U.S. and Senegal Sign Agreement on Energy and Environmental Cooperation
In a follow-up to President Clinton's visit to Africa one year ago, the United States and Senegal last week formally agreed to pursue an energy relationship that will contribute to the development of clean energy, improved environmental conditions, and economic growth in the West African country.
U.S. Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson and Senegal Minister of Energy, Mines and Industry Magued Diouf signed an agreement in Washington, D.C., to co-operate on energy policy, science and technology, and research and development.
“This relationship will encourage development and investment in clean energy sources that will create economic benefits and contribute to climate change goals,” Secretary Richardson said. “We plan to apply scientific and technological expertise to the need for sustainable development, which in turn will lead to economic growth.”
Joint programs under the agreement will focus on energy and environmental concerns such as energy policy development, renewable energy sources for rural electrification, development of regional grid integration, and private sector participation in the energy sector.
The co-operation will provide Senegal with access to U.S. science and technology and energy expertise while expanding U.S. access to its developing energy market. The Agency for International Development and the private sector are expected to participate.