Jun 10, 2011

The African Presidential Round Table 2011- Energy Issues in Africa

Mr K, Boodhoo attended he African Presidential Round Table 2011 which was launched on June 1, at the Maritim Hotel, Balaclava. This event is an initiative of the African Presidential Archives and Research Center of Boston University and its director, former U.S. Ambassador Charles R. Stith. About ten former heads of state, including Presidents Thabo Mbeki from South Africa, Joaquim Chissano from Mozambique, Cassam Uteem and Karl Offman from Mauritius are taking part in what has been described as “a multi-continental conversation involving former African heads of state, diplomats, industry leaders, international dignitaries, and students and faculty from the United States, Europe, and Africa.” This year’s theme is “21st Century Energy Agenda for Africa.”

Speaking at the launch of the Round Table today, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Troy Fitrell said that the leaders chosen for this event had shown commitment to democratic practice. In his remarks, Mr. Fitrell also addressed the topic of energy, pointing out the energy challenges which the African continent faces and also to the ways in which it could work towards finding solutions. For instance, he observed that there is enough energy from wind and sun in the Saharan desert to meet the current electricity requirements of the entire planet, but the appropriate technology to harness and transmit this energy is still lacking. The Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam and former President Karl Offman also gave remarks at the opening ceremony.

 The deliberations of the 2 day sessions are summarised in this document

Source: US Embassy and Africa Forum

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