The First Stakeholder Forum
of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP)
The Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) Forum presents the unique opportunity to bring together important members and representatives of the private sector, civil society and academia as well as financial institutions to jointly explore the potential of implementing “actions on the ground” and to discuss key issues as well as recommendations to political decision-makers. The aim of the Forum is to achieve progress on the AEEP 2020 targets in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency, energy access and energy security, with the main focus on renewable energy.
The Forum will focus on
- Active involvement of private sector, civil society and research to build a strong, motivated and active backbone of the Partnership;
- Identifying concrete contributions of stakeholder groups to achieve the AEEP targets;
- Identifying synergies among stakeholder groups and between European and African stakeholders in contributing to the achievement of AEEP 2020 targets;
- Addressing barriers for increased investment and development assistance, effective implementation of projects etc., including implications for policy-makers;
- Providing a platform and marketplace for dialogue and exchange of ideas/experiences to facilitate implementation of “actions on the ground”;
- Advancing knowledge and technology cooperation & transfer
The Forum will host approximately 300 participants, including next to the Honourable Minister of Energy of South Africa and the African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy as hosts, the Partnership’s co-chairs, EU Commissioners, African and European ministers, business leaders, and eminent persons from academia and civil society.
The Forum will bring together:
- Private sector representatives from business associations, renewable energy companies, utilities and financial institutions as well as potential investors
- Members of civil society such as umbrella organisations and NGOs active in the field of development, energy, environment, gender and social issues
- Representatives of research institutions such as centres for applied research, national and international research councils and networks, regional centres and universities
- Public sector officials including representatives from governments, regional and international organisations and power pools