The Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has said Government will continue to prioritise the energy sector to ensure that all people have access to clean energy in addition to providing adequate and reliable power supply to support industrialization, job creation and transformation of society into a middle income status.

“The Vision 2040 and NDP II observe that for Uganda to achieve the desired socio-economic transformation, the energy sector needs to provide at least 41,783 Mega Watts of energy by the year 2040 and also increase access to the national grid by 80 percent,” Rugunda said.

He added that the energy sector has responded to the national demand by developing its hydro- power and complementing with other renewable forms of energy including, wind, solar and bio- gas.

The Premier made the remarks while presiding over the launch of 1SO 9001: 2015 Certification for Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) at Kampala Serena Hotel on Wednesday.

ISO 9001: 2015 Certification is the International Standards Organization’s most recent quality management standard. It aims at improving industrial operations and enhancing client satisfaction globally.

PM Rugunda in a photo with Minister Lokeris, NRM SG and ERA officials after the launch of ISO 9001-2015 Certification for ERA at Serena Hotel, Kampala on Wednesday.(Photo by PMPU)

The Prime Minister, congratulated ERA upon this achievement and noting that ISO certification is evidence of the energy sector’s progress, which resonates with the NRM Government’s efforts to reform the energy sector.

Rugunda said access to modern energy is a necessary precondition for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)

He added that some of the Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved through access to modern energy services include poverty reduction, access to clean water, improved public health, better education, women’s empowerment and increased food production.

Rugunda also noted that Government was committed to providing additional resources to the energy sector as the financial situation improves.

He said other initiatives to increase and ensure adequate supply of power are being undertaken by Government and these include construction of Karuma and Isimba Hydro power plants and several transmission lines.

The Minister of State for Minerals, Peter Lokeris on behalf of the Ministry said ISO 9001: 2015 sets standards for the energy sector as well as other sectors to attain efficiency through its benefits, which in turn enhance social economic transformation.

“With the ISO certification, quality management will be ensured, there will be increased efficiency and effectiveness, improved satisfaction to stakeholders and sustainable best practices among others,” Lokeris said.

The Board Chairman Electricity Regulatory Authority, Richard Santo Apire, said the ISO 9001: 2015 Certification, will not only enable the organization to execute its mandate extensively with transparency but will also create a conducive environment for both local and foreign investment in the sector.

The Chief Executive Officer, ERA, Ziria Tibalwa Waako, noted that some of the companies regulated by Electricity Regulatory Authority have already achieved their ISO certification and urged companies that have not yet been certified to ISO 9001: 2015 to urgently do so for the benefit of the stakeholders.

The ISO 9001:2015 was released in September 2015 replacing the previous standard of ISO 9001: 2008.

The function was also attended by the Secretary General of NRM, Kasule Lumumba, and the Chairperson, Public Service Commission, Justice Ralph Ochan among others.

ENDS

Thursday, May 31, 2018

BY DOREEN NASASIRA