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Africa-EU energy partnership to promote Africa electrification

A joint statement stresses the urgent need to promote Africa electrification and agreed to launch as soon as possible the process for the elaboration of an Electricity Master-Plan for Africa including, for instance, renewable energy cooperation.
High-level discussions on the implementation of the Africa-EU energy partnership took place at the premises of the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to establish the Africa-EU Energy Partnership as part of the EU-Africa Joint Strategy.

The partners agreed, for instance:
  • to further define the Capacity Building Program in support to the African Power Pools and the African Forum for Utility Regulation (AFUR) which will be financed under the Energy Facility.
  • in increasing transparency, promote energy interconnections in Africa and between Africa and the EU;
  • elaborate a Road Map for the launching and implementation of a Renewable Energy Cooperation program support the elaboration of Country.
  • implementation Plans and participation in the Global Gas Flaring Reduction partnership[3] by oil and gas producing countries.
  • It also stressed the importance of measures in the area of energy efficiency and energy savings.
The joint statement calls upon the European countries and the private sector to further mobilize resources for investment in energy sector both in the supply and demand side.

Joint statement on the implementation of the first Action Plan of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership was signed by Dr. Elham Mahmoud Ahmed Ibrahim, African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid and Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Energy.

The Statement will be officially endorsed during the AU-EU College to College meeting which will take place on the 1st October in Brussels.

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News date: 09/09/2008

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