Lusaka, 1st February 2017 – The Sustainable Energy Southern Africa Forum organised by the Energy Access work stream of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership with the support of Practical Action, the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) and hosted by the Zambian Ministry of Energy and COMESA closed today amid a suite of positive outcomes that will support the SEforALL Action Agenda in Southern Africa.
In particular, the Forum, which attracted a total of more than 230 participants from the public and private sector, civil society as well as media, contributed to establishing multi-stakeholder partnerships, which help push towards the achievement of the three goals of SEforALL.
Ambassador Dr. Kipyego Cheluget, Acting Secretary General, COMESA: A multi-stakeholder approach is the key to creating effective policies and action agendas, and I ,therefore, applaud the Ministry of Energy in Zambia on harnessing this knowledge and input from stakeholders, and encourage other COMESA member states to do the same.
The Market Information Day on January 31, focused on business and market opportunities for the private sector and other practitioners, was opened by Adam Grodzicki from the EU Delegation to Zambia and COMESA. It also featured high-level interventions from Geoffrey Musonda, CEO, Rural Electrification Authority of Zambia and Dr. Mohamedain Seif Elnasr, CEO, RAERESA. The day moreover included pitches from investors as well as from project developers presenting case study success stories from Zambia and Southern Africa.
Ina De Visser, Project Manager, Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP): “Southern Africa and Zambia's energy markets are showing promising signs at this time of conjecture between increased political will, private sector interest and technological readiness. In particular, the off-grid sector is experiencing a significant increase in attention, as demonstrated by the passionate intervention delivered by Mr. Geoffrey Musonda, CEO of the Rural Electrification Authority of Zambia and the large interest in the Forum from a wide range of stakeholders, as well as the large portfolio of activities planned by the EU Delegation.”
The Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Sustainable Energy in Zambia on 1 February focused on the political way forward to achieve the SEforALL goals. The day was opened by Eng. Chinjenge Lloyd, representing Mr. Oscar S. Kalumiana, Director, Department of Energy at Ministry of Energy and Water Development, Zambia, Ambassador Dr. Kipyego Cheluget, Acting Secretary General, COMESA, Mr. Crispen Zana on behalf of the Department of Energy and Infrastructure, African Union Commission, and also featured a key note speech on “The Zambian electrification strategy: context, potential and initiatives for off-grid renewables”by Eng. Arnold Simwaba representing Brig. Gen. Emeldah Chola, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Water Development Zambia.
Moreover, the event featured insights on the status of the SEforALL process in Zambia, roundtable café discussions on different energy access topics, power pitches and panel discussions on key donor programmes stimulating clean rural electrification as well as perspectives on the energy sector from other sectors and sharing of regional experiences for decentralised energy.
Finally, to highlight the large potential for renewable energy in Southern Africa, the Forum concluded with suggestions on the way forward as well as closing remarks from Ambassador Filippo Scammacca del Murgo e dell’Agnone, Italian Ambassador to Zambia.
David Otieno, Head of Secretariat, Africa-EU Energy Partnership: We are delighted to have united over 200 representatives from governments, private sector, academia and civil society attending this event with the common goal to further decentralised renewable energy in Zambia and Southern Africa. With the strong commitments and united efforts from all sides, we remain optimistic that multi-stakeholder partnerships will help achieve the three SEforALL goals in Zambia and Southern Africa to achieve universal access to clean energy.
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The Energy Access work stream of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) email@example.com
About the Energy Access work stream
The Energy Access work stream under the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) was initiated in April 2016 and is mandated to: close the gaps between public, private, NGO and the academic sector; promote business and technology solutions to effectively tackle energy access; raise public interest for clean energy access as a topic; where necessary, contribute to the SE4All and SDG 7 processes on energy access. The work stream is part of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP), a long-term framework for strategic dialogue between Africa and the European Union (EU) aimed at sharing knowledge, setting political priorities and developing joint programmes on the key energy issues and challenges in the 21st century. The overall objective of the AEEP is to improve access to secure, affordable and sustainable energy for both continents, with a special focus on increasing investment in energy infrastructure in Africa.