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EABF 2017: Investing in Sustainable Energy and Infrastructure

EABF 2017: Investing in Sustainable Energy and Infrastructure

State 

completed

Date 

27 November, 2017

Country 

Ivory Coast

Region 

West Africa

Summary

The 6th EU-Africa Business Forum (EABF) concluded a series of business-related events held across Africa and Europe in preparation of the 5th AU-EU Summit in late November. In the sidelines of the EABF’s Sustainable Energy track, the Africa-EU Energy Partnership presented 10 years of successful cooperation on energy development in Africa.

Since 2007, the Africa-EU Energy Partnership has grown into one of the most active partnerships under the Joint Africa-EU Strategy. For 2020, it has set Political Targets: providing 100 million Africans with access to modern and sustainable energy services; doubling the capacity of cross border interconnections; improving energy efficiency in all sectors and increasing renewable energy capacity. Just a few days before the 5th AU-EU Summit, the Partnership made use of the occasion of the EABF to reflect on the 2020 Targets with the launch of the most recent Status Report. The session also looked at one of the AEEP’s most successful exercises: the ongoing mapping of energy initiatives and programmes in Africa.

The EABF’s Sustainable Energy track featured high-level speakers from politics, private sector and civil society, including H.E. Dr. Abou-Zeid, African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, and Stefano Manservisi, Director-General at the European Commission’s DG for International Cooperation and Development. Besides the celebration of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership’s successes, the audience engaged in discussions on ‘How to Enable and Leverage Investments in Sustainable Energy in Africa’ and ‘Unlocking Investment for Regional Infrastructure to Accelarate Job Creation’ under the auspices of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA)’.

More information about the Sustainable Energy track is available in the programme and speaker profiles on the right side of this page. We also encourage you to visit the official website of the EABF. The Forum  led up to the 5th AU-EU Summit in Abidjan, Cote D´Ivoire from 29 to 30 November 2017, uniting Heads of State and Government to look back on a decade of EU-Africa relations, focusing on investing in youth in 2017 (link to the Summit's Final Declaration) .