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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

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Highlights for Thursday, 13 February 2014
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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 for taking action, mobilizing commitment and coordinating 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.

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African and European Ministers and heads of international institutions on the final day of the conference
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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


Panel (L-R): Fidel Marcos Mane Ncogo Eyang, Delegated Minister, Equatorial Guinea; Simon Trace, CEO, Practical Action; Omar Torbo Djerma, Secretary General, Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Chad; Christian Schmidt; Deputy Minister, Germany; Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA); and Moderator Tumi Makgabo, South Africa

Maria van der Hoeven, IEA
Christian Schmidt; Germany
Fidel Marcos Mane Ncogo Eyang, Equatorial Guinea

Omar Torbo Djerma, Chad
Simon Trace, Practical Action

Olivier Brochet, Deputy Ambassador of France to Ethiopia
Moussa Ombotimbe, Ministry of Energy and Water, Mali


Panel (L-R): Kandeh Yumkella, SE4ALL; Commissioner Elham Ibrahim, AUC; Klaus Rudischhauser, Deputy-Director General, DG Development and Cooperation, European Commission; Juraj Chmiel, Special Envoy for the External Dimension of the European Union, Czech Republic; Tamsyn Barton, Director-General for Operations Outside the European Union and Candidate Countries, European Investment Bank (EIB); and Moderator Tumi Makgabo, South Africa

Klaus Rudischhauser, European Commission
Juraj Chmiel, Czech Republic
Tamsyn Barton, EIB


Panel (L-R): Ernesto Macías, President, Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE); Helen Tarnoy, Founding and Managing Director, Aldwych International, United Kingdon; John Abdulai Jinapor, Deputy Minister for Energy and Petroleum, Ghana; Ompi Aphane, Deputy Director General for Policy, Planning and Clean Energy, Department of Energy, South Africa; Frank Wouters, Deputy Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA); and Moderator Tumi Makgabo, South Africa

Ompi Aphane, South Africa
John Abdulai Jinapor, Ghana
Frank Wouters, IRENA

Helen Tarnoy, United Kingdom
Ernesto Macías, ARE

Participants during the roundtable discussion


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


Images from the video produced by the young journalists

Young journalists make a presentation during the closing session

Closing remarks by Klaus Rudischhauser, European Commission;
Minister Alemayehu Tegenu, Ethiopia; and H.E. Elham Ibrahim, AUC
Fidel Marcos Mane Ncogo Eyang, Equatorial Guinea, gave a vote of
thanks and closed the session at 19:28 pm











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