Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade estimated Thursday that thanks to soaring oil prices, Africa could become "the next big supplier" of biofuel to the world, reported the Senegalese Press Agency (APS).
"Paradoxically, thanks to the rise in the price of oil, Africa could be the next major supplier of clean energy to the world", declared Mr. Wade at the opening of a ministerial conference for the creation of the Association. African non-oil producing countries in Dakar.
Biofuel "can save Africa and the world by preventing it, after the exhaustion of oil expected in the next four or five decades, from falling into the trap of a generalization of the use of atomic energy", has further said President Wade, believing that Africa is "a reservoir of clean energy".
About twenty African countries among the 42 non-oil producers took part in the meeting, APS reported.
For Mr. Wade, the future Association of African Non-Oil Producing Countries should be a framework for “consultation and dialogue intended to defend our common interests”.
The new structure will be, "like the Organization of Petroleum Producing Countries (OPEC), a framework for exchanges," Senegalese Minister of Energy and Mines Madické told APS. Niang.
Abdoulaye Wade first submitted the idea of such an organization at the last African Union summit in early July in Banjul.