Panafrican News Agency

Cote d'Ivoire: AfDB organizes workshop on "lighting up, powering Africa"

Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) will host and co-organize the Energy Week, a series of events that will highlight high-level discussions and partnerships on "lighting up and powering Africa, and unlocking the continent's huge energy potential".

According to the AfDB media outlet, the Energy Week will run from Monday, 27-31 March, 2017, in Abidjan.

It said events taking place during the Energy Week include a high-level workshop on energy access in West Africa, an Off-Grid Revolution expert consultation workshop and a SEforALL Africa workshop.

It said that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), together with Smart Villages Initiative and the European Union Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF), will host the "High-level workshop on energy access in West Africa" from 27-28 March.

The workshop will serve as part of a wider capacity-building engagement on clean energy mini-grids (CEMGs) in the ECOWAS region and will provide relevant insights to the challenges facing countries in West Africa with regards to CEMGs.

In addition, a core component of the workshop is an opportunity to reflect on, and consequently to refine, the conclusions and recommendations from the Smart Villages West Africa engagement programme.

The objective is to communicate the experiences, views, and recommendations of front-line individuals and organisations to policymakers in West Africa on how off-grid energy access can be achieved so as to catalyse productive enterprises and the provision of essential services such as healthcare and education in rural villages.

On the Off-Grid Revolution Expert Consultation Workshop, the bank said its Group's strategy for the New Deal on Energy for Africa, approved by the Board last year, takes a holistic view of the sector's needs encompassing on-grid generation, transmission and distribution and distributed solutions, and sets an aspirational target of universal access by 2025.

To achieve the ambition of the New Deal, AfDB is developing a programmatic approach to accelerate investments in the off-grid sector where commercially-minded businesses are emerging, driven by innovations in digital finance and rapidly decreasing technology costs.

The Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth Complex (PEVP) is convening a one-day workshop in Abidjan, to share expertise and support the development of a roadmap for enabling the Off-Grid Revolution. The workshop also aims to agree on basic partnership arrangements across different stakeholder groups.

Participants will include leading and emerging businesses, country-representatives, civil society, Industry bodies, local financial institutions, key development partners, technology providers and impact investors.

The SEforALL Africa Hub, hosted by the African Development Bank in partnership with the African Union Commission, the NEPAD Agency, UNDP, and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat (representing the Regional Economic Communities) and in collaboration with the SEforALL Global Facilitation Team organises the 4th Annual SEforALL Africa Workshop from March 29-30, 2017.

The workshop will review the state of the advancement of SEforALL country action in Africa, discuss how to accelerate the implementation and financing of the priorities identified in the SEforALL Action Agendas and Investment Prospectus under development in many African countries.

The meeting will also explore how to ensure a maximum degree of synergies with other key initiatives on the continent, including the Africa Renewable Energy initiative (AREI) and the New Deal on Energy for Africa. The event will bring together African institutions, SEforALL focal points, development partners active in Africa, private sector and civil society representatives.

The Power, Energy, Climate change and Green Growth Sector Complex (PEVP), was created to fulfill the objectives of "Light Up and Power Africa"- principally achieving universal access to electricity by 2025.

The Complex will accomplish this by building Africa's energy systems while ensuring green growth. The entire development ecosystem for operational effectiveness, scale, socio- economic, and environmental impact will be taken into account. The New Deal on Energy for Africa, together with the inter-connected flagship programs is a top initiative of PEVP.
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