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70 SECTOR-BY-SECTOR OPPORTUNITIES


Dr Elham M A Ibrahim


Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy


One of the African Union Commission’s numerous initiatives is the DESERTEC Industrial Initiative (DII), the world’s most ambitious solar


project, which aims to turn the sunlight of the Sahara desert into carbon-free electricity that will supply 15 percent of Europe’s power by 2050. The Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) aims to increase European and


African energy infrastructure investments within Africa, and between Africa and the European Union. Its objectives are to improve energy access and energy security and to promote use of renewable energy, as well as encouraging energy effi ciency. By 2020, its Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme aims to:


    


  


 


African transportation is among the costliest in the world and hampers the competitiveness of African products, both locally and internationally. For landlocked countries, the cost of transportation can reach 75 percent of the total export value. The AU is working with the African Development Bank (ADB), the United


Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA) and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to implement projects to complete missing links in the Dakar-N’djamena-Djibouti and Djibouti-Libreville transport corridors. 


start-up activities enables the AU to launch all four projects to complete missing links on major regional transport corridors: the Beira-Lobito and Dakar-Lagos Trans-African Highways, the Cotonou-Niamey-Ouagadougou-  


framework for developing and regulating the sector. Also, the AU addresses piracy and armed robbery at sea, particularly in the Gulf of Aden, as part of the   The AU’s air-transport strategy is linked to the implementation of the


Yamoussoukro Decision on the liberalization of air-transport markets in Africa, as well as the external air-transport policies of individual states. The ICT sector’s development, including the postal sector and


e-commerce, is guided by the 2009-12 Strategic Plan. The improvement of ICT governance structure and the project of Institutional Architecture for Infrastructure Development in Africa (IAIDA) are in line with these concerns.


The commissioner’s remit also extends to infrastructure and transportation INVEST IN AFRICA 2011


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