Lusaka, 25 January 2017 - The Energy Access work stream of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership with the support of Practical Action, the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) and the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP), is delighted to welcome over 200 participants to the Sustainable Energy Southern Africa Forum of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership from 31 January 2017 - 2 February 2017 in Lusaka, Zambia.
Key players in the region such as the EU Delegation to Zambia and COMESA, the Rural Electrification Authority of Zambia, COMESA, the Zambian Ministry of Energy and Water, USAID, Power for All, ElectriFI and more will attend the event. With 1.1 billion people without access to electricity and an additional 1 billion people lacking access to advanced energy services worldwide, the Forum provides a timely opportunity for stakeholders to discuss progress on Zambia's SEforAll Action Agenda and Investment Prospectus and to identify specific opportunities for strengthening multi-stakeholder partnerships to achieve the three goals of SE4All.
Furthermore, the Market Information Day on 31 January will inform about business and market opportunities for decentralised renewables in Zambia and Southern Africa and will feature pitching sessions for financial instruments and examples of successful projects, after which an Energy Access Café will allow for business networking in small groups.
The Multi-stakeholder Forum on Sustainable Energy in Zambia on 1 February will focus on the Zambian national context, but will bring in expertise and share experiences from across the Southern African region. This will help to promote peer-to-peer learning, and information sharing on the most promising ideas and initiatives. From a business perspective, participants will learn about business opportunities and the framework for renewable energy and rural electrification in Zambia.
To cap off the forum, a field visit to an off-grid project site will be offered to the delegates on 2 February.
The Energy Access work stream of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP)
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.