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  • March 05, 2016

    Cairo, Egypt, 5 March 2016- African energy stakeholders met at a 5-days for the “2nd Africa Smart Grid Forum and 5th African Electro-technical and Standardisation Commission (AFSEC) General Assembly” to develop cooperation at the continental level, towards the development of Smart Grids on the co

  • February 15, 2016 to February 16, 2016

    Workshop on International Cyber Security Negotiations: Capacity Building Workshop for Diplomats kicks off at the AUC Headquarters to address the Misuse of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) and their potential implication on the National and International security and stability

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  • January 31, 2016

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 31 January 2016: The Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, H.E Mrs.

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  • GROUP PHOTO OF THE LEADERSHIP OF THE AU COMMISSION Photo of the leadership of the African Union Commission (AUC), under the Chairmanship of H.E Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, 13 January 2016, AU Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    January 14, 2016

    Photo of the AUC Chairperson, H.E Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, with the male Commissioners of the African Union (AU)

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  • December 04, 2015

    20 African ICT Experts to take part in a training offered by Huawei in China

  • November 30, 2015

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 30 November 2015: The African Union Commission (AUC), through its’ Department of Infrastructure and Energy, and Reykjavik Geothermal ehf signed a Grant Contract for financial support - totaling USD 1,314,000, to conduct surface study activities at the Reykjavík Geothermal e

  • November 27, 2015

    Montreal, Canada, 27 November 2015: The African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Dr. Elham Ibrahim participated in the International Civil Aviation organization (ICAO) first-ever World Aviation Forum (WAF).

  • November 26, 2015

    Cairo, Egypt 26 November 2015: The African Union Commission, Department of Infrastructure and Energy conducted a Training Workshop on Advanced Small Hydropower (SHP) Systems for Member States from 22nd to 27th November 2015 in Cairo, Egypt.

  • November 16, 2015

    Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire 13 November 2015- As the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa holds its first ever PIDA week, the second meeting of the Infrastructure Advisory Group was held at the African Development Bank (AfDB) Headquarters in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on 13th November.

  • The Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy conducted Sensitization visit to Union of Comoros and signed grant agreement with Bureau Géologique des Comores (BGC)
    May 07, 2015

    The Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy conducted Sensitization visit to Union of Comoros and signed grant agreement with Bureau Géologique des Comores (BGC)
    Moroni, Comoros, 7 May 2015: The African Union Commission (AUC) represented byit’s the Department of Infrastructure and Energy, and the Geological Bureau of Comoros signed a grant agreement totaling USD 844,680, on 06 May 2015. The grant representing 80% of the total cost to conduct surface study in Karthala Geothermal Prospect located in GRANDE COMORE – main island of Comoros. The signing ceremony was held at the Retaj Moroni Hotel in Moroni, Union of Comoros as part of the AUC efforts to mobilize financial and technical support to Member States through the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF) as well as the Regional Geothermal Programme. The grant agreement was signed by H.E. Mrs. Siti Kassim, Minister in charge of the Ministry of Production, Energy, Environment, Industry and Handcraft, and H.E. Dr. Elham Mahmoud Ahmed Ibrahim, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy in the presence of high-level officials of the Union of Comoros including the Vice President and Minister of finance, Minister of Justice, Ambassadors of different countries to the Union of Comoros and Representatives of international organizations.
    The AUC Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Dr. Elham M. A. Ibrahim in her remarks expressed her gratitude towards this achievement in geothermal energy development, which will in turn improve the quality of life of the people of Comoros. Thanking all stakeholders for their on-going support, she urged the government of the Union of Comoros to maintain the momentum of the project and apply for GRMF grant for drilling programme in the coming application round.
    The President of the Union of Comoros, H.E. Ikililou Dhoinine received the AUC delegation and expressed his appreciation to the AUC for its efforts and valuable support to geothermal energy development in the Union of Comoros, which will mark the turning point in achieving the realization of energy generation from indigenous geothermal resources in the Country. The Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy informed the President about the efforts of the AUC in improving the energy sector in Member States and the agreements with some partners to mobilize technical and financial support to explore geothermal energy in East African countries including the Union of Comoros.
    The AUC delegation held meetings with the Ministry of Production, Energy, Environment, Industry and Handcraft, the Geological Bureau of Comoros and the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) to discuss further collaboration in developing geothermal energy and other resources in the Union of Comoros and contribution of AUC to mobilize more technical and financial support.
    The GRMF has been established by the AUC, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund in cooperation with the German government owned development bank KfW. The objective of GRMF is to encourage public and private investors (project developers) to develop geothermal prospects for power generation in Eastern Africa by providing cost sharing grants for surface studies and drilling of reservoir confirmation wells. An initial fund totalling 50 million Euro (approx. 62 million USD) has been made available for such grants. A further contribution of 47 million pound sterling was received from the Department for International Development (DFID), UK.
    The GRMF has achieved significant successes in supporting geothermal energy development in East Africa by awarding USD 17 million grant in the 1st application round launched in 2012 for four projects in Kenya and Ethiopia. Another amount of USD 9 million has been awarded to another four projects in Kenya, Ethiopia and Comoros in the 2nd application roun, which was launched in 2013.
    The 3rd application round was launched in October 2014 and resulted in pre-qualification of eleven (11) projects from 7 countries in East Africa, which have now been invited to submit full applications by mid of July this year for evaluation and awarding of grants.
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  • Africa Climate Resilient Infrastructure Summit (ACRIS), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    April 27, 2015 to April 29, 2015

    Climate Resilient Infrastructure Summit Opens at the AUC
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 27 April 2015: The first Africa Climate Resilient Infrastructure Summit (ACRIS) opened today, 27 April 2015 under the theme “Africa towards resilient Infrastructure Development”. The summit, which is organized by the African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with Entico Event Limited, brings together African ministers in charge of energy, transport, , infrastructure, agriculture as well as development partners, financial institutions, private sector and national experts, among others.
    The Summit is aimed at introducing Member States' representatives to practical solutions that tackle the impacts of climate change on infrastructure, agriculture, food security and other key sectors in Africa.
    Speaking at the opening, Dr. Elham Ibrahim, AUC commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy recognized the urgency of the summit as Africa is at the stage of building its infrastructure at national and regional levels which is geared at achieving a sustainable future for Africa. The commissioner reaffirmed that there are already negative impacts that climate change is having on agriculture, food security and water supply, particularly evidenced by food shortages in Sub-Saharan Africa, which depends primarily on rain-fed agriculture.
    “Currently, Africa stands out as the most vulnerable region to the impacts of climate change despite accounting for less than four percent of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions mainly due to low levels of infrastructure to adequately adapt to changing climatic conditions”, Dr. Elham added.
    Mr. Jamal Saghir, senior regional advisor to World Bank called for climate change and infrastructure development programmes to be put at the heart of Africa’s development agenda. He therefore emphasized the need to raise awareness to increase dialogue to better draw attention to the issue.
    Addressing the delegates Mr. Saghir said that the World Bank had launched a global infrastructure facility in 2014 and four billion USD aside for climate change combating measures. He called for the promotion of the blue economy, putting more emphasis on renewable energy development as well as stepping-up technical capacity building to in the Sahara and step up technical capacity to curb the challenges poised by climate change in Africa.
    Taking the floor, Mr. Paul Desanker, Manager of the Adaptation Programme, United Nations Framework, Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) described the work of the Governors’ Climate and Forests Fund (GCF Fund), which is a non-profit climate finance facility. The GCF Fund works with member states to support initiatives that reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and demonstrates realistic pathways to achieving low emission rural development.
    Mr. Desanker highlighted that GCF has mobilized ten billion dollars this year and is in the process of identifying projects that require funding in various regions. The projects will help facilitate the integration of climate change resilient programmes into national frameworks, thereby ensuring sustainability in the long-run, according to him.
    European Investment Bank Loan Officer, Ms. Morag Baird underscored the role played by the bank to achieve sustainable development and poverty reduction around the world. Highlighting the activities of EIB, where nineteen billion euros have been set aside for climate action alone, Ms. Baird stressed that the bank is largely involved in efforts to manage climate change with climate intervention approaches incorporated into EIBs program agenda.
    The three day summit will end on 29 April 2015.
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    Directorate of Information and Communication, AU Commission
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  • PIDA Steering Committee Discusses Progress in Implementation of Infrastructure Projects in Context of Agenda 2063
    March 13, 2015

    The African Union Commission, NEPAD Agency, representatives of Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and other strategic development partners have concluded a two day meeting of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) Steering Committee in Midrand, South Africa, with a clear map of activities for the programme.
    The PIDA Steering Committee is composed of NEPAD, AUC, African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs). It is responsible for evaluating the current status of implementation , identifying challenges and recommending ways to improve working processes within PIDA and to oversee its work and activities.
    The AUC Director for Infrastructure and Energy Department, Mr Aboubakari Baba Moussa, who chaired the meeting, recognized the integration efforts that have been made by the continent’s Regional Economic Communities (RECs). He stressed the need for the steering committee to evaluate what has been achieved to date, three years after implementation of PIDA projects began.
    Dr. Baba Moussa stressed that PIDA is at the heart of Africa’s Agenda 2063, which has endorsed infrastructure development as a key enabler of the continent’s integration. Further to this, the Director highlighted that all 54 member states of the African Union are fully committed to PIDA and that all five regions of the continent are fully integrated into the PIDA implementation process.
    Finally, Dr Baba Moussa recalled that 2015 is the African Union year of “Women’s Development and Empowerment Towards Agenda 2063”, and in this context, called on the meeting to ensure that PIDA projects focus on the empowerment of women and youth on the continent.
    The Head of the NEPAD Infrastructure Programme, Mr. Adama Deen highlighted the activities of the PIDA implementation work plan and its achievements since the last meeting which was held in Johannesburg, South Africa in October 2014. His presentation focused on the undertakings of the PIDA Capacity Building projects and the NEPAD- ISBU work plan.
    He indicated that there has been progress as the first disbursement of funds from AfDB has been received by the Agency. Other highlights include the signing of four performance MoUs with the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the upcoming recruitment of Infrastructure experts within the NEPAD Agency and RECs, the finalization of the RECs projects list and the NEPAD work plan and budget for 2015 is also prepared and ready for presentation.
    The African Development Bank (AfDB) and GIZ both committed their continued support to the implementation of PIDA through various support mechanisms. This includes funding of the PIDA capacity building projects that will aid skills development in the RECs, NEPAD Agency and the African Union Commission.
    Representing the AfDB, Mr. Shem Simuyemba commended the partnership between the AUC, NEPAD Agency and AfDB under PIDA which has achieved formidable results in advancing Africa’s infrastructure development. “This partnership has helped to have a coordinated approach in the delivery of PIDA, and has been critical in launching the joint Africa50Fund, which will help facilitate large-scale funding from the private sector,” he said.
    The Steering Committee heard presentations on the Monitoring and Evaluation system currently being set up by the NEPAD Agency and the AUC, which will help monitor the progress of PIDA Projects. A presentation on the Virtual PIDA Information Centre was done and recommendations were made on the improvement of the portal to better serve its purpose of providing information on PIDA activities and projects on the continent.
    Mrs. Wynne Musabayana presented the PIDA communication strategy, focusing on the 2015-2016 work plan and the formation of a PIDA communication network that will be focused on communicating PIDA. As one of the outcomes, the meeting recommended that the communications component should be included within all the protocols of PIDA project proposals.
    The meeting also heard comprehensive reports from the East African Community (EAC), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Union of Arab Magreb (UMA) on the implementation of the PIDA Priority Action Plan ( PAP) projects within their regions. PIDA PAP is composed of 51 programmes in the sectors of energy, transport, trans- boundary water and ICT.
    Africa’s engagements in recent global development processes such as the TICAD and the Forum for China Africa Cooperation were also discussed.
    The meeting yielded key recommendations that will help in the successful implementation of PIDA at national, regional and continental levels. The steering committee is the highest technical body tasked with fostering overall coordination of implementation efforts by various stakeholders and to provide general policy guidance and facilitation for smooth implementation PIDA.


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Department of Infrastructure and Energy
The Department is responsible for ensuring the development of infrastructure and energy resources at the regional and continental levels. Key roles include: promoting, coordinating, implementing and monitoring programmes and policies on transport, energy, telecommunication and information in collaboration with the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and AU specialised institutions and agencies; facilitating private sector initiatives on infrastructure development; and advocating among development partners for programme implementation. The Department has three divisions: Energy; Information Society; and Transport and Tourism. -
Program Infrastructure Development for Africa (PIDA)
The Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), a Multi sector programme covering Transport, Energy, Transboundary water and Telecommunication/ICT, is dedicated to facilitating continental integration in Africa through improved regional infrastructure and is designed to support implementation of the African Union Abuja Treaty and the creation of the African economic Community, PIDA is a joint initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA), and the African Development Bank (AfDB). PIDA is grounded in regional and continental master plans and action plans as well as other relevant work undertaken by the African Union (AU), the regional economic Communities (RECs), the regional and continental technical agencies (including the lake and river basin organizations (L/RBO) and power pools (PP)), and the concerned countries.
Internet Exchange Point (IXP)
Internet Exchange point (IXP) is a physical infrastructure where Internet Service Providers and Content Providers interconnected in order for Internet traffic exchanged between them. The primary role is to keep local Internet traffic within local infrastructure. The main benefits include low cost, reduced latency and good bandwidth due to avoiding the data routing through upstream Internet Providers.
Cyber Security
Cyber security has many dimensions and people ultimately expect cyberspace systems to function in a trustworthy environment despite many potential threats. Different ways of thinking about cyber security entails liability laws coupled with new directions in education, training and operational practice.
The DotAfrica Top Level Domain (. Africa) Project
DotAfrica is that specific Internet namespace for Africa which is likely to be applied for operation during the next round of new generic top-level domain (gTLD) which Internet Cooperation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will be launching in the near future. The introduction of the DotAfrica will create an attractive regional home for the Pan-African Internet community; as the first sponsored registry to be operating from Africa and therefore serving the specific needs of its communities, it will echo ongoing operation and successes of other sister community TLDs such as DotEu (DotEuropa) and DotAsia which have created a new Internet identity for their users and business who seek more regional presence without being confined within the limits of one country.
The Pan African Postal Union (PAPU), African Telecommunications Union (ATU), Regional African Satellite Communications Organization (RASCOM) and African Union (AU) Commission agreed to develop and implement one single e-Post project for African Posts.
Pan African e-Network (PAeN) for Tele-medicine and Tele-education
The former President of India Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, during the inaugural session of the Pan-African Parliament held in Johannesburg on 16th September 2004, proposed in his address to connect all the 53 nations of the African Union by a satellite and fiber optic network that would provide effective communication for Tele-education, Tele-medicine, Internet, Videoconferencing notably diplomatic communications (VVIP) and VoIP services and also support e-Governance, e-Commerce, infotainment, resource mapping, meteorological services etc
Open Access
The issue of Open Access is of high importance and timing of access to broadband infrastructure notably submarine cables in the context of the latest market developments with is characterized increased by a number of planned and ongoing implementation of infrastructure projects (national and regional backbones, submarine cables, etc.). Although the issue is part of the AU Reference Framework for Harmonization of Telecom/ICT Policies & Regulations in Africa adopted in 2008 in Cairo, the Extraordinary CITMC Session on the 5th November 2009 in Johannesburg directed the African Union Commission (AUC) through the 2000 Olivier Tambo Declaration to develop a common definition, understanding, and guidelines on Open Access, in coordination with relevant stakeholders.
Transition to Analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television
Analogue terrestrial television transition is a process of ceasing of broadcasting television signal in analogue form and replacing it by the broadcasting of television signal in digital form. The transition to the digital television offers many advantages. Among others, efficient utilization of the spectrum, better picture and sound quality , more program channels , opportunity to produce attractive local content and opportunity for service and application convergence are few to mention. It can also potentially contribute to the socioeconomic development of the continent if political and technical decisions related to the transition are taken timely in a harmonized and coordinated manner across the continent.
African leadership in ICT Program (ALICT)
The programme will build and strengthen visioning, strategic planning and management, policy making of future leaders and policy makers in Africa on ICTs’ role in the development of inclusive and sustainable Knowledge Societies in Africa.
Department of Infrastructure and Energy
The Department is responsible for ensuring the development of infrastructure and energy resources at the regional and continental levels. -