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African Ambassadors to the US and American Partners Held Discussion on ''Power Africa" Initiative at the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington DC.
/ Tsehaye Debalkew Washington DC, November 7, 2013/

Over 40 African countries represented in Washington D.C. met and held deep going discussion on the way forward with President Obama's Power Africa, a new initiative to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa @ the Chancery of the Ethiopian Embassy.

Ambassador Girma Birru, Special Envoy and Ambassador Extra-Ordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia to the US who opened the confab underlined in his remark the profound importance of the initiative which could help in the alleviation of the challenges observed in the sector.

The Ambassador recounted that more than two-thirds of the population of sub-Saharan Africa is currently without electricity, and more than 85 percent of those living in rural areas lack access to power, he underscored.

The Special Envoy who is also the resident ambassador of Ethiopia to Canada and Mexico brought to light that the US government has pledged to commit more than $7 Billion in financial support over the next five years to this effort.

Ambassador Girma also noted that an allotment of more than $9 Billion in initial commitments from the private sector which power Africa Initiative will also leverage would have a positive impact on African investment portfolio.

In reference to the timeliness of the meeting Ambassador Girma who summoned today's meeting in his capacity as the Chairperson of the Ambassadors' Group of AGOA eligible countries punctuated that African countries should utilize the prevailing present climate as an opportune moment to further the already strengthened engagement with the US in terms of infrastructure and investment.

As regards to many African countries that currently fall out of the fold of the initiative, Ambassador Girma opined that jointly engaging the US public and private sectors would certainly yield the inclusion of other countries.

Ambassador Girma further revealed that according to reports, a US-Africa Energy meeting is scheduled to take place in 2014 which makes today's meeting quintessential, he underlined.

Mr. Somduth Sobrun, Mauritius' Ambassador to the US who is also the Co-Chairman of AGOA eligible countries Ambassadors' group expressed his opinion that the briefing session was essential and timely. The participants of the meeting also hailed the informative nature of the confab and expressed their belief that such meetings would continue to be held in the future.

Participants on the American side representing USAID, MCC, US Department of Energy, the State Department and Staffers from the US Congress made an eloquent participation by explaining issues raised by the attendees. Also actively participating were guests from Leadership Africa who took the initiative of organizing and running the confab along with the Ethiopian Embassy.

Power Africa will build on Africa's enormous power potential, including new discoveries of vast reserves of oil and gas, and the potential to develop clean geothermal, hydro, wind and solar energy. According to the international Energy Agency, sub-Saharan Africa will require more than $300 billion in investment to achieve universal electricity access by 2030.

The United States and its partners will work with an initial set of power Africa partner countries, including Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania. These countries have set ambitious goals in electric power generation and are making the utility and energy sector reforms to pave the way for investment and growth. Power Africa will also partner with Uganda and Mozambique on responsible oil and gas resources management according to News reports.

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