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Through the Global Gateway strategy, the European Union has announced a second package of EUR 166 Million to support Tanzania’s Blue Economy initiative, digital transition and green revolution. Photo/Panafricavisions

While the government of Tanzania has not listed specific projects that the Global Gateway grant will finance, the country already has several green initiatives underway and is leading the region in digital transformation.

The EU envisions that through the grant funding various solutions will be realized under five main banners; green transition, digital transition, accelerating sustainable growth and decent job creation, strengthening health systems and improving education and training

In this regard, the EU is of the view that tackling the global challenge of climate change, it must work with Africa to maximise the benefits of the green transition and minimise threats to the environment in full compliance with the Paris Agreement, as stated in the official EU statement.

The findings are quite encouraging for Sonatrach and Algeria, both of which have not seen major increases in their hydrocarbon reserves since the middle of the 2000s.

Since the beginning of the year, Algeria has experienced an increase in the amount of oil and gas being exported via pipeline and sea; Algeria has provided Italy with 13.9 billion cubic metres, which is more than 113 per cent of the amounts that were originally expected.

More recently, Occidental (US), Total Energies (France), and Eni (Italy) came to an agreement worth US$4 billion to develop a site located in the Berkine perimeter and generate 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent. The transaction was signed by all three companies.

Sonatrach and other international oil firms can now enter into production-sharing agreements according to a hydrocarbon law passed in 2019, despite the fact that the legislation sparked some street protests. However, it established a legal basis for more investment in Algeria.