The World Bank and Botswana authorities recently reached an agreement to develop a national strategic plan for the development of renewable energy. The strategic plan is aimed at aiding the country in gaining energy autonomy.
Botswana is looking to unleash its solar potential to contribute to the fight against climate change. President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana said that his government would make massive investments in solar energy in order to position the country as a global promoter of renewable energy.
Botswana is the largest diamond miner in Africa and imports almost half of its electricity needs from neighboring countries such as South Africa, Mozambique and Namibia. To break with this the government approached the World Bank and, on the basis of a recently signed agreement, the financial institution will provide the Botswana government with its technical expertise to develop a National Renewable Energy Strategic Plan.
“The partnership with the World Bank will not only enable our country to fight climate change by unlocking its solar potential, but also to boost the economy and create jobs,” said Mokgweetsi Masisi.