Hon. Okaasai Sidronius Opolot

Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Republic of Uganda

Minister of State for Energy

Hon. Okaasai Sidronius Opolot aged 64 is the Minister of State for Energy, Republic of Uganda. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Plant Protection, Major from AL- Fateh University, Tripoli Libya and a Master of Science Degree in Plant Disease Management obtained from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth United Kingdom. He has vast knowledge and experience in public administration and is an expert in Crop Science, Epidemic control in crops and crop resources having worked in the Agricultural Sector from 1983 at various levels up to the position of Director, Crop Resources. He retired from public service 2018 on attaining mandatory retirement age of 60 years. He is a Member of Parliament of Kumi County in Eastern Uganda since 2021 and a Minister of State for Energy. He is passionate about the progress of Uganda’s petroleum and energy sectors and believes in their potential to cause socio-economic transformation. In this regard, he was instrumental in the passing of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP)Act, 2021 to facilitate the EACOP project in Uganda and is currently guiding the amendment of the Electricity Act to reform and improve the Electricity sector in the Country. 

Sessions With Hon. Okaasai Sidronius Opolot

Thursday, 10 March

  • 07:30am - 08:35am (CST) / 10/mar/2022 01:30 pm - 10/mar/2022 02:35 pm

    Africa: Power to the people

    Panel Power & Renewables
    The challenges facing sub-Saharan African power are well known: access, reliability, delivered cost, and sources of funding. Overlaying these fundamentals are the pressures and opportunities associated with the global energy transition. The combination makes for complicated choices in investments and trade-offs for priorities between generation from fossil fuels, large-scale hydro and other renewables, transmission reinforcement and off-grid/captive solutions, fossil plant upgrades or retirements, and site re-purposing; national supply security and regional interconnected trade; and the market models needed to underpin them. How are key African stakeholders weighing these challenges? How could their decisions align or differ from what is happening in other more-developed regions?