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Reunited. In One Place | Highlights from aef 2021

Reunited. In One Place | Highlights from aef 2021 image
Our 2021 gathering marked the 23rd anniversary of the Africa Energy Forum, celebrated this year in London, where we were joined by the aef community once again. 
Day one saw AEF attendees warmly welcomed by a series of thought leaders, from NGOs and private institutions to government delegates, with opening remarks coming from:
  • Simon Gosling, Managing Director of EnergyNet
  • John Lewis, Managing Director, Africa, Aggreko
  • Holger Rothenbusch, Managing Director & Head of Infra & Climate Group, CDC Group
  • Penny Mordaunt MP, The Minister of State for Trade Policy for the UK Government
The spotlight was shone on those financing commitments made at COP26, these set to be pivotal in supporting African economies' recovery from the coronavirus pandemic while also posing as an energy transition launchpad for the continent - a springboard from which to tackle the climate crisis and its impacts on the region.
This was followed by AEF’s opening panel: Energy Transition Pathways to a Just Transition for Africa. Here, members of the AfDB, CDC Group, Power Africa and The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet considered the importance of collective action in ensuring that finances are used in the most effective way possible - balancing priorities around energy poverty, climate change and technological innovation.

Day two kicked off with a recap on COP26, where discussions centred around the need to move critical finance more effectively so that Africa's clean energy ambitions can be powered at speed.
The challenges and opportunities of both gas and hydrogen as enablers of energy transition on the continent were common themes of the day, with investors and government representatives aligning on the need for greater public-private cooperation to improve project viability.
Country spotlight sessions also took centre stage, with ministers, delegates and key figureheads from Ghana, South Africa, Egypt, Namibia, Nigeria, Kenya and other nations discussing topical issues including regulatory innovations and the seasonal, intermittent and reliability challenges associated with renewable power.

Day 3, our last aef day, shone a spotlight on some of the great work being conducted by key players across Africa, kicking off with live project presentations that featured the African Legal Support Facility, Power Africa, The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet, and AfDB.
The morning also saw a landmark co-development agreement signed between IFC and Globeleq on the Greenshare 100MW Solar PV Power Plant in Democratic Republic of Congo live at AEF.
Meanwhile, further discussions considered the suitability of the current IPP model, the financial health of African utilities, and key trends in regulatory performance.

Thank you to all Africa delegations that joined us, esteemed sponsors and partners, and all members of our community that attended. It was incredible to have everybody reunited again, all united by a common goal: Africa's energy and economy development.