Over the past few months, Israel’s ties with Africa have strengthened. “Israel is returning to Africa, and Africa is returning to Israel,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in January. This month saw an incredible announcement in connection to this – Energiya Global, an Israeli company, will invest $1 billion in solar energy in Africa in the next four years.
The announcement was made at a meeting of ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) that took place this month in Liberia. The meeting was also noteworthy because it was addressed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, marking the first time ever that ECOWAS has been addressed by a Prime Minister of a non-ECOWAS member.
Energiya Global are involved in major projects in Rwanda and Burundi, and this new agreement will bring even more solar energy to even more people. Yosef Abramowitz, the CEO of Energiya Global is becoming somewhat of a celebrity, having met with Bono at one of the Rwandan solar fields, and even having run for President of the State of Israel. Israeli technology and innovation are combining with its desire to change the world, resulting in the improvement to the lives of millions and millions of people.
Contributed by Aron White, CAMERA intern