Ms Sudeshna Bernejee, Practice Manager, World Bank

Senior Public and Private Sector Officials

Distinguished Guests Ladies and Gentlemen,

It gives me great pleasure, to join you this evening at the closing Ceremony of the launch of the Kenya National Electrification Strategy.

It has been 2 days of vibrant deliberations shared across the broad-spectrum from our major stakeholder: government agencies, development partners, private sector, civil society and the academia. We are extremely pleased to have hosted delegations from USA, Uganda, Tanzania, Madagascar, Bangladesh, India, Ghana, Mozambique and Brazil.

I am very glad that each of our partners has received the Kenya National Electrification Strategy with great enthusiasm. With the valuable ideas and input obtained from this Conference, I am confident that we are going to achieve our goal of electrifying every household in this country by 2022.

As was noted yesterday, Kenya has been at the forefront of the success stories in Africa and it has provided valuable lessons for other African countries. This is through the tremendous gains arising from increased connectivity through the Last Mile Project, use of solar home systems, rural and the slum electrification program.

With the launch of this strategy, Kenya is poised to set another milestone in Sub- Sahara Africa by becoming the first country to achieve universal access to electricity in the region.
From our serious deliberations, it is clear that concerted effort of all stakeholders is required in order for us achieve the goal that we have set for ourselves.

At the Ministry we are already taking steps to implement the KNES. The Ministry has formed a Coordinating Unit to facilitate the rolling out of the strategy.

Further, through our flagship project -Kenya Off Grid Solar Access Project (KOSAP) that has been financed by the World Bank at a cost of $150 Million, where we will electrify about 1.3 million people in 14 underserved counties.

Those from the private sector should be pleased to know that KOSAP has brought in a Credit and Results Based Facility that is expected to spur your interest to extend solar home solutions to these marginalised counties. We expect that the Facility SNV-SunFunder will be receiving proposals from the Private Sector from March this year.

Ladies and Gentlemen, universal access to electricity will require significantly more funds than what has been pledged so far.

Further, uiversal access to electricity cannot be achieved by public resources alone and significant scale-up of private investment is needed in off-grid solutions.

As I conclude, I would like to thank the Cabinet Secretary for his support throughout this process.

We want to thank our development partners who have supported us in the energy projects, namely: The World Bank, EU, EIB, AFD, AFDB, JICA, KFW, GIZ and Power Africa.

In particular, we want to thank the World Bank for supporting the formulation and launch of the strategy. We thank EIB for providing workshop stationery including the carrier bags, pens, lanyards and note books, and GIZ for partly paying for the venue costs.

We also want to thank all the distinguished guests who graced this launch.

Special thanks to all Resource Persons and Delegates. Your participation enriched the deliberations and contributed highly to the success of this launch. Our appreciation goes to all the service providers including, the management of Kenyatta International Convention Centre and the media who covered the event extensively.

We are also grateful to the staff of Apex Porter Noveli, who assisted in planning this event. Last and but not least we want to thank the Ministry of Energy sector Staff who planned for this event.

With these few remarks, I declare the Kenya National Electrification Strategy Conference and Exhibition officially closed.

We wish you well as you travel back home.

Asante Sana!

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