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Second High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership

Second High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership

State 

completed

Date 

11 February, 2014 to 13 February, 2014

Country 

Ethiopia

Region 

East Africa

Summary

The Second High-Level Meeting (HLM) of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) took place from 11-13 February 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the theme “Taking the Next Step: Africa and the EU are tackling energy challenges together.” The meeting was jointly hosted by the Ethiopian Government, the Governments of Austria, Germany and Mauritius, and the African and European Co-Chairs of the AEEP: the African Union Commission (AUC) and the European Commission. Organization of the meeting was under the responsibility of the EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF), which serves as the AEEP Secretariat.

The meeting was attended by over 450 African and European political and business leaders, high-level experts and heads of international energy institutions, as well as members of civil society, the private sector and the research community, who gathered to review progress in implementing the AEEP 2020 Targets and discuss how to shape future Africa-EU relations in the energy sector.

The Second AEEP HLM was organized in three broad segments. On the first day, delegates participated in pre-meeting side events organized by diverse stakeholders to discuss experiences, tools and approaches for enhancing energy access in Africa. The HLM officially opened on the second day, during which delegates convened in an “Expert Day” to showcase the achievements of African and European partners in the context of the AEEP 2020 Targets. During the high-level Ministerial segment that took place on the third day, energy ministers reviewed the AEEP’s achievements since the first HLM and explored how to improve cooperation between the policy and business sectors in order to attract and substantially accelerate private investments to meet the AEEP 2020 Targets. An exhibition showcasing technological innovations by diverse energy stakeholders also took place in parallel to the HLM.

During the closing session of the Ministerial Segment participants approved the “Addis Ababa Communiqué,” which defines the Partnership’s priorities and vision for African-European collaboration on energy affairs. The Communiqué contains nine recommendations for accelerating access to sustainable energy on both continents and achieving the AEEP Targets, as well as four key messages to be forwarded to African and EU Heads of State and Government at the EU-Africa Summit in April 2014.

For more information, please visit http://www.aeep-conference.orgSummary and pictures are provided by IISD Reporting Services.

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