I read with concern “The elephant in the room – an expose on racial equity and energy access” by Ms Aneri Pradhan. The article discusses the low share of local ownership in energy access businesses – which I agree is a genuine issue that requires discussion.
However, it then states that this reflects a racially motivated effort across the renewable energy sector to disadvantage local companies to the benefit of foreign companies. In my view, this is a plainly wrong assessment of what is happening. It is also a disservice to the local governments, development partners and industry who are committed to solving the energy access challenge, as well as to the author’s intention, as such inflammatory language distracts from a constructive discussion of the issues and their solutions.
Read the full statement of Patrick Tonui, East Africa Regional Representative, GOGLA.