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CEMA - The Conference of Energy Ministers of Africa Support

CEMA - The Conference of Energy Ministers of Africa Support




1 November, 2010 to 5 November, 2010




East Africa


The African Union has set up the African Energy Commission (AFREC) to lead the continental political and technical discussions on key issues concerning the energy sector. However, until recently there were problems of allocating sufficient resources and providing AFREC with a clear mandate to organize African regional debates on energy topics.

An initiative by a number of African countries filled the gap, by organising a platform for discussing the political issues concerning energy, which they saw as important. This was the Forum of Energy Ministers in Africa (FEMA), and it held Africa-wide meetings, hosted by the governments of Uganda, Mozambique and then Egypt. At the request of the host governments, EUEI PDF made modest financial contributions to the organisation of these meetings, and provided technical assistance on important topics (rural electrification, climate and energy). For the longest time, FEMA was an informal arrangement, and not part of the formal political architecture of the African Union. Therefore, EUEI PDF decided to provide technical assistance via an African consultant to help reach a resolution. In the end, FEMA’s functions were merged into a new organisation established by the African Union Commission (AUC): The Conference of Energy Ministers of Africa (CEMA), which is to meet every two years, coordinated by the AUC and the African Development Bank. EUEI PDF then also agreed to co-fund the first CEMA event, the 1st All Africa Energy Week in Maputo, Mozambique, in November 2010.



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