Promoting Private Capital to Fuel Africa's Energy Growth


The United States and Ethiopia convened a high-level meeting of African energy ministers, civil society and development organizations, researchers and some 30 U.S. companies in the petroleum and energy sector on June 3-4. The meeting in Addis Ababa showcased African and U.S. energy policies and discuss best practices. One highlight was the announcement of a 'Beyond the Grid' Initiative in which the U.S. government is investing $1 billion to create about 20 million new electricity connections in sub-Saharan Africa. In an AllAfrica interview before the minsiterial, U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz discusses the goals for the conference and President Obama's Power Africa initiative. And Symbion Power CEO Paul Hinks describes how 'user-friendly' U.S. support can boost energy access across Africa. More in the AllAfrica Briefing: U.S.-Africa Energy Ties

Beaufort West, Western Cape province: Electricity pylons.

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