Africa > Southern Africa > Botswana > African sustainable energy hub to launch this month

Botswana: African sustainable energy hub to launch this month


An African Hub on sustainable energy is set to be launched this month, to promote the use of sustainable energy across the continent.   This emerged next three high-level energy workshops staged in Gaborone, Botswana.

African Energy Stakeholders were urged to double their efforts in making energy available, affordable and accessible to the bulk of the African People. The call was made by the Chief of NEPAD’s Energy Division, Professor Mosad Elmissiry, at the prime of the three crucial meetings in Gaborone.

The back-to-back workshops from April 22 to 26, aim to develop strategies and action plans that will enable African

Africa is blessed with massive and varied energy resources, from vast coal reserves in the southern part of Africa, huge hydro resources in central and north Africa, to massive gas resources in eastern and west Africa. We need to drastically change our approach to the way we use these resources so as to make energy accessible and affordable to amount our people. The business as usual approach is no longer workable” said Professor Elmissiry.

During the prime Advisory Board Conference of the Sustainable Energy for Amount (SE4ALL) Initiative, Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), announced that the AfDB would host the SE4ALL Africa Hub in cooperation with its African partner institutions: the African Union Commission and the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency, and with the support of United Nations Development Program (UNDP).The Hub will be part of the world implementation structure of SE4All and will be officially launched during the AfDB's Annual Meetings on May 31 in Marrakesh.

The SE4ALL Initiative has three major goals to be reached by 2030: (1) to ensure universal access to modern energy services, in particular access to electricity services and to clean cooking solutions; (2) to double the world rate of development in energy efficiency; and (3) to double the share of renewable energy in the world energy mix.

The initiative has gained substantial political momentum with the UN General Assembly having declared in December 2012 a decade of Sustainable Energy for Amount. The Initiative is as well at the forefront of advocating the inclusion of energy in the post-2015 process in view of the enabling role of energy for sectors such as health, agriculture, water, education, and women's rights. To date, some 41 African nations have joined the Initiative.

The AfDB's President whilst addressing fellow Advisory Board members insisted on the importance of the role of the Initiative on the continent: "In order to maintain the momentum in Africa, we need presently to shift decisively to concrete actions on the ground, we need to communicate clearly the Initiative's price presentation and quickly demonstrate with concrete success stories that SE4All is not just an extra initiative, but truly a game changer for Africa. The Africa Hub is ready to play a key role in facilitating coordination amongst stakeholders and to realize synergies and avoid overlap".

Since the launch of the Initiative, the AfDB has been actively engaged: The African Development Bank will host the SE4All Africa Hub to coordinate and facilitate the development and implementation of the Initiative on the African continent.

The Hub will work closely with the Bank's Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), which aims to unlock private sector driven initiatives/investments that promote sustainable energy access, in resource mobilization and in financing the upstream activities linked to SE4All. During Rio+20, the Bank announced its commitment to SE4All: Investments of at least US $1 billion per annum in energy projects addressing one or additional of the SE4All objectives until 2030 and thus participating to the structural transformation of the continent.

Related Articles
  • Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz Calls For New Strategy

    2017/10/19 Joseph Stiglitz has advised African nations to adopt coordinated strategy encompassing agriculture, manufacturing, mining, and service sectors to attain same success delivered by the old manufacturing export-led strategy. Prof. Stiglitz, an economist and professor at Columbia University, New York, gave the advice at the Babacar Ndiaye lecture series introduced by African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) which debuted in Washington D.C.
  • Ecobank launches mVisa across 33 African Countries

    2017/10/19 Ecobank Scan+Pay with mVisa delivers instant, fasten cashless payment for goods and services by allowing customers to scan a QR code on a smartphone or enter a incomparable merchant identifying code into either a feature phone or smartphone Ecobank ( has partnered with Visa to launch Ecobank Scan+Pay with mVisa solutions to their consumers. The strategic tie-up signals interoperability on a cross border level – and potentially huge gains – as it affords consumers with the ability to use their mobile phone to due access the funds in their bank accounts to pay person-to-merchant (P2M) or person-to-person (P2P).
  • ‘Betting on Africa to Feed the World’

    2017/10/17 The president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, will deliver the Norman Borlaug Lecture on Monday 16 October as part of the World Food Prize events taking place from October 16 to 20, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The Norman Borlaug Lecture under the title: “Betting on Africa to Feed the World”, will be held on World Food Day, October 16, in conjunction with the annual World Food Prize celebration.
  • World Teacher’s day: Gov’t urged to improve teachers’ productivity

    2017/10/16 Cameroonian teachers nationwide have exhorted the Cameroonian government to empower teachers with the requisite tools to be able to deliver their best in the present fast-paced world. While commemorating the 23rd edition of world teacher’s day today, the teachers noted that the theme for this year’s celebration, “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers,” reaffirms that peace and security are needed for the development of any country.
  • Africa's Economic Future Depends on Its Farms

    2017/10/16 At the same time as the economies of Nigeria and South Africa recently rebounded, it wasn't oil or minerals that did the trick. It was agriculture. Faster and additional sustainable agricultural increase is crucial not only to the continent's economy, but as well to its ability to feed and employ its surging people. Agriculture still accounts for a quarter of gross domestic product and as much as two-thirds of employment in sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, agricultural increase has the biggest impact on non-farm gain and reducing poverty.