January 3, 2015 (revised)
Africa is home to
1.2 billion people that live on 30 million square kilometers of land. The
Africa Union represents 54 of the 55 countries that are located in North,
Southern, East, West and Central regions of the continent. Africa people
speaks numerous languages and has 42 different currencies. There is an
estimated 600 million people are living in poverty with no electricity.
should have a Modernization Plan that is modeled after
China's Modernization Plan to bring over
300 million people into the 21st century in the next twelve years. The key areas are energy, transportation, buildings &
homes, water, and public services. Government,
businesses, non-for-profit organizations, and academia leaders would
be invited to Africa to help build cities, schools, and factories for
manufacturing consumer and industrial produces in Africa rather than sell
their natural resources to other countries.
Leadership will be needed to
developed and implement the African Modernization Plan. The
could be governed similar to the
European Union. Africa will need to have centralized banking system and a common currency for conducting
international commerce. Africa Union may want to benchmarked
their economic progress after China.
Africa will needs an
clean power plants that generate electricity,
petrochemicals from coal, biomass, & oil, manufacture consumer & industrial
products, desalt seawater for domestic drinking water and irrigating crops,
and split water directly into hydrogen & oxygen for industrial applications.
Each power plant would
generate 10 billion kilowatt hours of electricity per year.
The 300 clean power
plants would generate 3 trillion kilowatt hours (3,000 Terawatt-hours) of
electricity and distributed to meet the Africa's energy need. At ten cents per kilowatt-hour, the revenues would be $300
billion per year.
Africa Energy Outlook contains a small fraction of Africa Union's energy needs.
Better utilization of Africa's natural resources turns scarcities
into surpluses. Coal, oil, and biomass are turned into petrochemicals for
making consumers and industrial products rather than burning them and
destroying Earth's environment. Carbon dioxide emissions would be less than
two metric tons per person.
African Union Modernization Plan would bring 300 million people into the
21st century. If
government, academia, and business leaders work together, Africa’s Economy grows from $2.4 trillion to over $8 trillion. The
Moderization Plan would be replicated for another 300 million people.
However, the real
benefits come from taking millions of people out of poverty, providing them
the opportunity to have a world-class education, and empowering them to
fulfill their dreams.