The goal of the Stakeholder Forum has been to bring together high level policy makers with key private sector, academia and civil society representatives for a cross-sectoral exchange in order to facilitate partnerships for on-the-ground implementation, as well as influence energy policy to provide an enabling framework for stakeholders to contribute to rapid development of sustainable energy in Africa.
A detailled summary of the forum, prepared by IISD, is available.
The Forum resulted in concrete outcomes endorsed by the high level segment of the conference:
Africa-EU Energy Stakeholder Forum Communiqué
The communique provides an overview of the main points of discussion and agreements of high-level participants at the Forum. Moreover the communiqué details the commitments made at the Forum and detail the agreed upon next-steps and action plan in order to reach the goals set forth during the conference.
Launch of the Mapping of Energy Initiatives in Africa Report
As an outcome of the AEEP-led consultative discussion series on the topic of coordination of energy initiatives in Africa, the AEEP has created a report both mapping and analyzing the energy and development sector in Africa. Conceptualised through a consultative approach at every step of development, the purpose of the report is to help stakeholders navigate the “jungle” of international initiatives and donors engaged in the sector. It is expected that the launch of the report will provide a critical first input to a Pan African coordination mechanism, being proposed by the African Union Commission and partners.
Release of the Intermediate Status Report 2016
At the AEEP’s High Level Meeting in 2010, policy makers from both continents agreed on targets on the topics of energy access, renewable energy, energy security and energy efficiency, to be reached by the year 2020. Since then, development of the energy sector and renewables in Africa has increased so significantly, that many estimate that many targets have been reached, and as such there is a need to realign the targets to reflect developments in the sector. The Intermediate Status Report provides a concise overview of the current status of achievement of the 2020 targets and allow for the kick-off of the target review process.
Stakeholder’s Call for Action
The Call for Action contains a portfolio of activities in the energy sector cooperation between Africa and the European Union (EU) showcasing current as well as future actions of various stakeholders (government, international organizations, private sector players and non-state actors) that will contribute to the achievement of the AEEP 2020 Targets.
Launch of New Initiatives
The forum provided an ideal framework for announcements to key stakeholders in the sector.
The AEEP and RES4MED exchanged letters to jointly agree on collaboration on RES4MED’s newly launched initiative entitled RES4Africa. Both parties agreed to collaborate on activities related to renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors in line with the AEEP’s 2020 political targets and the RES4MED mission and strategy.
To find out more about the RES4Africa, visit their homepage at www.res4africa.org.