Ruto calls for Africa to stop exporting minerals and embrace green mobility
President William Ruto of Kenya has challenged African countries to stop exporting their mineral raw materials and instead use them to produce green energy and electric vehicles. He made this statement during the official opening of the Africa Climate Summit 2023, which is being held in Nairobi from September 3 to 5.
Ruto said that Africa is the powerhouse for green energy, with abundant resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, and hydro power. He said that these resources can be used to power electric vehicles, which are more environmentally friendly and cost-effective than fossil fuel vehicles.
He also said that Africa has the potential to become a global leader in green mobility, and that the market value of electric vehicles could be over $7 trillion. He cited a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) that projected that electric vehicles will account for 60% of global car sales by 2030.
He urged African governments to invest in research and development, infrastructure, and policies that will support the transition to green mobility. He said that this will create jobs, boost economic growth, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
He also said that Africa is not just a victim of climate change, but a dynamic continent with solutions for the world. He highlighted some of the initiatives that Kenya has taken to combat climate change, such as banning single-use plastics, planting trees, and promoting renewable energy.
He called on other African leaders and partners to join hands and work together to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Africa Climate Summit 2023 is a high-level event that brings together heads of state, ministers, experts, civil society, and private sector representatives from across Africa and beyond. The summit aims to showcase Africa’s climate actions, mobilize resources, and foster partnerships for a green and resilient future .