Monday, May 10, 2010

U.S. & Zanzibar To Solve Electricity Problem

Last week the United States and the nation of Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania in East Africa, signed an aid package that reportedly financed a $28M submarine power cable connecting the mainland to the islands.

Frequent power outages have prompted the need for a replacement cable with the assistance of the United States. The new 100 megawatt cable will more than double the capacity of the previous one.

Inconsistent and lacking power supply is badly hurting the economy which derives one-quarter of its GDP and 70% of foreign exchange from tourism. President of Zanzibar Mr. Amani Abeid Karume said that $150M will be invested in power projects over the next two years.

U.S. Ambassador Alfonso Lenhardt discussed the importance of a reliable power supply as fundamental for economic prosperity but also the vitality of which for the "health and well-being of every resident of this island."

-Nick Mohazzabfar