Regular blackouts and an inefficient, dirty and expensive way of producing electricity has contributed significantly to state debts. At the same time the output is somewhat deflating. Even in comparison to its Arabic neighbours.
The Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) invited with the support of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung on February 17 for an open and honest discussion about the reasons for the deadlock situation and how to overcome it. Close to 180 people followed this invitation among them the Minister for Energy and Water, Mr. Cezar Khalil. Discussions focussed not only on technical and financial aspect but also on political and institutional shortcomings.
This system under stress already was unable to cope with unexpected challenges. It was widely agreed upon that state planner were – if at all – largely occupied with catching up developments and meeting demands than proactively shaping a better and more sustainable set-up. This however, is much needed and was repeatedly asked for by the international community.