Speech by H.E. Ms. Jacobsen at the inauguration of the Kikuletwa Training Center

The Norwegian Ambassador to Tanzania, H.E. Ms. Elisabeth Jacobsen, together with Acting Rector of ATC Dr. Masoud Senzia.

Friday 17th of January the Norwegian Ambassador to Tanzania, H.E. Ms. Elisabeth Jacobsen, attended the inauguration of the Kikuletwa Training Center for Renewable Energy. Norway entered into an agreement to support Arusha Technical College (ATC) with NOK 23 million in 2014. The Norwegian contribution was given to ensure technical support for ATC to realise plans to reconstruct and develop a hydropower plant at Kikuletwa as well as develop courses in hydropower and establish the Kikuletwa Hydropower Training Centre.

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  • Mheshimiwa Waziri wa Elimu, Sayansi na Teknolojia, Prof. Joyce Ndalichako
  • Katibu Mkuu, Wizara ya Elimu, Sayansi na Teknlojia, Dr. Leonard Akwilapo
  • Mheshimiwa Mkuu wa Mkoa wa Wilaya ya Hai, Ole Sabaya
  • Mwenyekiti wa bodi ya chuo cha ufundi Arusha, Prof. Siza  Tumbo
  • Kaimu Mkuu wa Chuo cha Ufundi Arusha, Dr. Masoud Senzia
  • Muwakilishi kutoka Benki ya Dunia(World Bank), Mr.Kaboko
  • Washiriki wote wa hafla hii
  • Mabibi na Mabwana

Habari za asubuhi na Kheri ya Mwaka Mpya!

Nimefurahi sana kuwepo hapa pamoja na nyinyi leo kushuhudia uzinduzi rasmi wa kituo cha mafunzo cha Kikuletwa. Hongereni sana,  katika hatua hii muhimu ya kutekeleza lengo kuu la kukifanya kituo hiki kuwa kituo mahiri cha Nishati jadilifu (Center of excellence in Renewable energy)  katika ukanda wa Afrika Mashariki . Kiswahili changu bado siyo kizuri sana kama chenu, kwa hiviyo nitaendelea hotuba yangu kwa lugha ya kiingereza.

I believe investing in education and energy are among the most important things we can do to promote sustainable development of our societies. Promoting education and access to modern energy are top priorities for the Norwegian government’s development policy. If we are to create more employment, fight poverty and fight climate change – we need to educate the future generations.

Globally, we need to put even more efforts into to achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 on education and SDG 7 on access to energy. Everyone has a right to education. Striving to leave no one behind, we must particularly remember to include girls and people with disabilities. The world will need 600 million new jobs by 2030. To fill these jobs with well-qualified workers, high quality, relevant vocational training is essential.

Tanzania and Norway enjoy a long-standing and strong partnership that date back to before independence. Today, Tanzania is one of Norway's 10 partner countries for long-term development. Norway supports Tanzania's goal to become a middle-income country less dependent of aid. Norway‘s priority sectors are particularly important for achieving this goal, and these are sectors where Norwegian expertise is in demand. The priority sectors are private sector development, renewable energy, petroleum management, increased revenue mobilization through improved fiscal and financial management, and environment and climate change.

Tanzania is also major beneficiary from multilateral assistance and global funds, including health, education and infrastructure, to which Norway is a major contributor.

We have a particularly strong cooperation within the energy sector. Norway have assisted Tanzania since the 1970’s in developing its human and natural resources in this area. Throughout the Tanzanian-Norwegian cooperation on the energy sector, many students from both countries have traveled to both countries to study, bringing back new impressions and contributing to the development of our energy sectors. Due to Norway’s long experience in the energy sector, for example with hydropower development, we are confident that we are a useful partner for Tanzania also in the future.

I am therefore proud to announce that this year marks 50 years of energy cooperation between Tanzania and Norway. A cooperation that is built on long-standing relations of mutual respect. Celebrating 50 years of energy sector cooperation between Tanzania and Norway, we have worked together to prepare a historic report documenting this successful cooperation. We are looking forward to launching this report later this year. And we are grateful for ATC’s contribution to this upcoming report.

One of the successes of our cooperation is indeed present to us today, namely the Kikuletwa Training Centre. Since 2014, the Norwegian Embassy in Dar es Salaam has cooperated with Arusha Technical College to support the development of the Kikuletwa Hydropower Plant and Training Center. Together we have achieved good results:

  1. We have improved education facilities for the center such as classrooms, student’s dormitories, expiate housing and access roads.
  2. We have increased the competence of the ATC academic staff in hydropower engineering through various tailor made trainings, such as the collaboration with Norwegian International Centre for Hydropower (ICH) and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
  3. We have created jobs - the project was able to attract temporary income opportunities for the community surrounding Kikuletwa up to 400 people during the implementation stage.

Ladies and Gentlemen, together we have made it possible for the Kikuletwa Training Center to provide vocational training courses for artesian and technicians as we see it today. I am pleased to learn that up to 2019 this center is now able to accommodate 71 artisans and 46 technician students. Hongereni sana!

The implementation of this project has also faced some challenges, in particular the planned construction of the new Kikuletwa hydropower plant. The hydropower plant was planned to be an important practical training facility as well as a generator for commercial purposes through private investments.

Unfortunately, the industrial investor pulled out of the development of the hydropower plant in March last year due to challenging framework conditions for business investments in Tanzania. Among the challenges were unpredictability on the Power Purchase Agreements, the tariffs offered by Tanesco, the issue of national arbitration and making the project bankable. 

I am aware of the gradual progress in implementing the Blue Print for Regulatory Reforms on Tanzania Business Environment, which will ensure a predictable business climate for private sector investments. Honorable Minister, our cooperation with ATC has equally used many resources in the preparations for the construction of the Kikuletwa Hydropower plant including feasibility studies and business plans. ATC staff and consultants have dedicated a lot of their valuable time in ensuring that all necessary permits are obtained for take-off of Kikuletwa Hydro Power Plant and the development of greater hydropower plants further down the cascade – the Kikuletwa III. It will be important that the Tanzanian government make sure that there are predictable and conducive conditions for investments in renewable energy, including attracting an industrial investor for a future construction of a hydropower plant at Kikuletwa.

A conducive business environment is key for Tanzania`s economic development. A reliable and efficient public sector that supports private sector investments will create revenues, jobs as well as skills development.

I am glad to see that the World Bank has decided to support ATC and Kikuletwa Training Centre through the Eastern Africa Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project (EASTRIP). ATC can definitely be proud to have been selected as of one of the four high quality institutions in Tanzania to receive funds from the World Bank program. I am certain that the high ambitions to develop Kikuletwa further into Centre of Excellency within hydropower for the region can be realized.

Finally, let me reiterate that development is about people. It is therefore important for any country to invest in its human capital, by ensuring adequate education and skills development.

I wish you all fruitful deliberations and congratulations again!

Asanteni sana!