Every year, 10 additional million Africans do not have access to energy.
Energy is a prerequisite to any development. Yes, Africa witnesses a fast 5% growth per year, but it's not the case throughout the entire continent. Development through electrification certainly isn't a new idea, though it never went through. But the urgency is here: 650 million people today do not have access to electricity on the continent, and this number is susceptible to significantly grow considering the African population will double by 2050.
THE URGENCY TO ACT
We are obviously facing a social urgency. For kids to be able to do their homework at night, for women to stop giving birth in the dark, for medicines to be preserved in fridges, for the African youth to consider a proper future on their own continent, we need to generalize the access to electricity. We are also facing an economic emergency. The development of electrification will offer new perspectives to African companies, therefore benefiting European and worldwide economies. Let's keep in mind that if the growth of African countries raises from 5% to 15% per year, it will raise ours of 2%. Africa represents an incredible perspective of growth, especially for Europe.
THE LAUNCH OF ENERGIES FOR AFRICA
It is in this perspective that we are advocating for the creation of a Fund of Support to the Electrification in Africa (FSEA), with the ambition to gather all initiatives and international investments in favor of developing access to electricity, and to promote those projects matching technical, institutional, legal, or financial African needs.
The current situation is not a fatality. A real opportunity does exist to bright light to a continent that will host 40% of the world's population at the end of the century. And the Fund of Support to the Electrification in Africa will be the key to such development. We created the endowment fund Energies for Africa to accompany all common interest actions promoting the access to energy for Africans, and especially to electricity, starting with the creation of this Fund.
Our goal: 600 million connected Africans
Our main goal: 600 million Africans connected to electricity by the year 2025. Electricity is a prerequisite to agriculture, health, access to water, to economic, cultural, social and democratic development. Obscurity calls for obscurantism, when light calls for Enlightenment. Today, Africa and the world take action for the whole continent to have access to electricity.
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