Throughout sub-Saharan Africa, two-thirds of its population — or some 600 million people — are still living their daily life without access to electricity and other modern energy services. In rural communities, that number climbs to a startling 85 percent.
During his trip to Africa in June 2013, President Barack Obama launched “Power Africa”, a new U.S initiative to address gaps in Africa’s energy sector. The Africa-America Institute will hold a timely and informative panel discussion on January 30 from 6:30-8:30pm in New York City to explore the challenges and economic potential of President Barack Obama’s “Power Africa” Initiative.
Kamran Khan, Vice President of the Department of Compact Operations, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) will moderate the panel discussion. Panelists include Agnes Dasewicz, USAID’s Director, Private Capital Group for Africa; Michele M. Rivard, Chief of Staff, The U.S. African Development Foundation; Tony von der Muhll, Global Strategic Relations, Shift Into Green Energy ECUA; Paul Mwafongo, Minister Plenipotentiary, Economic Affairs, at the Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania to the USA in Washington, D.C.; and George Monyemangene, Consul General of South Africa.
Free and open to the public. RSVP is required. For more information, visit Speaker Series Panel Discussion on Power Africa Initiative page.