Tanzania still lags behind its grid electricity connection targets, despite government’s deliberate initiatives to reach more people, a new report shows. The connectivity of power supplied by the Tanzania Electricity Company (Tanesco) increased from 18 per cent in 2011/12 to 29 per cent in 2017/18, according to the latest Household Budget Survey released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). However, the increase has not matched the government’s ambitions.
The government planned to increase connection levels to 30 per cent by 2015, 50 per cent by 2025 and at least 75 per cent by 2033, according to the Electricity Supply Industry Reform Strategy and Roadmap for 2014 – 2025.
The current level of access varies between rural and urban areas, and from one region to another. Dar es Salaam is reported to have the largest percentage (79.9 per cent of households) followed by Kilimanjaro at 44.9 per cent. Singida has the smallest connection with just 7.5 per cent of the households connected to electricity.
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