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Economic Commission for Africa Calls for Policies on Renewable Energy
May 10, 2017
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has called on African leaders to develop strong policies to promote faster and more inclusive growth through hydropower and other sources of renewable energy.
A statement on the commission’s website on Tuesday said that Mr Abdalla Hamdok, the Acting Executive Secretary of ECA, made the call at the opening of the 6th World Hydropower Congress in Addis Ababa.
Hamdok said that more than 600 million people in Africa have no access to electricity, and households continued to rely on traditional biomass for cooking.
He said that it was pertinent for Africa to tap into its vast renewable energy sources.
“With clear vision coupled with strong and coherent policy action to promote faster and more inclusive growth, the continent has the potential to take the lead in innovation, technologies and business models that utilise hydropower optimally and efficiently.’’