600millions of African people still live without electricity
As of 2019, Africa's population was 1.3 billion. It accounts for 8% of the world's 7.7 billion people, and by 2050, Africa's population will have grown to 2.1 billion, with one in four Africans in the world.
There are 54 countries on a vast land 64 times larger than Japan's, but there are many unelectrified areas in 49 countries, especially in the sub-Saharan region south of the Sahara Desert, where 600 million people still live without electricity. This is equivalent to 60% of the world's 1 billion unelectrified population. (JICA / Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy)
The land of Africa is vast. Even if the population grows, there are still many challenges to be overcome, such as funding, maintenance, technology level, and equipment damage from conflicts, making it difficult to move forward with conventional electrification (National Grid).
The current low electrification rate coupled with rapid population growth will make it difficult to significantly reduce the unelectrified areas of Africa, especially sub-Saharan Africa, even in the long run, and it is predicted that 450 million people will still be without electricity in the next 2050. (African Development Bank).
Meanwhile, Africa has been steadily increasing its economic growth. Due to the large number of countries in Africa, there are many regional communities with free trade and customs unions, with GDP growth rates of 3.5% in the sub-Saharan region and 6-7% in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and many startups have been born. This duality is Africa's greatest attraction and opportunity.
Senegal, West Africa, the target of the TUMIQUI Project, is located in this ECOWAS region. We are pursuing a sustainable business with an eye on population growth.