Sahel: The countries of the AES and its neighbours join forces in their quest for energy autonomy

Amidst the growing imperative to ensure access to reliable and sustainable energy, energy ministers from countries including Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Chad, and Togo have taken a crucial step towards achieving energy autonomy in the region.

Gathering in Niamey, these representatives have solidified their commitment to working together to enhance the energy capacities of their respective countries, marking an unprecedented collaborative initiative.

This initiative, stemming from close collaboration between AES member countries and neighboring nations such as Chad and Togo, aims to strengthen the foundations of existing energy cooperation.

Central to the discussions was the “Desert to Power” project, supported by the African Development Bank (AfDB), envisioning the establishment of solar facilities with a production capacity of 10 gigawatts.

This ambitious project has the potential to provide electricity to approximately 250 million people in the Sahel region.

The meeting, presided over by General Abdourahamane Tiani, President of Niger, was hailed as an exceptional event by Niger’s Prime Minister, Lamine Zeine.

He emphasized its significance in the desired regional integration process for the people of the Sahel.

Energy cooperation among these countries holds critical importance in the context of Africa’s economic development.

Access to reliable and affordable energy is often considered a fundamental element to foster economic growth and improve the living conditions of citizens.

Through their collaboration in the energy sector, Sahel countries are embarking on a path toward sustainable transformation, aiming to secure a more promising future for generations to come.


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