600millions of African people still live without electricity
As of 2019, Africa's population is 1.3 billion. It accounts for 8% of the world's population of 7.7 billion. By 2050, Africa's population is said to expand up to 2.1 billion, which means one forth of world’s population will be African.
In their land which is 64 times larger than Japan, Africa has 54 countries, of which 49 are not sufficiently electrified. Especially in the sub-Saharan region, the south of the Sahara Desert, there are 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)
African territory is vast. In order for Africa to have the infrastructure to support this increasing population, they will need resources such as funding and people to proceed maintenance of the infrastructure, and to educate local people to correctly use them without damaging them. There are also regions with conflicts which can damage the equipment. These actual issues make the situation 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 even in the long run. Especially sub-Saharan Africa it is predicted that 450million people will still be without electricity even in 2050, 30 years from today. (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. The Sub-Saharan region has the GDP growth rate of 3.5%, and the Economic Community
of West African States (ECOWAS) has 6-7%. 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 this population growth.