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 A Sustainable Energy Future for Emerging Economies FOCUS AFRICA

Fossil-fuel energy has fostered industrialization, economic growth and
prosperity in the developed world. In fact, developed nations exist largely
because fossil fuels have allowed for affordable and reliable energy. But
today, environmental concerns are driving developed nations to invest large
sums of money to change their energy sources and infrastructure to support a
clean environment. The question is, “Should emerging and developing nations
develop their energy infrastructure from these same traditional energy
sources, or are there now other, better options available to them?”

This conference brings together scholars, scientists, researchers and
business executives from the renewable energy and natural gas industries,
representatives from non-governmental and governmental organizations, and
officials from developed, developing and emerging countries, especially
African countries. Together we will explore ways to implement a new paradigm
for sustainably supplying the energy needed for economic growth in
economies—particularly in Africa—where the energy infrastructure has not
been fully developed.

This new paradigm is driven by advances in renewable energy technologies,
combined with technological improvements that are now making available vast
unconventional natural gas supplies in shale formations ubiquitously
dispersed throughout the world. This paradigm is taking hold in the
developed world today as natural gas, complemented by wind and solar power,
gains traction as the preferred approach to economically competitive,
cleaner and safer central electric power generation.

Employing this new paradigm, emerging and developing economies can gain
access to affordable energy so essential for improved standards of living
and sustainable economic growth. This innovative approach can meet the
world’s energy thirst in a much more environmentally sustainable and
affordable fashion.

Combining renewables and natural gas offers tremendous potential for rural
areas where a centralized electrical grid power system does not currently
exist and may, now, never need to be developed. In these areas, renewable
energy sources can be used for light industrial and residential needs, such
as lighting, cooking, heating and communications, thus providing lower-cost
and cleaner energy than wood, charcoal and kerosene. In urban areas, natural
gas can complement industrial-scale renewable energy supplies by affordably
and cleanly fuelling centralized power systems for industrial and commercial

In the United States, unconventional natural gas, led by gas in onshore
shale formations, is dramatically transforming the natural gas supply
situation and making it possible to cost-effectively replace coal power
plants with much cleaner natural gas. In some areas, natural gas is also
fueling vehicles with cleaner and cheaper fuel than imported oil.

Indications are that similar unconventional gas formations are prolific
throughout the world’s continents. The possibility of an indigenous natural
gas supply and the vibrant industrial activity that it can support on a
large scale in the not-too-distant future can transform developing and
emerging economies. Already, conventional natural gas supplies are under
intense development in some parts of Africa. Now a foundation is being laid
for the environmentally responsible exploration and production of
unconventional natural gas, principally from shales, which will vastly
augment the potential reserves in Africa.

In future global commerce, creating a sustainable energy infrastructure for
the African continent and other emerging and developing economies represents
an unprecedented opportunity for the bold and the smart! Companies that
develop, implement and utilize new energy technologies and innovative
financing methods will recast the future of the emerging world and
profoundly improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people. At the same
time, these companies will create new revenue streams in global commerce for
developed and developing nations. In sum, the world will benefit from more
efficient use of new, cleaner and environmentally friendly energy.
*Please visit the conference's site at: ***<>
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** *Thank you.
Dr. Florinel-Frank Cotae
*Assistant Professor of International Business*
*Mount Royal University*
Bissett School of Business
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T3E 6K6
Office: (403) 440 6833
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