Power Africa is a U.S. Government initiative that addresses one of the most pressing challenges to sustainable economic growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa – access to electrical power. President Obama announced the initiative in remarks at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, on June 30th, 2013. More than 69 percent of the population of sub-Saharan Africa has no access to electricity -- and that number rises to more than 85 percent in rural areas. And yet, the region has significant potential to develop clean, geothermal, hydro, wind, and solar energy.
Power Africa: Subject to the availability of funding, USG partners in Power Africa will commit over $7 billion in financial support over the next five years, during which time the initiative aims to increase electricity generation capacity by 5,000 MW. Together with its 36 signatory private sector partners, USG partners in Power Africa can offer a full suite of financial mechanisms for private companies from pre-feasibility to financial close. USAID serves as the lead agency for Power Africa, charged with managing the Secretariat.
The United States and its partners will work with an initial set of Power Africa partner countries, including Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania. These countries have set ambitious goals in electric power generation and are making the utility and energy sector reforms to pave the way for investment and growth. Power Africa will also partner with Uganda and Mozambique on responsible oil and gas resources management.
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Two out of three sub-Saharan Africans — 600 million people — lack access to electricity, forcing them to spend significant amounts of their income on costly and unhealthy forms of energy, like diesel to run factory generators and smoky and scarce wood for indoor fires for cooking.
The Challenge to Increase Access to Power
During his June 2013 trip to Africa, President Obama announced Power Africa — an initiative to double the number of people with access to power in Sub-Saharan Africa. Power Africa will achieve this goal by unlocking the substantial wind, solar, hydropower, natural gas, and geothermal resources in the region to enhance energy security, decrease poverty, and advance economic growth.
Resources to Help You Succeed- The U.S. Commercial Service in collaboration with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will present a three-part webinar series highlighting the various energy projects and best practices for exporting to sub-Saharan Africa.
Webinar 1 - Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa- This webinar will provide an overview of the Power Africa as well as energy opportunities in southern Africa. Featured speakers from U.S. Commercial Service - South Africa, USAID, and USTDA.
Webinar 2 - Energy Opportunities in West Africa- This webinar will provide an overview of energy opportunities in West Africa. Featured speakers from U.S. Commercial Service - Nigeria and Ghana, Millennium Challenge Corporation and Ex-Im Bank.
Webinar 3 - Energy Opportunities in East Africa- This final webinar highlight energy opportunities in East Africa. Featured speakers from U.S. Commercial Service - Kenya and USAID.
Webinar #1 - February 19
Webinar #2 - Fenruary 27
Webinar #3 - March 6
* All webinars at 10 am Eastern
Webinar #1 (February 19)
Webinar #2 (February 27)
Webinar #3 (March 6)
Deadline to Register
$25 per webinar
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