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IEF Secretary General Commends IEA for Africa Energy Outlook Report

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – The Secretary General of the International Energy Forum (IEF) Joseph McMonigle today commended the International Energy Agency (IEA) for the publication of its Africa Energy report highlighting the urgent need for global attention on improving energy access in Africa.

The Africa Energy Outlook 2022 underscored the opportunities presented by the green transition for the continent, particularly the rise of renewable power and the essential role of natural gas and critical minerals to facilitate development, economic growth and cleaner energy access.

"On behalf of the IEF's 25 African member countries, we congratulate Executive Director Dr Fatih Birol and IEA colleagues for publishing today's important Africa Energy Outlook and emphasizing the growing problem of equitable energy access on the African continent," Secretary General McMonigle said.

"As the report points out, the pandemic has widened the gap between those with energy and those without and dramatically increased the challenge of affordability. The world must focus on energy poverty with same collective vigor as it devotes to addressing climate change and the fight against the pandemic. The IEF will build on this effort when we host our first IEF Africa Ministerial next year," Mr McMonigle said.

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