The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), October 2001

Sectors : Energy
Organisation : AU
Date made: 
Heads Of State
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“109. Objectives...
...Given the uneven distribution of these resources on the African continent, it is recommended that the search for abundant and cheap energy should focus on rationalising the territorial distribution of existing but unevenly allocated energy resources. Furthermore, Africa should strive to develop its abundant solar energy resources;

- To increase Africans. access to reliable and affordable commercial energy supply from 10 to 35 per cent or more within 20 years;

- To improve the reliability and lower the cost of energy supply to productive activities in order to enable economic growth of 6 per cent per annum;

- To reverse environmental degradation that is associated with the use of traditional fuels in rural areas;

- To exploit and develop the hydropower potential of the river basins of Africa;

- To integrate transmission grids and gas pipelines so as to facilitate cross-border energy flows;

- To reform and harmonise petroleum regulations and legislation on the continent

110. Actions
- Establish an African Forum for Utility Regulation and establish regional regulatory associations;

- Establish a task force to recommend priorities and implementation strategies for regional projects, including hydropower generation, transmission grids and gas pipelines;

- Establish a task team to accelerate the development of energy supply to low-income housing;

- Broaden the scope of the programme for biomass energy conservation from theSouthern African Development Community (SADC) to the rest of the continent.”