Stakeholders’ Consultation – Development of a Renewable Energy Roadmap for Afghanistan
Ministry of Energy and Water
August 17, 2016
It is the intent of the government to increase the use of domestic resources to generate energy for the well-being and economic development of the people. Fortunately, Afghanistan is blessed with abundant resources for generating energy from renewable energy sources, such as solar energy, wind energy, and biomass resources. The government has commissioned the development of a plan (or roadmap) to ensure that these resources are exploited for the maximum benefit of the Afghan people and in the most effective manner. The Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) has developed a plan for this renewable energy development which includes both large and small installations, and places a great emphasis on increasing the involvement of the private sector and Afghan local resources. The MEW is being supported in this effort by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). To ensure that this plan or roadmap is in line with the wishes of the government and people of Afghanistan, the MEW has organized a workshop to present the initial plan structure which has been attended by government ministries, representatives of the private sector, civil society / NGOs, and the international development community. The purpose of the workshop is to ensure that the views of these important stakeholders were taken into account even at this early stage to promote transparency and participation in the plans of the government. The workshop was organized so as to present this initial draft plan and obtain the views, opinions and suggestions for improvement of these diverse group of participants.