Sunday, March 27, 2016

Southern Africa: SADC Economic, Energy Experts Discuss Energy Crisis in Lilongwe By Solister Mogha

Lilongwe — Economic and Energy experts from the South Africa Sub-region have convened in Lilongwe to discuss and find solutions to the long standing energy challenges facing the African continent. Speaking Monday during the opening of a two-day workshop, Director of United Nations Economic Commission for Southern Africa Sub Region, Prof. Said Adejumobi said the energy threat and crisis facing the Africa continent has had diverse effect on the economic performance and sustainable development efforts of member states. Prof. Adejumobi said the energy problems have among others contributed to productivity loss, unemployment, environmental degradation, labour unrest and de-industrialisation. "The Southern Africa region has not been spared from the negative effects and impacts of the crisis on the economic prospects of its member states as well as on the welfare and living conditions of its population. The energy sector in general and energy consumption in particular have reached a crisis point," he explained. The director then described the meeting in Lilongwe too important as it will help in facilitating exchange and sharing of experiences and generation of information and substantive content for informed policy formulation and policy making. Prof. Adejumobi further said the meeting will also build partnership and network for the purpose of mobilising resources and support for the future development of the region's energy sector while also promote awareness and sensitisation on the energy crisis and its impacts on the economies of member states. "As a continent we have the potential to generate enough energy and export to other continents. This meeting, apart from fossil fuel and hydro energy focuses on finding the alternative sources of energy such and solar power. "We really need to act and think fast in order to achieve this," Prof. Adejumobi said. The energy outlook special report of 2014 by the International Energy Agency (IEA) reiterates that the primary purpose of the energy system is to contribute to a better quality of life. Malawi News Agency Photo