He said Africa under the auspices of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), should team up with the international community to develop the Inga project, which is estimated to cost $80 billion. He noted that it was seen as the world’s largest proposed hydroelectric scheme.
Projected to produce 40,000 megawatts of electricity, the Inga project, former President Kufuor intimated, would be the catalyst for an ‘unprecedented era of industrialization in Africa and even have electricity for potential export to Europe.’
Kufuor made these observations at the opening of an international meeting on ‘Energy, Environment and Investment,’ in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.
The three-day meeting under the theme, ‘Sustainable Energy, the Key to Africa’s World Integration,’ was being attended by about 1,500 participants from around the world. It was chaired by the Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Governor of Rivers State.
Among dignitaries slated to address the meeting were His Excellency Lech Walesa, former President of Poland; Jose Luis Zapatero, former President of Spain; Francois Fillon, former Prime Minister of France and Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, UN Special Envoy for Sudan.
Former President Kufuor described the Inga project as the ‘centerpiece of a grand vision to develop a continent-wide power system that will allow Africa’s industrial and manufacturing sector to take off,’ adding, ‘This will be the greatest manifestation of Africa’s integration into the new and evolving world order of globalization.’
He said renewable energy offers strong environmental benefits, adding that ‘Africa has tremendous water and river systems, each of which should be considered a candidate for hydroelectric power development.’
Former President Kufuor urged African countries to adopt Climate Smart Agriculture polices to enable them to achieve their food security goals while adapting to the ravages of climate change.
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