The AELG is about moving the needle on energy access in a significant way."
Kandeh Yumkella, the UN Secretary- General's Special Representative for the SE4All initative, the parent of the AELG programme, said.
AELG champions will mobilise sub-regional development and encourage commercial banks to support energy investments, especially in projects with a regional or sub-regional focus.
Bringing together senior decision-makers in African businesses and governments to deal with Africa's energy challenge and to speed up electricity production across the continent with investors pledging to invest funds and government establishing safe regulatory and legal frameworks aimed at boosting larger scale national and cross-border production is what the AELG is about.
There is no specific power to direct emergency activities by lifeline utilities (AELG, 2005) and the duties and obligations of governmental bodies, especially local and regional councils, have not been clearly expressed in legislation (Messrs Anthony Harper, 2006).
AELG (2005) Resources available for response and recovery of lifeline utilities.
Omar Ben Yedder, Group Publisher of IC Publications and one of Africa's young leaders, pressed me to explain how the AELG
would work in practical terms, since he heard me make the same proposal in Abuja a week earlier.