The AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, H.E. Dr Amani Abou-Zeid said that increasing energy access, improving energy security and developing an energy market are essential for the continent to grow and compete in the global market. While the engagement of external support is appreciated, the hard work is to be done by the Member States and African institutions. Moreover, the Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Mines of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, H.E. Mr Mohamed Abdel Vetah underlined the importance of cooperation in the energy sector among AU countries.
Stable, predictable and transparent frameworks are a pre-condition to mobilise private investment. By signing the International Energy Charter, up to 20 AU Member States and RECs have to date expressed political commitment to welcome foreign investment to achieve universal energy access and climate change targets. Indeed there is an increased interest of Africa in the Energy Charter Process. When dealing with some African countries, the Energy Charter Secretariat benefited from the support of the EU Technical Assistance Facility for the SE4All Initiative.