The governments of the United States and Israel have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to advance the goals of reducing energy poverty and increasing access to energy in sub-Saharan Africa. This will be achieved through partnerships between private enterprises and African governments, with international funding.

The U.S. government will implement this MOU through the Power Africa Co-ordinator's Office, led by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Israel’s role will be through the country’s Prime Minister's Office, in conjunction with the Ministry of Economy and Industry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Energy and Innovation Authority.

US and Israel partnr to increase energy access

Through this partnership, the United States and Israel intend to collaborate on a number of issues to accelerate progress towards shared goals. These include increasing outreach and collaboration among U.S. and Israeli companies to improve access to finance and explore investment opportunities, deeper collaboration to expand electricity access, and the expansion of on-grid renewable and off-grid efforts to extend energy across sub-Saharan Africa. They also intend to encourage new projects involving Israeli and U.S. companies across the continent.

“This partnership will leverage cutting-edge technical expertise from the U.S. and Israel, thanks to our innovative private companies who are motivated to work with our governments to accelerate Africa's development – particularly in the energy sector,” U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, noted at the ceremony to inaugurate the MOU. The ceremony was attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Power Africa Co-ordinator Andrew Herscowitz.

“The U.S.-Israel relationship is based on shared values and aligned interests. This is yet another manifestation of our collaboration to make the world a better place,” says Eli Groner, Director-General of the Israeli Prime Minister's Office.

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