At the fourth sustainable energy for all (SEforALL) Africa workshop, stakeholders called for faster action towards universal energy access in Africa.
Speaking on the occasion, AfDB VP, Charles Boamah said energy is critical to Africa’s development and should be taken as a priority: “Energy is at the center of all economic activities and no country will be able to progress unless reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy services are accessible to all.”
Boamah however notes that the speed on 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 10 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 on target.”