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The First Stakeholder Forum of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP)

The First Stakeholder Forum of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP)

The First Stakeholder Forum of the AEEP

Date 

9 May, 2012 to 10 May, 2012

Country 

South Africa

Region 

Southern Africa

Summary

The First Stakeholder Forum of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) took place from 9-10 May 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa. The aim of the Forum was to achieve progress on the AEEP 2020 targets in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency, energy access, and energy security, with a focus on renewable energy. The Forum brought together over 250 representatives from government, civil society, research and the private sector, including financial institutions, to explore, among other issues, how to enhance synergies among different stakeholder groups and address barriers to increased investment and development assistance in the energy sector. The meeting also provided a platform for dialogue and exchange of ideas and experiences to facilitate implementation of “actions on the ground.”  

The focus of the Forum was decidedly on private sector, civil society and research. In the spirit of: “Three stakeholder groups, two continents, one joint responsibility.”

Government and the wider public sector were strongly represented and responded to suggestions and proposals. The meeting was hosted by the Department of Energy of South Africa in collaboration with the AEEP Co-Chairs: the African Union (AU) Commission; the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany; the Federal Ministry of European and International Affairs, Austria; and the Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities, Mauritius. Furthermore, the European Commission played a major role in support of the Co-Chairs. The Forum was organised with the support of the AEEP Secretariat (EUEI PDF).

For more information, please visit www.aeep-forum.org

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