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Gambia Launches National Platform for Energy Nexus

the Adviser to the Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Momodu B Sarr, said that the government of The Gambia strives to provide Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) by 2030, cognizant of the importance of energy projects for other key sectors of the economy. “For any country to achieve meaningful development it must be able to provide adequate, reliable, and affordable energy service to its people, (a reason) the government of The Gambia has accorded high priority to the energy sector,” he said. According to him, “The Gambia National Platform for Energy Nexus is established to focus on the interlinkages in order to strengthen the collaboration relating to energy issues among key sectors.” Khadijdiatou Diallo UNIDO country representative, described the launching as a milestone for the government of The Gambia saying, “in the past decades, efforts were made in terms of policies such as on energy, trade and consumer protection in The Gambia.” According to her, the National Platform will facilitate the implementation of incentives to promote the uptake and dissemination of the targeted EE solutions at large scale in different sectors, geographical areas and target groups. She emphasized that after the establishment of the platform, it is expected that at least 20 projects will use the Nexus approach to encompass RE/EE in other sectors and efforts will also be made to use gender mainstreaming during the implementation as 40% of the platform representatives will be women. “In line with our mandate to promote Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development, we support together with our partners the inevitable energy transition and the associated industrial transformation through promoting policy coherence, technology innovation and integrated energy system,” she concluded.