Energy sector: cooperation between Italy and Kenya is growing

A moment during the meeting (photo: Ministry of Energy Kenya) 

Energy Cabinet Secretary Hon Charles Keter joined by Energy Principal Secretary Dr. Eng Joseph Njoroge today met and had discussions on matters Energy with Italian Ambassador to Kenya H.E Alberto Pieri when he paid him a courtesy call in his office.


Kenya  has a remarkable energy mix: hydro, geothermal, solar and wind energy play a significant role in power generation. Moreover, according to a report published by The Oxford Business Group, recent oil finds may soon feed into the segment and establish Kenya as a hydrocarbons exporter for the first time.

The Kenya Vision 2030 has identified Energy as a key foundation and one of the infrastructural “enablers” upon which the economic, social and political pillars of this long-term development strategy will be built.

The Ministry of Energy plays an important role in creating a favorable environment for the private sector through the formulation of policies and the development of an adequate legal and regulatory framework.

In this framework, there are excellent relationships between Italy and Kenya.

Beyond noumerous initiatives of Italian companies in Kenya, it is useful to remark the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea and the Ministry of Energy and Oil of Kenya on January 23rd, 2018.

The scope of the MoU is to settle a cooperation in the field of sustainable energy, mitigation and adaptation to climite change.

The Memorandum identifies various cooperation objectives including:

• the support for the implementation, monitoring and communication of National Reduction Targets (NDCs) in the renewable energy sector;
• the support for the development and implementation of policies, strategies and programs on renewable, in order to achieve the emission reduction target set by the Republic of Kenya;
• the promotion and development of renewable energies, in particular hydropower, geothermal, biomass, wind and solar ;
• the promotion and deployment of renewable energy technologies for off-grid rural electrification as decentralized systems.

These objectives will be achieved through different initiatives such as the realization of joint projects, the promotion of private sector participation and activities to implement Public- Private Partnership initiatives, the enhancement of cooperation with non-governmental organizations for mini-grid and renewable energy projects, the development of joint fundraising activities with regard to global climate change and sustainable development.

According to the MoU, the Italian Ministry of the Environment co-finances the activities approved under the Memorandum with a maximum amount of 3 million euros.

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