A meeting between high-level leaders from Africa and Europe has established the goal of providing energy access to 100 million Africans by 2020, and hydroelectric power will play a key role.
The meeting of the Africa-European Union Energy Partnership included more than 450 participants from 40 countries, at which the AEEP announced its goal of creating 10 GW of new hydropower.
“The Africa-EU Energy Partnership is a bold initiative founded on a simple fact: namely, that energy is fundamental to development,” said H.E. Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for Development Cooperation with the European Commission. “No energy means no sustained or sustainable economic growth, no sustainable agriculture, no quality healthcare, no decent education.
“In short, no energy means no development.”
Per recommendations established during the meeting, AEEP said it hopes to “reinforce the dialogue between policy-makers and stakeholders from the private sector, civil society and academia on topics corresponding to the Africa-EU Energy Partnership 2020 targets: energy access, renewable energy market development, energy efficiency and cross border interconnections.”
While officials said this first meeting focused more on establishing broader goals, AEEP said the next one will be “directed foward shaping a forward-looking vision for energy cooperation” and “to delivering concrete results”.
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