Economic Development

A New Marshall Plan for Africa

A worker walks walks in front of a solar array that is part of the Noor 1 solar power project in Ouarzazate on October 19, 2014. Morocco's first solar energy plant will begin operating in 2015, an official said, as part of a multi-billion-euro project the oil-scarce kingdom hopes will satisfy its growing energy needs. The Nour 1 plant cost 600 million euros (USD 765 million) and is expected to have a capacity to generate 160 MW. AFP PHOTO/ FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)
A solar energy plant in Morocco, built with the help of Germany.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    • Gerd Müller, the federal minister of economic cooperation and development, says the world is at a crucial turning point and Africa, in particular, is a continent of rich possibilities.
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  • Facts

    Facts

    • Construction of the world’s largest and most modern solar power plant is underway in the Moroccan desert.
    • German developmental policies and companies played a large part in the project.
    • About 350 German firms are active in nearby Tunisia.
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Let’s imagine the world in the year 2050:

With its young population, Africa experiences an economic upturn and no child goes hungry. The continent grows prosperous, and sustainable energy, especially from the sun, creates millions of jobs.

In Asia, a boom exists in the production of clothing that doesn’t poison rivers and allows workers and their families to live well. Modern technology has allowed us to put the brakes on global warming and prevent the flooding of huge land masses such as Bangladesh.

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