Rwandan President calls for energy imbalances to be addressed
GOVERNMENTBy BiztechAfrica - Oct. 24, 2012, 8:49 a.m.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame says imbalances of energy between developed and developing countries need to be addressed.
The President was addressing the third World Energy Forum hosted in Dubai.
Held in line with the 2012 United Nations theme of “clean, safe and sustainable energy for all, the meeting began with the signing of the World Heads of the World Energy Day Proclamation establishing October 22 as a day to raise awareness about energy issues and stimulate political will to support sustainable energy.
With over 1.3 billion people yet to have access to electricity, this year's theme is a call on world leaders to ensure equitable access to energy. In Africa, only a quarter of the population has access to electricity.
President Kagame called for the kind of global commitment that has made the Millenium Development Goals a success: “It has become clear that when the world acknowledges that there is a problem and acts to resolve it, the outcome is impressive. We need to address imbalances of energy between developed and developing countries and raise level of consumption and utilization. The world community should treat access to energy as a basic right essential in the development process.”
MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS
DRC capital awaits high speed internetOne year after the inauguration of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s fibre optic landing station, many Kinshasa residents are yet to taste the high speed internet promised by the government. Read More
Smart city numbers set to soarThe number of smart cities worldwide will quadruple within a 12-year period that started last year, according to a new report from IHS Technology. Read More
NCS: deploy CCTV to tackle insecurityThe President of the Nigerian Computer Society, Prof. David Adewumi, has urged the Federal Government to invest massively on the installation of Close Circuit Television, CCTV, in strategic places across the nation to address security challenges. Read More
Kenyan capital adopts e-payment systemThe Nairobi City County Government has moved to ease payment for services and streamline revenue collection by switching to e-payments. Read More
Congo-Brazzaville to launch digital governance agencyThe Republic of Congo will soon launch a digital governance agency, to monitor and control the implementation of the country’s ICT projects. Read More
Malawi launches Internet Governance ForumThe Malawi Government and Nepad have launched the Malawi Internet Governance Forum in an effort to bring a semblance of order to the internet services in the country. Read More
Environmentalists welcome improved technologyParticipants in a recent Monitoring For Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) conference in Botswana were upbeat about the new technologies that MESA is harnessing. Read More
Kaberuka addresses Africa’s infrastructure gap at OECDAfrican Development Bank President Donald Kaberuka made a strong case for the importance of tackling private investment impediments in the African infrastructure agenda during the joint AfDB, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and International Growth Center (IGC) event in Paris. Read More
Kenya inaugurates USACKenya’s new Universal Service Advisory Council (USAC) has been inaugurated by the Cabinet Secretary, Information, Communications and Technology. Read More
FEATURED STORYWidening ICT skills gap: Cause for concern
Nigeria's FDI gains could be eroded by the widening gap in indigenous skilled ICT manpower, writes Kokumo Goodie.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHKenya rolls out e-extension to improve agriculture
In a bid to curb the overwhelmed number of agricultural extension officers in Kenya, the ministry of agriculture is embracing technology with their introduction of E-Extension services, which are aimed at reaching out to over 7 million farmers annually.