Addis Ababa to host US-Africa energy summit

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Addis Ababa, 21 April 2014 (WIC) - The governments of Ethiopia and the United States will co-host the US-Africa Energy Ministerial (AEM) meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from June 3 to 4.    

According to the Ethiopian Ministry of Water and Energy, AEM will focus on the theme of Catalyzing Sustainable Energy Growth in Africa and provide a forum for major announcements and commitments that support energy development throughout Africa.   

The Ministerial meeting is to showcase African leadership in energy development, explore strategies and effective practices across Africa and the United States for accelerating development of clean energy sources and adoption of energy-efficient technologies, review best practices in oil and gas resource development, and highlight progress on President Obama's Power Africa Initiative.

The AEM is expected to draw minister-level attendance from sub-Saharan African and North African countries, as well as senior US government officials, multilateral development partners, regional and sub-regional African energy organizations, academia, civil society, and US and African private sector leaders.

The Ministerial meeting will provide opportunities for government-to-government, government-to-industry, and company-to-company informational exchanges, and networking on topics such as clean energy technologies, increased power generation, rural electrification, regional integration, oil and gas development, policies and regulatory issues, investment opportunities, and financing.   

The African Energy Ministerial meeting will include panel presentations, high-level plenary sessions, break-out discussions, and a ministers-only meeting. AEM will also feature a US-Africa Energy Expo Center in which US and African companies can highlight their technologies and business solutions.

Recently Addis Ababa hosted the Second High-Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership summit at the African Union with calls for concerted efforts to ensure access to energy in the continent. (The Reporter)