March 20, 2014
The leadership is being deployed to consider the ramifications on energy on our nations. The collaborative effort to devise meaning, strategy and place emphasis on energy is the focus for the U.S. and Africa. The gathering of “African Ambassadors Meet with Secretary Moniz at the U.S. Department of Energy” can be the start of change strategy for national collaboration in energy.
U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz and H.E. Girma Birru, Ambassador of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia co-hosted a landmark Africa Energy Ministerial Ambassadors Roundtable in preparation for the upcoming U.S.-Africa Energy Ministerial (AEM) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on June 3-4, 2014 with Ambassadors from 38 African countries.
“The AEM will focus on the theme of “Catalyzing Sustainable Energy Growth in Africa” and provide a forum for major announcements and commitments that support energy development throughout Africa. The Ministerial will showcase African leadership in energy development, explore strategies and effective practices across Africa and the United States for accelerating development of clean energy sources and adoption of energy efficient technologies, review best practices in oil and gas resource development, and highlight progress on President Obama’s Power Africa Initiative,” reports All Africa.
The Roundtable provided an opportunity for the African Ambassadors to make recommendations regarding the Ministerial, as well as to more broadly address the topic of energy production and conservation in Africa. Secretary Moniz remarked that the AEM will serve as a fundamental site for cross-cultural learning.
The impact of energy as a world news strategy is one step to sustainable change. The leading factor to societal change and sustainable outcomes is a term I coin, “energy relevance”. The pertinence to energy strategies is a nexuses to technology and economy. Energy is the critical path to a developmental nation. Robust energy combined with renewable solutions can prevent long term blackouts effecting millions as in South Africa where 600 million were without power. The impact is to produce outcomes for accessible and affordable energy that delivers infrastructural change.