Real Clear Israel Is: Better Energy – Liberman’s Africa strategy – Jpost Article

Better Energy: Liberman’s Africa strategy

By YOSEF I. ABRAMOWITZ
06/21/2014 23:13
Avigdor Liberman

FOREIGN MINISTER Avigdor Liberman opens a Rwanda-Israel center last week. Photo: REUTERS

NAIROBI, Kenya – Ten days is a steep investment for any foreign minister. Yet Avigdor Liberman’s five-nation African tour signals a strategic shift with likely significant political and economic dividends.The white Airbus A320, chartered by the Israel Export Institute, buzzed with business people, diplomats, Members of Knesset, the security detail and our own mission doctor.

While Europe’s economy stagnates and BDS creeps in, Africa is rising. Six out of the 10 fastest growing economies are in Africa, as well as a quarter of the votes in the United Nations. Yet even though Israel has proximity to the continent, only three percent of our trade is with Africa. All five of the African countries on the foreign minister’s itineray requested an Israeli company that develops solar fields. And no wonder.

Six hundred million people in Africa are literally powerless, while a couple of hundreds of millions more are afflicted with expensive power from dirty diesel…..Read More Of The JPost Article Here

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