Energy infrastructure development will unlock the region’s vast potential

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The power outages being experienced in the Eastern Africa-Southern Africa-Indian Ocean have continued to affect productivity leading to Africa loosing 12.5% of production time compared to 7% for South Asia. The major reason for this has been attributed lack of adequate regional infrastructure in energy.
Recent studies have shown that many African countries some of which are in the Eastern and southern Africa and the Indian Ocean (ESA-IO) countries suffer power shortages and regular interruptions to services.
Assistant Secretary General in charge of Programmes in COMESA, Ambassador Kipyego Cheluget says bridging the energy gap is one of the main priorities of the region infrastructure development as it will reduce the cost of doing business and enhance the competitiveness.