On Day 2, Côte d’Ivoire’s Minister of Planning and Development, Nialé Kaba was the guest of honour at the opening ceremony. In her address on behalf of the country’s Prime Minister, Daniel Kablan Duncan, she stressed the importance of evaluating the progress of the Bank’s “High 5” priorities: Light up and power Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialize Africa, Integrate Africa, and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa. “These are all fundamental to transforming the continent,” she said.
As satellite images continue to show, Africa is the “dark” continent that continues to fail to achieve the electrification target. During the high-level discussion, panellists gave their point of view on how well the continent is moving forward, and debated the priorities to make the transformation happen. The moderator of the session, Erik Nyindu, Vox Africa News Director, stressed the need to showcase what works and what has been done well, giving the example of Cape Verde. “How do we federate the will of a nation to move forward collectively?” he asked.
This panel discussion of the afternoon focused on the first of the High 5s, specifically, the topic “Light up and Power Africa.” The panelists, all of whom are experts with several years of hands-on experience in Africa, discussed and debated on the theme to shed light on the capacity imperatives, governance issues, financial, operational, technological, regulatory support, and leadership required to deliver on the AfDB’s High-5 of lighting up and powering Africa using more innovative solutions.
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