More than 120 stakeholders have called for faster actions towards universal energy access in Africa during the fourth sustainable energy for all (SEforALL) Africa workshop held 29-30 March 2017 at AfDB offices in Abidjan, as part of the Energy Week.
Conclusions from Abidjan will be taken to the upcoming SEforALL Global Forum held from 3 to 6th of April in New York .
Attended by more than 120 stakeholders, the meeting aimed at reinforcing collaboration and joining the forces for universal energy access, taking stock of recent progress and challenges, sharing best practices and innovative solutions and charting the way forward.
AfDB Vice President, Charles Boamah said energy is critical to Africa’s development and should be taken as a priority: “Energy is at the centre of all economic activities and no country will be able to progress unless reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy services are accessible to all.”
Boamah said the speed for energy access is not fast enough and current efforts will fall far short of achieving universal energy access for Africa by 2030.
The AfDB envisions an empowered and prosperous Africa, which, within ten years, has lights everywhere, with everybody using safe and modern energies for many purposes, including lighting, cooking and heating.
Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations and CEO of SEforALL highlighted in her keynote that “Africa has seen huge improvements in energy access in recent years. Building on hard work of recent years the emergence of integrated energy plans in key African countries and the concerted efforts to attract investment to them offers African countries the chance to show how clean and affordable energy access can be achieved on time and target”.
The SEforALL Africa hub, hosted by AfDB in partnership with AUC, NEPAD and UNDP, has been at the forefront of the implementation of the initiative in the African continent. SEforALL country action processes, such as the development of Action Agendas and Investment Prospectuses are underway in close to 30 African countries in response to the Sustainable Development Goal 7 on energy that aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable and modern energy for all by 2030.
“African countries have made considerable progress in defining their targets and identifying priority actions and investment opportunities. There needs to be now a concerted effort focused on implementation, resource mobilization and alignment of all stakeholders,” Says Daniel Schroth, SEforALL Africa Hub Coordinator.