The government is planning to provide electricity this year for 10,000 villages which still doesn’t have access to electricity, a top official said.
“We haven’t set a deadline yet to provide electricity to all the villages. This year, we will work on providing electricity for 10,000 villages,” said Myint Oo, deputy director general at the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development.
Myint Oo said the government aims to provide electricity to 10,000 more villages in 2015, we will provide electricity to another 10,000 villages.
Currently, more than 40,000 out of 64,000 villages in Myanmar doesn’t have access to electricity, he said.
The World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and Japan International Cooperation Agency have pledged to help with the government’s rural electrification program, Myint Oo added.
The deputy director general said the government has been successful in providing electricity rapidly during its tenure, however, budget remains a concern. The government will need to work together with local and foreign aid groups to reach its goal of providing electricity to all, he said.