The Second Stakeholder Forum of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) was hosted jointly by the Italian Government, the African Union Commission (AUC) and the European Union Commission (EC).
The Forum built on the First Stakeholder meeting held in Cape Town, South Africa in 2012. It envisaged participation of African and European Ministers, AU and EU Commissioners, and more than 300 other high-level participants representing policy-makers, regional institutions, international organisations, the banking & finance industry, the private sector, academia, the civil society and the media.
Coming at a time of increased international attention on energy in Africa (including post-COP21 and announcement of SDG7), the main objectives of the second AEEP Stakeholder Forum were to:
Sharpen the role and contributions of a wide range of stakeholders
with a special focus to increase (private sector) investment in energy infrastructure;
Enhance the engagement of non-state actors
in sustainable energy sector development in Africa with emphasis on human capital for innovation, skills and capacity development in renewable energy; and
Provide a framework for dialogue
at an important gathering of African and European leaders and actors across key thematic areas for energy security and development.
The two day Forum was split into
- day one, 16 May being a technical thematic stakeholder day, whereas
- day two, 17 May dedicated to high level delegates and stakeholders.
Modalities included a mix of plenary and specially structured panel discussions, targeted networking and Business match-making events as well as media campaigns. An exhibition and fair was an integral part of the programme running through the entire week.
The Forum resulted in concrete outcomes endorsed by the high level segment of the conference.
For the 2016 Stakeholder Meeting, the AEEP offered two distinct Youth Scholarship Programmes to support young professionals getting involved with energy issues in Africa and the EU.
The Exhibition was an exceptional opportunity for showcasing innovations, comprehensive energy solutions, academic and research programmes and other cutting-edge offerings
The Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) constitutes one of the initial eight partnerships under the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES), a long-term framework for cooperation between the two continents. The African Union Commission, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Secretariat, Egypt, the European Commission, Germany and Italy are the Steering Group members providing political guidance to the Partnership. AEEP Secretariat is hosted by the Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF) which is an instrument of the EU Energy Initiative (EUEI).