Africa’s Priority: Unrestricted Energy Development

PA Pundits - International

By Vijay Raj Jayaraj~

Africa has been recording fast economic growth in the last two decades, with an average annual GDP growth of 4.6% (2000-2016).

However, that has not been sufficient to meet the developmental goals and poverty is again on the rise. In recent years, poverty rose slightly in Africa for the first time in more than a decade, especially in countries like South Africa, Niger and Uganda.

To make things more challenging, COVID-19 has had a negative effect on the GDP. The GDP of South Africa—the most economically developed nation in Africa—fell by 16.4 percent in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the previous quarter.

Like any other developing country, the countries in Africa depend on a strong energy sector to propel their economy. But economic recovery in the midst of an existing situation of energy poverty is not easy. The overall electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa…

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