USAID Brings Electricity to Kapoeta, southern Sudan

USAID Brings Electricity to Kapoeta, southern Sudan


Electricity is one of the infrastructure needs for production of
commodities that improve the standard of living. Electricity promotes industrialization, therefore
providing employment opportunity. It also reduces dependency on firewood and charcoal.
Therefore, the launch of power installation at Kapoeta to provide electricity is a good
development. The official inauguration of electricity project
which was funded by USAID was attended by U.S. Consul General to south Sudan, Ambassador
R. Barrie Walkley. First and foremost we hope there are two benefits, those are economic
development and security. The street lights make it much safer for people to be out at
night and they also allow the businesses especially those that are connected to the power system
to extend their hours of operation, serve more diverse communities, and really expand
their commercial activities here in Kapoeta. U.S. Consul General Ambassador R. Barrie Walkley.
The U.S. Government will continue to support development in southern Sudan. Those references
to light were literally and figuratively appropriate, because today we are literally and figuratively
bringing light to Kapoeta with the opening the inauguration of this project. The Kapoeta
power plant can today serve approximately 725 customers through 20 kilometers of completed
electric lines. And in the future will be able to serve up to 900 customers as the network
expands. As we inaugurate this power plant today marking a new era for the people who
live and work in Kapoeta, I want to tell you, on behalf of the American people, we stand
with you. With this development, residents of Kapoeta are extremely excited. This is
what our late leader Dr. John Garang said, taking town to the people. Taking town to
the people doesn’t mean taking physical structures. We mean taking services to the
people. And these services cover all areas that are mentioned. This is a facility that
is now installed in Kapoeta. It’s a tremendous achievement for us as the government of Eastern
Equatoria, for the people of the Kapoeta town in particular who are going to be the beneficiaries. The introduction
of electricity in Kapoeta, our village, changed the life of the people and it will really
attract more investors to come into Kapoeta. As you can see, bringing electricity to Kapoeta
has improved the lives of small business owners and adds a great deal of security and other
benefits for residents of Kapoeta, north, south, and east.

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