The event focused on the opportunities arising for Africa from its efforts to increase power generation and access to electricity for its populations.
The panel included Onkokame Kitso Mokaila, Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Botswana; Wellem Isaacks, Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy, Namibia; Dah Sidi Bouna, Director of Electricity and Energy Management at the Ministry of Petroleum, Energy and Mining, Mauritania; Sumayya Athmani, Managing Director of the National Oil Corporation of Kenya; and John Campion, CEO of APR Energy.
During the discussion the panel emphasised the growing interplay between the natural resources sector in Africa and increasing power generation, the importance of transparency and the need for new partnerships to facilitate investment at both the national and local level. The panel also discussed the importance of governments taking the lead in setting a clear strategy for transforming their power sectors which development partners and private sector companies and investors can then get behind.
There is real potential in both the power and natural resources sector in Africa and they clearly need to be developed in parallel. Massive investment is needed, and that investment needs to follow clear leadership and ownership from the government.
Managing Director, Effective Governance
The work described here was carried out by the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative, it is now being continued by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.