afrol News, 3 July - The financing of a study on the preparation of a National Domestic Energy Strategy (SNED) in Niger has been secured. The objective of the strategy is to provide the government with a sub-sectoral policy capable of sustainably catering for energy supply. It will also help to reduce the use of fuel wood in households.
The African Development Fund (ADF) today stated it had approved a grant of approximately CFAF 605,000,000 under the Technical Assistance Fund, to finance the study on the preparation of an SNED in Niger. The project was "in line with the country's development policy and the ADB’s country strategy, which emphasises sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction," the Fund says.
The first phase of the study was to involve "a diagnosis of the domestic energy sub-sector while the second will prepare the National Domestic Energy Strategy document in compliance with the general economic policy as well as energy and environmental sectoral policies documents," according to ADF.
The study was to end with the preparation of a fifteen-year action plan to implement the SNED. The ADF/TAF grant would be used to finance the entire foreign exchange cost and 83 percent of the local currency expenses of the study.
- The National Domestic Energy Strategy will enable the government of Niger to set up an adequate institutional framework for the sustainable management of the domestic energy sub-sector and prepare a medium-term investment programme, ADF says.
The duration of the project was estimated at 12 months.