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Energy SecurityManaging Risk in a Dynamic Legal and Regulatory Environment$
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Barry Barton, Catherine Redgwell, Anita Rønne, and Donald N. Zillman

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271610

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271610.001.0001

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Regional and National Frameworks for Energy Security in Africa

Regional and National Frameworks for Energy Security in Africa

(p.121) 5 Regional and National Frameworks for Energy Security in Africa
Energy Security

Yinka Omorogbe

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the energy security in Africa. It describes Africa as blessed with abundant energy resources, more than enough to supply her needs. It adds that Africa is underdeveloped, with almost all the countries being classified as low in development, and half ranking amongst the least developed in the world. It notes that development is impossible, or at most an uphill task, in any place where there is no access to conventional energy. It explains that the difference between the rural dweller in a village in Africa and a city dweller lies in the amount of energy available for his use. The chapter is a discourse on energy security in Africa, primarily through the study of continental initiatives under the auspices of the African Union, and on sub-regional cooperative efforts that are aimed at addressing the issue of energy security in west and southern Africa.

Keywords:   African Energy Commission, NEPAD, Africa, energy resource, developing nation, conventional energy, city dweller, rural dweller, African Union

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