BRUSSELS, 23 November 2011 – This year the Africa Industrialization Day 2011 was marked under the motto “Tackling Energy Poverty In Africa to Increase Productivity and Economic Development". The event was organized by UNIDO Brussels in collaboration with the African Union and the ACP secretariat.
This year’s celebration had the honor to welcome Mr. Maxwell Mkwezalamba, AU Commissioner for Economic Affairs who addressed the distinguished forum with a personal message and a joint AU UNIDO UNECA statement. The discussions were facilitated by the Presidency of the Ambassador of Senegal, H.E. Mr. Paul Badji and organized in partnership with Mr. Niang, the Representative of the African Union in Brussels.
Christophe Yvetot, UNIDO Representative to the EU, introduced the programme of the celebrations and delivered the statement of UN Secretary General while Mr. Achille Bassilekin, Assistant-Secretary General of ACP Secretariat outlined the growing importance of energy issues and ACP related activities. Moreover video messages were delivered by UNIDO’s Director General and by African ministers and personalities further elaborating on this topic.
In addition, Mithat Kulur, Deputy Director of the Business, Investment and Technology Branch presented the preliminary finding of the Africa Investment Survey 2011, funded at the request of the ACP Group of States and the related newly created online platform that aims to support quality private sector investments in Africa.
The celebration took place at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels and gathered some 40 personalities of the African and international community. The issue of energy poverty was discussed in the light of the forthcoming United Nations Year of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), where UNIDO Director General will play a major role as a co-chair of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel Group of Sustainable Energy for all.