At the Sixth Summit of the Americas in April 2012 in Cartagena, the Government of Colombia put forward a bold agenda in proposing Connecting the Americas 2022 (Connect 2022) to ensure our citizens, businesses, schools, and hospitals have the electricity they need at a price they can afford.
Power generation in Latin America and the Caribbean needs to double by 2030. By 2035, the region needs over $700 billion in power sector investments, according to the IEA. Over 31 million people in the region lack access to electricity.
Connect 2022, launched by Colombia's former Minister of Mines and Energy Mauricio Cardenas and the U.S. Secretary of State, is a hemispheric initiative, which establishes a decade-long goal to achieve universal access to electricity through enhanced electrical interconnections, power sector investment, renewable energy development, and cooperation. Connect 2022, endorsed by heads of state in the Summit declaration, supports the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), involving all governments of the Western Hemisphere, the private sector, IDB, World Bank, and OAS. It is advanced bilaterally and sub-regionally in North America; Central America with Mexico and Colombia; the Andes with Chile; Brazil and Southern Cone; and the Caribbean.