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Africa’s energy needs to be addressed urgently towards sustainable, affordable energy

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[来源]:网站管理员 [日期]:2017-05-09 

The  challenge of Africa’s energy needs to be  addressed most urgently with due consideration to sustainability,  affordability, and accessibility in the energy development efforts, has noted  Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

The  Premier made the remarks on Tuesday at the opening of the 6th edition of World  Hydropower Congress (WHC) taking place on May 9-11 in Ethiopia’s capital  Addis Ababa, bringing together leaders and specialists with hydropower-related  responsibilities.

The  biennial conference, which is coming to Africa for the first time, emphasizes environmental  and social aspects to look into during hydroelectric project planning stages,  and a commitment to better hydro in an age when resource management is more  important than ever.

The  Ethiopian Prime Minister has reiterated that Africa’s  development requires investment in reliable energy, underlining that  development is unthinkable in the absence of adequate and affordable electric  energy.

Despite  huge resource potential, Africa’s electric sector is  underdeveloped and leaves a large part of the population on the continent to a  life without access to modern electric energy, which compromised economic  growth and development as a result, he noted.

Speaking  on the occasion, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission,  Quartey Thomas Kwesi, stated that less than 10 percent of the hydropower  potential in Africa is exploited currently.

He  reiterated that current global discussions and development frameworks have  identified access to sustainable energy as a catalyst to promoting economic,  social and human development.

The AU  Commission strongly recognizes hydropower as a major means to expand and  improve the access to cost effective electricity on the continent as well as  enhancing the integration of the continent, noted the Deputy Chairperson.

The Chair  of the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization,  Liu Zhenya of China, noted that African energy development still faces many  difficulties and challenges.

He said  African Energy Interconnection is the key to energy transition and sustainable  development in Africa.

It was revealed on  the occasion that more than 600 million people in Africa do not have access to  electricity and most households rely on traditional biomass for cooking.