The continent’s growing demand for energy and how to achieve it will be a subject of further debate at a regional conference in Johannesburg.
The forecast released by the UN Population Division states that Africa’s population has increased by 30 million people for the past year, and the annual rise is expected to overstep 42 million by 2050.
That is to say the total population will have doubled to 2.4 billion, in other words, 3.5 million additional people per month or 80 more people per minute.
“The vast increase in the number of people in Africa along with increased standards of living puts significant pressure on the demand for affordable energy,” organisers of the Africa Energy Indaba said on Wednesday.
Its next event will take place on February 19 – 20 in the South African capital.
They have also highlighted that energy remained an essential input to stimulate and ensure uninhibited economic development, driving economic productivity and industrial growth. Moreover, energy remained fundamental to the functioning of any modern-day economy.
“African energy ministers and large energy company CEOs will be discussing and unpacking what the future game changers for the Africa energy sector will be and how to meet the escalating demand for energy,” they commented on next month’s gathering.