A seminar reuniting seventeen members of the Union of Producers, Transporters and Distributers of Electrical Energy of Africa (UPDEA), opened on Monday (5 May) in the Ivory Coast capital, Abidjan.
GV PAN Agricultural Stabilisation Fund building in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and seminar banner (2 shots)
CU INTERIOR President of Union of Producers, Conveyors and Distributors of Electrical Energy in African Countries (UPDEA), Mr. Issa Diop of Senegal, speaking in French PAN TO delegates listening (5 shots)
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Background: A seminar reuniting seventeen members of the Union of Producers, Transporters and Distributers of Electrical Energy of Africa (UPDEA), opened on Monday (5 May) in the Ivory Coast capital, Abidjan. The five-day seminar was convened to discuss development plans to meet the energy needs in west and central Africa. A key topic was concerned with looking at alternative energy sources to petrol.
SYNOPSIS: The venue was the Agriculture Stabilisation Fund building. Representatives of eighteen electrical companies were to outline ways of using energy resources, especially in the non-petroleum field.
UPDEA president, Mr. Issa Diop, spelled out the aims of the seminar, and the importance of planned development of electrical energy, an integral part of economic growth in any country.
The world-wide energy problem has become a major worry for African countries. As the price of oil soars on the international markets, it aggravates their efforts in trying to meet their energy needs. Mr. Diop predicted that the problem would become far more serious during the next decade.
He told the delegates that African countries must Study a means of pooling their energy resources. They must work out the intermediary steps needed to develop all projects along acceptable economic and cultural lines.
UPDEA, he said, had to know the economic and energy policies that individual governments were pursuing, and these governments would have to act in a spirit of solidarity.