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AEEP: 10 Years of Successful Cooperation

Thursday, October 26, 2017

AEEP: 10 Years of Successful Cooperation

From the 2007 AU-EU Lisbon Summit to its ten-year anniversary in 2017, the Africa-EU Energy Partnership has grown into one of the most active partnerships under the Joint Africa-EU Strategy.
Africa-EU Energy Partnership AEEP 10 Years

In the past ten years, the AEEP has ensured commitment at the highest political level: its High Level Meetings in Vienna in 2010 and in Addis Ababa in 2014 – each brought together more than 300 participants – are milestones of the African-European political dialogue on energy.

As an agenda-setter, the AEEP has helped highlight the role of sustainable energy in Africa actively engaging at key forums such as the COPs, G7 and G20 summits. The last ten years have seen energy climb to the top of the political agenda, with initiatives such as the AREI growing out of the UNFCCC climate processes, SEforALL, and the adoption of SDG7. Since 2007, the AEEP has given a boost to such joint initiatives and to a common agenda. The AEEP Communiqué endorsed at the G7 Energy Ministerial Meeting in Rome 2017 can certainly be counted as one of the most recent highlights.

Besides helping international debates and joint initiatives flourish, the Partnership has also acknowledged the importance of coordinating and aligning efforts. Some AEEP efforts on the way to making the most efficient use of resources for Africa’s energy transition were: two Stakeholder Forums uniting more than 300 international energy advocates in Cape Town in 2012 and in Milan in 2016; the recent exercise of mapping energy initiatives and programmes in Africa.

Ten years of successful cooperation also include working towards harmonisation at the regional level, strengthening of the private sector, monitoring the achievements of the AEEP 2020 Targets, and involving non-state actors in the Africa-EU energy dialogue, such as civil society, academia and youth.

Against the background of the AU-EU Summit and the COP23, the Partnership finds itself in an exciting time to display achievements, and kick-off its next phase. On 27 November 2017, its guiding contributors and stakeholders looked at ten years of successful cooperation during the Sustainable Energy track of the EU-Africa Business Forum.

It is with a renewed momentum that we look forward to the next ten years of the AEEP, supporting an African energy sector transformation with sustainable energy access for all.

For more videos, visit the AEEP YouTube channel.