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MEDIA ADVISORY: Africare Assembles Influential Panel of Experts to Address Africa's Power Crisis

GE Africa President and CEO, Jay Ireland, and Dangote Group Special Adviser to the President, Joseph Makoju, headline Africare's Panel of Experts

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Six hundred million Africans lack access to a power grid. Even where there is power, unreliable national girds force businesses to spend as much as 60 percent of their operating costs on expensive back-up power resources.

Among Sub-Saharan Africa's rural poor, nearly nine out of 10 people lack access to electricity. Lifesaving medicines cannot be kept cold. Preparing meals is a major undertaking. And for children, schoolwork ends at sundown.

Fortunately, Africare and corporate giants such as GE, Dangote Group and others, are taking action and creating innovative solutions to address the continent's power crisis. Hear directly how these visionaries are powering Africa.

 

WHO:   

Darius Mans, President, Africare


Joseph Makoju, Special Advisor to the President and CEO, Dangote Group


Jay Ireland, President and CEO GE Africa


Scott Eisner, Vice President for African Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Donald Kaberuka, President, African Development Bank



WHAT:      

Thought-provoking discussion and Q&A about solutions to Africa's power challenges



WHEN:      

10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 12, 2014



WHERE:     

The Willard Hotel


Peacock Lounge


1401 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.


Washington, D.C., 20004

 

For more information, please contact Nicole Miles at (301) 807-9085.

About Africare

Africare is a leading non-governmental organization (NGO) committed to addressing African development and policy issues by working in partnership with African people to build sustainable, healthy and productive communities. Since 1970, Africare has provided well over $1 billion of assistance and support through more than 2,500 projects in Agriculture & Food Security; Water, Sanitation & Hygiene; Women's Empowerment; and Health, HIV & AIDS that have impacted millions of beneficiaries in 36 countries in Africa. Visit http://www.africare.org for more information.

Media Contact:
Nicole Miles 
Manager, Communications & Marketing
Phone: (202)-328-5320
Email: nmiles@africare.org

Video - http://youtu.be/qfZ-IHeHA1U

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