Leila Benali: “Morocco is aiming to consolidate regional integration in Africa in order to ensure that everyone has access to renewable energy,”
Leila Benali, the Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, emphasized the need of regional integration in terms of sustainable energy in Africa on Thursday, with a focus on South-South cooperation as well as South-North cooperation, in collaboration with European partners.
The manager, addressing on the sidelines of a meeting on the prospects and difficulties of Africa’s energy transition, convened at the Morocco Pavilion at COP 26, urged taking advantage of available financing to ensure the transition’s success.
Morocco convened a meeting on the prospects and difficulties of energy transition in Africa on the sidelines of the World Climate Summit (COP 26), with the involvement of various figures from the fields of energy, finance, and development.
The event provided an opportunity to address the benefits and challenges of a successful energy transition in Africa, as well as solutions to speed up access to sustainable energy.
The Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Lela Benali, emphasized the importance of South-South cooperation in this field, saying, “Morocco is trying to consolidate regional integration in Africa in order to ensure everyone has access to sustainable energy.”
Africa must use research, innovation, industrial integration, and assistance for the growth of the regional energy market to turn today’s issues into investment possibilities.”
In this regard, the management emphasized the need of taking advantage of available funding and collaboration opportunities in order to make this shift a success. This entails, among other things, establishing electricity, gas, and other links amongst the continent’s countries.
Janet Rogan, the regional ambassador for the Middle East and Africa at COP 26, said, “Africa confronts enormous challenges, with approximately 600 million people without access to energy across the continent.” Because of its size, the continent also has a transmission network that isn’t always up to date.”
As a result, she maintained, people in Africa must have access to energy and overcome structural challenges in order to flourish and grow socioeconomically.
This is the hope that COP 26 provides today, she noted, because the Summit has opened the door to several other new investments and improved financial availability.
Morocco has always strived to accelerate the implementation of the renewable energy agenda, in addition to hosting two COPs in the past, according to Ms. Rogan, adding that it is a sector that now has attractive opportunities thanks to new technologies, the cost of which has been greatly reduced, making them viable options for developing countries.
The Ambassador also mentioned that the Kingdom is cooperating and sharing its expertise with other African countries, “which means we have chances and solutions inside the continent.”
The speakers at this discussion were unanimous in highlighting the importance of the Kingdom’s role in fostering a low-carbon energy transition in Africa, both through its public and commercial sectors. The task is to take advantage of the continent’s resource potential and develop solutions that deliver modern types of energy to ensure that all Africans have access to reliable energy.