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Mozambique’s PR Defends Urgency to Tackle “Energy Poverty” in Africa

Mozambique’s PR Defends Urgency to Tackle “Energy Poverty” in Africa

The Mozambican President, Filipe Nyusi, today, at the Gas Exporting Countries Summit, defended the “urgency” of combating “energy poverty” in Africa, and concerted security actions.

“The current moment is challenging, as the world is going through uncertainties resulting from the interruption of energy supplies caused by the war in Europe and the Middle East, which is putting more pressure on countries,” said the head of state.

He added that in his speech at the summit in Algeria, where he has been on a working visit since Wednesday, he highlighted “two issues at the heart of the energy sector, particularly in Africa: energy transition and global security”.

“Our understanding is that the transition must take into account the urgency of combating energy poverty in Africa, because the continent needs to increase access to energy for its population, while at the same time concerted action is required from all of us in defence of common interests in favour of security and stability,” said Filipe Nyusi.

Today in Algiers, the seventh Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) also brought together the presidents of Iran and Bolivia and the Emir of Qatar, among other heads of state and government, who will present a joint international gas strategy.

Meeting since Thursday in the Algerian capital as part of its biannual meeting, the GECF (Gas Exporting Countries Forum) represents 70 per cent of the world’s proven gas reserves, more than 40 per cent of commercialised production, 47 per cent of pipeline exports and half of the world’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports.

Created in 2001, the GFEP is made up of 12 permanent members (Algeria, Russia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Trinidad and Tobago, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Nigeria, Iran, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar) and seven observers (Peru, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Malaysia, Mauritania, Angola and Mozambique).



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