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ON THE LINE: Africa's Energy Needsi
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October 25, 2013 3:00 AM
Experts say more than two-thirds of the population in sub-Saharan Africa lives without power. In June, President Barack Obama announced his Power Africa initiative, a plan to spend seven billion dollars over the next five years to dramatically increase access to power in the region. But many critics say the US is lagging behind China which has already invested tens of billions of dollars on power projects on the energy deficient continent. This week’s "On The Line" discusses Africa's energy needs and how it fuels regional and international politics. Guests: Dr. Witney W. Schneidman: Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Senior International Advisor for Africa, Covington & Burling. Binta Terrier: Founder & Executive Director, Partnership League for Africa's Development

ON THE LINE: Africa's Energy Needs

Published October 24, 2013

Experts say more than two-thirds of the population in sub-Saharan Africa lives without power. In June, President Barack Obama announced his Power Africa initiative, a plan to spend seven billion dollars over the next five years to dramatically increase access to power in the region. But many critics say the US is lagging behind China which has already invested tens of billions of dollars on power projects on the energy deficient continent. This week’s "On The Line" discusses Africa's energy needs and how it fuels regional and international politics. Guests: Dr. Witney W. Schneidman: Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Senior International Advisor for Africa, Covington & Burling. Binta Terrier: Founder & Executive Director, Partnership League for Africa's Development

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