Access to electricity is a fundamental component of growth and development for any country or region. Africa, home to seven of the ten fastest growing economies in the world, has enormous power potential, but many of its residents still have little or no access to electricity. On June 30th, President Obama announced Power Africa, an initiative that will double access to power in Africa through partnerships between OPIC, U.S. Agency for International Development, Export-Import Bank, Millennium Challenge Corporation, U.S. Trade and Development Agency U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) and the private sector.
On the heels of President Obama’s announcement, OPIC and the Millennium Challenge Corporation will host a Twitter chat on Tuesday, July 2nd at 2:00 p.m. EDT to discuss why this investment is so important. The Twitter chat will provide valuable information for the private sector and development experts who may be interested in learning more about investing in Africa’s power infrastructure. It will also provide an opportunity for people to ask questions and connect directly with the U.S. government agencies that are committed to President Obama’s Power Africa plan.
OPIC and MCC encourage users to tweet questions and thoughts with the #Power4All hashtag. Agencies will respond to as many tweets and questions on the topic as possible. During the event you can follow along with @OPICgov and @MCCTweets. Individuals who do not have accounts on Twitter can still follow the chats by visiting: http://1.usa.gov/14XQIar.