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Cablegate: Tanzania's Response to Congressional Report On Energy

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SUBJECT: TANZANIA'S RESPONSE TO CONGRESSIONAL REPORT ON ENERGY

REF: State 010743

1. Post offers the following input for the Department's use in
preparing the reports requested in the Energy Independence and
Security Act of 2007 (EISA):

A. The Political/Economic Section handles energy matters. The
total number of staff in the section when fully staffed consists of
5 FSOs, 2 full-time Eligible Family Members (EFMs), and 5 Locally
Engaged Staff (LES), all handling a variety of portfolios.

B. Political and Economic staff worked on energy issues in calendar
year 2007 as follows:

one Political/Economic Section Chief: 5 percent
one Economic and Commercial Officer: 10 percent
one Economic LES: 10 percent
one Economic LES: 5 percent

C. The Political/Economic Section monitors and reports on
developments in the energy sector, including electricity, natural
gas, oil, solar power, and biofuels. Reporting on transparency and
anti-corruption issues includes the energy sector, particularly the
highly subsidized electricity companies. Commercially, the LES
handle inquiries from U.S. businesses seeking to invest in the
energy sector in Tanzania, and assist with scheduling meetings for
investors, including large U.S. corporations, to meet with
Government of Tanzania officials.

D. Budget: The Political/Economic Section does not have designated
State Department funds to support energy-related activities.

-- personnel costs: the prorated estimated salary costs of the
two FSOs and the two LES who work part-time on energy issues totals
USD 12,407 per annum.

-- programs: post currently has no energy-related programs that
are funded.

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