Thursday, June 12, 2014

Equatorial Guinea Participates in U.S.-Africa Energy Ministerial

Equatorial Guinea participated in the U.S.-Africa Energy Ministerial (AEM) hosted by the governments of Ethiopia and the United States to provide a forum for major announcements and commitments that support energy development throughout Africa.

Under the theme “Catalyzing Sustainable Energy Growth in Africa,” AEM brought together energy leaders from Africa and the United States to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on June 3-4, 2014. AEM analyzed the effective ways for Africa to continue its development by looking for energy solutions that are sustainable for the environment.

AEM highlighted African leadership in energy development and explored strategies across Africa and the United States aimed at accelerating development of clean energy sources and adopt energy efficient technologies, review best practices in oil and gas resource development, and highlight progress on the President Obama’s Power Africa Initiative. Attendees also reviewed the progress of the Africa Energy Initiative, created by U.S. President Barack Obama.

AEM has allowed the opportunity for informal exchanges between the representatives of industries, businesses and governments, and the study of very specific sector issues, such as clean energy generation, rural electrification, development policies and oil and gas investment opportunities, among many others.

Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Mines, Industry and Energy, Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima joined United States Secretary of State for Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy of Ethiopia, Alemayehu Tegenu, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy of the African Union, Elham Mahmood Ahmed Ibrahim, Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, over 350 businessmen, professionals, and representatives of Governments and energy-related entities, including over 30 African ministers.