Africa – 12 February 2016

AU Peace and Security Council Calls for Urgent Solution to Western Sahara Conflict

African Union Peace and Security Council called, in its recent report on peace and security in Africa, to find an urgent and just solution to the Western Sahara conflict, in accordance with the principles of the United Nations Charter and the international legitimacy.

In its report, the AU Peace and Security Council called on the international community to “assume its full responsibility in the four-decade conflict,” and reiterated its call on the need to set a date for a referendum on the self-determination of Sahrawi people.


At African Union Peace and Security Council, Ban discusses Burundi, South Sudan and counter-terrorism

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today, in an address to the African Union Peace and Security Council, spotlighted three topics high on the regional body’s agenda – counter-terrorism, and the ongoing crises in both South Sudan and Burundi – all of which require urgent attention at the continental-level and from the wider international community.

“Burundi has descended into a deep political crisis in the past nine months. The country now stands perilously close to the brink,” said Mr. Ban, addressing the Council at the start of his three-day visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to attend the African Union (AU) Summit.

UN News

Ambitious plans to electrify Africa launched in Davos

Ambitious plans to power Africa were inaugurated at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland by the African Development Bank Group on 21 January. The New Deal on Energy for Africa will unite the private sector and local governments on energy capacity building projects to achieve universal energy access in Africa by 2025.

“It is time to take decisive action (…) to light up and power Africa and accelerate the pace of economic transformation, unlock the potential of businesses, and drive much needed industrialisation to create jobs,” said the President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina at the launch.

International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development

AfDB dangles $12bn to develop Africa’s energy sector

Countries in Sub-Sahara Africa need to bolster energy efficiency through investments that should be scaled up to over three percent of their Gross Domestic Product from the paltry 0.4 percent and further slash subsidies on some of their petroleum products to meet demand for the over 650 million population, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has proposed.Under a new plan billed to scale up power in the 54 African states by 2030, the continent needs to boost investment in energy from 0.4 percent of GDP to 3.4 percent and consider scaling down subsidies for among other petroleum products, diesel and kerosene.

This is according to the bank’s plan of action to bolster Africa’s energy potential in which it has dangled about US$12 billion to promote energy efficiency in several countries on the continent in the next five years.

The Southern African Times