Stakeholders discuss gas use

Tuesday May 7 2019

 

By Rosemary Mirondo @mwaikama rmirondo@tz.nationmedia.com

Dar es Salaam. Stakeholders in the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) sub-sector are expected to deliberate on the role of the sector in economic growth during their July meeting in Dar es Salaam. Tanzania will be hosting the meeting--Africa LPG Summit-- from July 3 to 4 for the second time.
A similar summit was first held in the country in 2016. The acting executive director for the Petroleum Bulk Procurement Agency (PBPA), Tanzania, Mr Erasto Mulokozi, said in a statement yesterday that other issues to be discussed at the meeting include skill transfer, knowledge sharing for all stakeholders and the empowerment of women.
 The event, the 6th African LPG Conference so far, will also include an exhibition of 80 companies.
The conference agenda will focus on the East African region.
The event is backed by PBPA and World LPG Association (WLPGA).
He said Tanzanians are now increasingly realising the fact that LPG is healthier, more environmentally friendly as well as cheaper and more economic than charcoal.
He said experts will also focus on the innovative uses of LPG in Tanzania and East Africa, and technology as a means to boost safety and access to LPG across the region.
The goal is to convert 1 billion people from cooking with biomass to cooking with LPG by 2030.
The summit seeks to proliferate the use of LPG at a time when it has become economically sensible for the majority of users who are still using traditional fuels to switch to LPG.
The LPG summit will also promote the use of fuel for cooking, heating and power generation.
LPG is the fuel of choice in the emerging markets and the LPG summit is the platform that will bring the people, government and businesses together as Africa enters a new phase of development.