Daily Web Coverage/
Summary Report

IISD Reporting Services (IISD RS) has produced daily web coverage and a summary report from this meeting. To download our reports, kindly click the HTML or PDF icons below.
Summary Report   Summary
 
htm
pdf
16 February   HTML version PDF format
Loading...

Second High-Level Meeting (HLM) of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) - “Taking the Next Step: Africa and the EU are tackling energy challenges together”

11-13 February 2014 | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Daily Web Coverage (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)
Summary highlights for the Meeting
.
The second High-Level Meeting (HLM) of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP), ended on Thursday, 13 February 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

More than 450 African and European political and business leaders, high-level experts and heads of international energy institutions, and members of civil society, private sector and the research community attended the 3 day meeting, which was under the theme “Taking the Next Step: Africa and the EU are tackling energy challenges together.”

During interactive plenary sessions as well as parallel thematic discussions over the three days, which were organized in pre-meeting side events, an “Expert Day” and a Ministerial Segment, delegates reviewed progress in implementing the AEEP 2020 Targets and discussed how to shape future Africa-EU relations in the energy sector. The meeting was jointly hosted by the Ethiopian government and the African and European Co-Chairs of the AEEP: the African Union Commission (AUC) and European Commission, and the governments of Austria, Germany and Mauritius.

At the closing session of the Ministerial Segment on Thursday, 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.

Download the IISD RS summary report of the meeting in HTML or PDF format.
African and European Ministers and heads of international institutions on the final day of the conference
Sign up for ENB Sign up for Energy-L Sustainable Energy Policy & Practice

Highlights from Thursday, 13 February 2014
The Ministerial Segment of the Second High-Level Meeting (HLM) of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) convened in plenary discussions throughout Thursday. During the opening session in the morning, delegates heard welcome statements from Alemayehu Tegenu, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Ethiopia; Elham Ibrahim, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, AUC; Andris Pielbags, EU Commissioner for Development (by video message); Christian Schmidt, Deputy Minister, Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany; and Andreas Melan, Ambassador of Austria to Ethiopia. The session closed with inspirational messages from Kandeh Yumkella, UN Special Representative on SE4ALL, and Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson, AUC.

Participants then convened in two plenary discussions bringing together African and European Ministers and heads of partner international institutions to assess the achievements of Africa-EU cooperation in the energy sector and consider concrete actions to take action, mobilize commitment and coordinate efforts towards the AEEP and SE4ALL targets. This was followed by a business and policy leaders roundtable which discussed ways to improve public-private collaboration to attract and substantially accelerate private investments to meet the AEEP 2020 Targets.

During a final plenary session in the afternoon, participants considered draft text of the AEEP-HLM outcome document, the Addis Ababa Communiqué, which contains nine recommendations for accelerating access to sustainable energy on both continents and achieving the AEEP Targets. The Communiqué also contains four key messages to be forwarded to African and EU Heads of State and Government at the EU-Africa Summit in April 2014. Participants then viewed a short video prepared by young environmental journalists attending the meeting with their impressions of the discussions.

The ministerial segment concluded with final remarks by Minister Alemayehu Tegenu, and Director-General Klaus Rudischhauser, DG Development and Cooperation, European Commission.

*Download the IISD RS summary report of the Meeting in HTML or PDF format.
*Visit the web coverage for Thursday, 13 February 2014.


Panel (L-R): Kandeh Yumkella, UN Special Representative, Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4ALL); H.E. Andreas Melan, Ambassador of Austria to Ethiopia; H.E. Elham Ibrahim, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, AUC; H.E. Alemayehu Tegenu, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Ethiopia; H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson, AUC; H.E. Christian Schmidt; Deputy Minister, Feneral Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany; and Moderator Tumi Makgabo, South Africa

Commissioner Elham Ibrahim, AUC
Deputy Chairperson Erastus Mwencha, AUC
Minister Alemayehu Tegenu, Ethiopia

Christian Schmidt; Deputy Minister Germany
Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for Development Corporation, European Commission (video message)
Amb. Andreas Melan, Austria

Kandeh Yumkella, SE4ALL
Moderator Tumi Makgabo, South Africa

Participants considered the draft Addis Ababa Communiqué
AEEP Co-Chairs Aboubakari Baba Moussa, AUC; and Franz Marré, Germany

Highlights from Wednesday, 12 February 2014
The official opening session of the Second High-Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) took place on Wednesday morning, with welcome speeches by: Aboubakari Baba Moussa, Director of Infrastructure and Energy Department, AUC, for the AEEP African Co-Chair; Franz Marré, Head of Division, Water, Energy, Urban Development, Geosciences Sector, Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany, on behalf of the European Co-Chair, Germany; Ambassador Gary Quince, Head of Delegation of the European Union to the African Union; and H.E. Elham Ibrahim, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, AUC.

Participants then convened in a plenary session titled “The Road from 2010 to 2014: Developments of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership.” The session reviewed the origins and history of the AEEP and highlighted key milestones in the partnership so far, including the convening of Stakeholder Consultations and implementation of the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP). The session concluded with a presentation and discussion of the AEEP Status Report on progress, achievements and future perspectives in achieving the AEEP 2020 Targets.

In the afternoon, participants met in plenary for a thematic panel discussion titled “Chicken and Egg?”: Enabling Environment and Energy Investment Projects.” Thereafter, participants convened in three parallel sessions addressing: energy access; energy security and regional integration; and financing renewable energy projects.

In the evening delegates attended a gala dinner organized by the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Ethiopia.

*Visit the web coverage for Wednesday, 12 February 2014.

Panel (L-R): Klaus Rudischauser, Deputy Director General, DG Development and Cooperation, European Commision; Franz Marré, Head of Division 313, Water, Energy, Urban Development, Geosciences Sector, Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany; Amb. Gary Quince, Head of Delegation of the EU to the AU; H.E. Elham Ibrahim, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, AUC; Wolfgang Moser, Head of Unit, Department for International Cooperation, Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, Austria; and Moderator Aboubakari Baba Moussa, Director, Infrastructure and Energy Department, AUC

Panel speakers for the session titled "Chicken and Egg?" - Enabling Environment and Energy Investment Projects (L-R): Jacob Waslander, Head, Climate Change and Energy Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands; Robert Pavel Oimeke, Energy Regulatory Commission, Kenya; Wichard von Harrach, Neo Energies; Albert Butare, Africa Energy Services Group; Klaus Rudischhauser, European Commission; and Moderator Mike Enskat, Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Jacob Waslander, the Netherlands
Robert Pavel Oimeke, Kenya
Mike Enskat, GIZ

Klaus Rudischhauser, European Commission
Wichard Von Harrach, Neo Energies
Albert Butare, Africa Energy Services Group




Highlights from Tuesday, 11 February 2014
Delegates at the Second High-Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) participated in side events and stakeholder consultations on Tuesday, 11 February. In the morning, a session co-organized by Practical Action, the Kumasi Institute of Technology Energy and Environment (KITE) and Hivos focused on accelerating inclusive energy access solutions and policy through partnerships with civil society. Participants discussed a draft civil society statement to be appended to the meeting declaration.

Two stakeholder workshops also took place in the morning to review progress in the implementation of the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP); and provide input for a draft mini-grid policy toolkit developed by EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI-PDF), Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) and the Alliance for Rural Electrification.

In the afternoon, participants met in two parallel sessions on: the role of data collection in energy investments, policymaking and access; and financial models and private-sector case studies on rural electrification.

*Visit the web coverage for Tuesday, 11 February 2014.

Panel speakers at the side event for accelerating inclusive access solutions and policy through partnerships with civil society (L-R): James Baanabe Isingoma, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda; Kevin Kinusu Kinyangi, Hivos East Africa; Moderator Grace Mukasa, Practical Action; David Ebong, Clean Energy Partnership Africa Ltd; and Sabina Anokye Mensah, Anomena Ventures

Panel speakers at the Mini-Grid Policy Toolkit Consultation Workshop (L-R) David Lecoque, Alliance for Rural Electrification; Rana Adib, REN21; and Michael Franz, EUEI-PDF




Funding for coverage of this meeting has been provided by the EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF)
EUEI PDF
Daily Web Coverage (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)
Related Links
Meeting resources

*Meeting resources

*Meeting programme

*Background documents

*Exhibition

*Website for the First AEEP HLM, 14-15 September 2010, Vienna, Austria


IISD RS resources

*IISD RS coverage of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Africa Clean Energy Corridor High-Level Meeting, Fourth session of the IRENA Assembly, World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2014, and IRENA Renewable Energy Jobs Conference, 17-22 January 2014, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

*IISD RS summary report of the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) 2013 - “One year after Rio+20: the energy future we want”, 28-30 May 2013, Vienna, Austria (HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary report of the Fifth meeting of pilot countries participating in the Scaling up Renewable Energy Program in Low Income Countries (SREP), 28-30 May 2013, Bandos Island, Maldives (HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of the High Level Meeting on Energy and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, 9 April 2013, Oslo, Norway

*IISD RS coverage of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) - Global Forum for Sustainable Energy (GFSE) - Global Environment Facility (GEF) - UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) High Level Energy Forum, 29-31 October 2012, Accra, Ghana

*IISD RS summary report of the First AEEP Stakeholder Forum, 9-10 May 2012, Cape Town, South Africa (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of the High-Level Conference of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) - “Achieving Sustainable Energy for All” (SE4ALL) and SIDS Rio+20 Meeting, 7-9 May 2012, Bridgetown, Barbados

*IISD RS coverage of WFES 2012, 16-19 January 2012, Abu Dhabi, UAE

*IISD RS coverage of the High-Level Africa Consultative Forum on Renewable Energy, 8-9 July 2011, Abu Dhabi, UAE

*IISD RS briefing note of the Ministerial Meeting on Energy and Green Industry, 21-22 June 2011, Vienna, Austria (HTML - PDF) and Vienna Energy Forum 2011, 21-23 June 2011, Vienna, Austria (HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of WFES 2011, 17-20 January 2011, Abu Dhabi, UAE

*IISD RS summary report of the First AEEP HLM, 14-15 September 2010, Vienna, Austria (HTML - PDF)

*ENERGY-L - A mailing list for news on energy policy

*Sustainable Energy Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Sustainable Energy Activities

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
View HTML version Questions about the content of this page? E-mail the Digital Editor
| Back to IISD RS "Linkages" | Visit IISDnet | Send e-mail to IISD RS |
© 2014
, IISD. All rights reserved.