IRENA establishes that Africa has a renewable energy potential of over 300 GW. Yet two‐third of the 1.4 billion persons without access to electricity are Africans. For Africa to realize a clean, secure energy future, the energy mix must mobilise the untapped and considerable renewable energy sources. The Africa Renewable Energy Initiative responds to this opportunity and is supported by donors and complementary “corridors”. In addition, due to important cost reductions in recent years, the business case for deploying grid and off‐grid renewable in rural areas has never been stronger. Further tapping into this vast potential, requires collective efforts to create an enabling environment that supports the scale‐up of initiatives for access to clean and affordable energy through public and private sector participation. Enabling policies can also create a more secure environment to encourage investment.
Moderator: Kandeh Yumkella, former Representative of the UN Secretary‐General, and Chief Executive, Sustainable Energy for all Initiative Opening Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, France or Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, France
Session I: Launching the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative Keynote speeches Khaled Fahmy, Minister of Environment, Egypt, Chair of AMCEN Elham Ibrahim, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, AU Commission ‐ Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development bank* ‐ Andrew Herscowitz, Coordinator, President Barack Obama’s Power Africa Initiative* ‐ Gerd Müller, Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany* ‐ Grant Shapps, Minister of State for International Development, UK ‐ Minister, China* ‐ Other donors (TBD)
Signature of declaration of intent in support of the Africa Initiative ‐ Germany, and other supports of the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative
Session II: Signature Ceremonies Commissioner Mimica and other donors will sign on stage joint declarations for Sustainable Energy for All in Africa with African partners. ‐ Neven Mimica, European Commissioner in charge of International Cooperation and Development – Nigeria; with France, Germany, Italy, UK and Spain – Benin; with France – Senegal; with France and Germany – Cameroon; with France – Kenya, with France, Italy the Netherlands and the US – Madagascar, with France and Germany – Indian Ocean Commission
Session III: Africa in motion: regional approaches African Clean Energy Corridors progress since 2014 Climate Summit and plans for future. – Jabulile Mashwama, Minister for Natural Resources and Energy, Swaziland – Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, President, ECOWAS Commission, West Africa CEC – Carlos Lopez, Secretary General, Economic Commission for Africa
Session IV: The importance of access to clean energy Operational launch of Electrification Finance Initiative (ElectriFI) and private sector response to Africa and other countries’s call for improving access to sustainable energy. Keynote speech: Neven Mimica, European Commissioner in charge of International Cooperation and Development – Radha Muthiah, CEO, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves – Mahmood Malik, CEO, IDCOL, Bangladesh – Harry Verhaar, CEO, GOGLA