Securing Africa’s energy sector key to post-pandemic recovery
High-level officials representing a range of African economies met under the theme of Securing Africa’s Energy Future in the Wake of COVID-19 at the second AUC-EIA Ministerial Forum.
The Forum was chaired by Dr Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Association; Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy; and Gwede Mantashe, South Africa’s Minister of Mineral Resources. Ministers representing almost three-quarters of the continent’s energy consumption and more than half of its population met with global leaders to consider how to revitalise the African energy sector and enable a sustainable post-pandemic economic recovery.
Energy leaders from global economies such as the European Union, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States also took part, along with senior figures from international organisations, companies and civil society.
Recognising the severe impact of the COVID-19 crises on African economies and the importance of the energy sector for continued economic development across the continent participants agreed on the urgent need to enhance actions which will ensure sustainable economic recovery and significantly scale up energy investment over the next three years.
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