During his visit to three African countries, President Barack Obama announced an initiative aiming to double access to electricity across in Sub Saharan Africa. A U.S.$7 billion commitment to 'Power Africa' from the U.S. government over the next five years is to be supplemented by more than U.S.$9 billion in leveraged private investments to support projects in an initial set of partner countries, including Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda. Legislation introduced in the U.S. Congress supports the same electrification goal.
Obama Plan to Electrify Africa Offers a "New Model" of Aid
IPS, 2 July 2013
During an eight-day trip to Africa, President Barack Obama unveiled an ambitious plan to improve access to electricity across the continent, a move the White House says is designed… Read more »
At a power plant in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, President Obama discusses a new initiative called Power Africa that aims to double access to electricity ... see more »
Obama Urges Speed On Power Projects
Daily News, 3 July 2013
THE United States President Barack Obama concluded his two day visit to Tanzania with a call to the government to ensure that projects that will be established under Power Africa… Read more »
Power Sector is Ready for 'Stampede' of Investment - General Electric
allAfrica, 1 July 2013
The U.S.-based multinational General Electric, which points to a 100-year record of involvement in Africa, is one of the companies participating in the Power Africa initiative,… Read more »
Obama Can Only Light Up Africa With Its Own 'Leading Lights'
African Arguments, 30 June 2013
On the fourth day of President Obama's 6-day Africa tour, his aides say that he is scheduled to announce in Cape Town, South Africa, a new US plan to advance the electrification of… Read more »
President Obama at the Ubungo Symbion Power Plant
White House, 2 July 2013
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning, everybody. Please have a seat. It is wonderful to be here with President Kikwete. I want to thank everybody from Ubungo Power Plant for this visit.… Read more »
Electrification Bill Introduced in U.S. House
KRL International, 8 July 2013
Late last month as President Obama was launching the 'Power Africa' initiative to support Africa's energy sector, legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives… Read more »
Obama Promises U.S. $7 Billion Investment in Power Grids
An excerpt from President Obama's speech at the University of Cape Town: Read more »
Obama Announces Plan to Double Africa's Electricity Supply
White House, 30 June 2013
Today the President announced Power Africa, a new initiative to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa. Read more »
Building Infrastructure Makes 'Meaningful Impact' - Bechtel
allAfrica, 21 June 2013
When President Obama travels to Africa next week - visiting Senegal, Tanzania and South Africa - infrastructure and power will be a major focus of his trip. One company, U.S.-based… Read more »
Liberia to Benefit U.S.$300 Billion Electricity Access
New Dawn, 2 July 2013
The United States and its partners said they will work with an initial set of Power Africa partner countries, including Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania to… Read more »
Elumelu's Heirs Holdings Commits $2.5 billion To Obama's Power Africa Initiative
Heirs Holdings, 1 July 2013
African investment group is the single largest investorto US-led pan-African power initiative Read more »
Top Entreprenuer Invests U.S.$300 Million
EA Business, 1 July 2013
Tony O. Elumelu, the Chairman Heirs Holdings, who control the Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp), is looking to invest in new power projects. Read more »
Ground breaking at new GE manufacturing facility in Calabar.
Hydro power plant in Ghana (file photo).
Video coverage of U.S. President Barack Obama's 2013 visit to Africa. see more »
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