AFRICA’S TREMENDOUS POTENTIAL IN THE FACE OF THE ENERGY TRANSITION

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Portella Roland

by Roland Portella

2015-12-19
 
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The African states are trying to initiate sustained growth of their economies. But some are adopting “marketing” approaches or illusory so-called emergence policies, thereby confusing the stage of emergence with the outcome. In fact, we believe that emergence should not be an end in itself, but a stage in a process that will allow   genuine economic, social and industrial development to be  achieved.

The African leaders, so  keen  on  catch-phrases  and  paradigms,  do not always understand the subtleties and ulterior motives of the organisations that sell to them or impose their views upon them. The real and sustained development of Africa’s potential is achieved using three fundamental levers: the exploitation of human resources in real human capital; the transformation of natural resources into industrial products; the conversion of certain natural resources into energy, particularly electrical power. This third lever forms the basis of the other two for economic growth, peace and social unity in the African countries which have deficits in electrical infrastructures and over half of whose citizens still do not have access to  electricity.

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