Congress Should Work To Pass Electrify Africa Act
Roll Call: Electrify Africa, Energize Africa, and Power Africa: Partnering With Africa for the Long Run
Tony Elumelu, chair of Heirs Holdings Limited and founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation
“…The shortage of energy in Africa obstructs progress in health care, education, food security, and all forms of industrial and commercial activity, impeding Africa’s economic development. … The Electrify Africa Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives on May 8 with broad bipartisan support and the Energize Africa Act was reported out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on June 24. … It is the hope of many of us in the African private sector, and those of us who have made commitments to support the ambitions of Power Africa, that Congress reconciles the bills before the August recess and passes legislation that gives U.S. agencies the flexibility to partner with African countries to develop their own energy resource priorities…” (7/3).