US embassy in Addis Ababa
November 4, 2019
Telephonic Press Briefing with Andrew M. Herscowitz Coordinator for Power Africa on U.S. Government-led Initiative to Double Access to Electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2030.
Please join us Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 04:15PM for a telephonic press briefing with Andrew M. Herscowitz, Coordinator for Power Africa. Mr. Herscowitz will discuss the recent release of the 2019 Power Africa Annual Report and Power Africa’s results to date.
Speaker: Andrew M. Herscowitz, Coordinator for Power Africa Date: November 6, 2019
Venue: U.S. Embassy, Entoto Road
Ground rules: On the record
More than 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to electricity. In 2013, Power Africa was launched as a U.S. Government-led partnership to double access to electricity in the region by facilitating 30,000 megawatts (MW) of new generation capacity and by adding 60 million new electricity connections by 2030. To achieve these goals, Power Africa uses a partnership model drawing on the expertise of over 150 private and public sector partners, 18 development partners, and 12 U.S. government agencies. Signed into law by the U.S. Congress in February 2016, the Electrify Africa Act of 2015 instructs Power Africa to provide access to electricity for 50 million people and to provide 20,000 MW by 2020.
Power Africa is excited to announce the release of the 2019 Annual Report. Since 2014, Power Africa has been making a difference across all sectors, from health and education, to gender and agriculture. As of July 2019, 56 of Power Africa’s 124 financially closed projects are up and running and turning more Lights On by producing 3,486 MW of new electricity and transforming businesses, economies, and livelihoods. Today, more than 68 million people in sub-Saharan Africa have first-time access to electricity thanks to the 14.8 million new home and business connections facilitated by Power Africa support.
Bio: Andrew M. Herscowitz, Coordinator for Power Africa
Since 2013, Andrew M. Herscowitz has been the U.S. Coordinator for Power Africa, a program to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. Power Africa, coordinated by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is the world’s largest development partnership with $56 billion in commitments from 174 public and private partners. Herscowitz’s other USAID positions include Ecuador Mission Director, Peru Deputy Mission Director, and Legal Adviser for the Andes and the Caribbean.
Before joining USAID, Herscowitz practiced law with Piper & Marbury and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. He is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and its Law Center. In 2005, the Federal Bar Association recognized Herscowitz as one of the five most outstanding young lawyers in the U.S. Government. In 2018, Herscowitz won the Service to Americas “Sammie” awards, given to officials who have provided the greatest benefit to the American people.
Attachment – 2019 USAID-Power Africa Fact Sheet for Ethiopia
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