More than 150 attendees gathered for AAI’s Speaker Series panel discussion on “Power Africa”: Challenges and Solutions for Africa’s Energy Needs” on Jan. 30 in New York City. The panel explored the potential of President Obama’s Power Africa initiative in promoting development and economic growth in Africa. Panelists also offered perspectives on strengthening Africa’s human capacity and technical infrastructure to boost its energy access.
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.
Kamran Khan, Vice President of the Department of Compact Operations, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) moderated the panel discussion. Panelists included 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.
Watch the videotaped streaming video of the panel discussion.