The relationship between energy consumption and economic growth has been widely discussed at academic and political levels. Of the 1.4 billion people worldwide without access to energy, 40% are in sub-Saharan Africa despite the vast natural resources and renewable energy available on the African continent.
Although economic growth has improved in Africa, it has not necessarily translated into sustained poverty reduction and equitable sharing. This dramatic lack of energy access stifles inclusive growth and sustainable development across the continent.
To discuss how surmounting this challenge can be expedited further, the London Stock Exchange Group were joined by the Development Bank of Southern Africa, Buchanan, Astonfield Solar, Helios Investment Partners, and ENS Africa for a panel discussion.
Augustine Chipungu, Associate Director, Buchanan
Shafeeka Hartley, Director, Corporate Commercial, ENS Africa
Phil Davis, Head of ESG, Helios Investment Partners
Ameet Shah, Founder & Director, Astonfield Solar
Lucy Chege, Head: Energy, Environment and ICT, Development Bank of South Africa