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Ulstein explained that sub-Saharan Africa is one of the most important investment hubs on the continent with unexplored opportunities in the energy sector, which Norway plans to explore so as to create more jobs.
The Norwegian minister for international development, Hon. Dag Inge Ulstein, (L) state minister incharge of minerals, Hon. Peter Lokeris (R) inspect Bujjagali energy limited in Jinja district.

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The Norwegian government plans to create 1 million jobs in Sub-Saharan Africa through establishment of hydro power projects in the region. 

The Norwegian International Development Minister, Dag Inge Ulstein disclosed this during a media briefing shortly after paying a courtesy visit to Bujjagali Energy Limited (BEL) in Jinja district this morning.  

He said Norway is committed to fund the energy sector, which has career opportunities for the ever increasing unemployed youth in the region through the state owned Norfund and SN power.

Ulstein explained that sub-Saharan Africa is one of the most important investment hubs on the continent with unexplored opportunities in the energy sector, which Norway plans to explore so as to create more jobs.

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Ali Mukasa, the Director for Project Development in Africa SN power told URN that they have so far acquired 65% of Bujjagali Energy Limited and are slated to sign a power purchase agreement with Rwanda over a hydro power plant at river Ruzizi early next month. 

Mukasa says SN power is currently making feasibility studies in Malawi and Madagascar, which are likely to create more jobs on the continent.

“Our projects in Malawi and Madagascar are still at infantry stages and our engineers have just embarked on carrying out feasibility studies of the hydro power energy, but when all that is done, more jobs will be created in the region,” he said. 

Ulstein also disclosed that Norway is set to invest more in Africa’s energy sector and work on strengthening partnerships with their allies in the region.

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Peter Lokeris, the Minerals State Minister, said that during the construction works, Bujjagali Energy Limited alone offered 200,000 jobs to the population.

Lokeris disclosed that Norway has been Uganda’s ally in the energy sector and provided funds towards the construction of electricity transmission lines and capacity building for the past 25 years.