Sub-Saharan Africa energy 'a priority for Turkey'

The Turkish energy watchdog has said that energy for Africa is important for country's G20 presidency

Sub-Saharan Africa energy 'a priority for Turkey'

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Improving poor energy access in Sub-Saharan Africa is a priority for Turkey's G20 presidency, the country’s energy watchdog has said.

Foreign Relations Head of Turkey's energy regulation authority, EMRA, Fakir Erdogan, was speaking at the World Forum on Energy Regulation, WFER, in Istanbul on Wednesday.

Some 1.1 billion people in the world have no access to electricity; a significant part of these people live in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, according to a World Bank report in May.

Turkey aims to contribute to the improvement of legal and regulatory frameworks to sustain a private investment environment with G20 countries and African nations' authorities, Erdogan told the Anadolu Agency-sponsored event.

A Sub-Saharan Africa conference is planned for the Turkish G20 presidency, while EMRA will prepare a report on the energy regulations outlook on the region.

This will be presented during a G20 energy ministers’ meeting.

Edmund Hosker, EU director at the U.K. government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change, said more than 620 million people in Africa did not have access to energy.

"Under Turkey's leadership, an energy group of G20 countries is moving forward, mainly on Sub-Saharan Africa," he added. 

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