How can Africa's electricity sector become more efficient and affordable?

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

by Business Council for Africa

By Moin Siddiqi, economist

Today, about three-fifths of sub-Saharan Africa's population of 1bn live without power, often resorting to using kerosene or spending hours in darkness, which imposes ‘colossal’ socio-economic losses upon an energy-rich region. Whilst those connected to grid electricity supply, crippling power outages are widespread, as cash-strapped utilities (mostly state-owned) are unable to provide reliable services due to under-investment in infrastructure during the past decades.

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