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High-Level Africa Consultative Forum on Renewable Energy

8-9 July 2011 | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

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Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA
Sultan Al Jaber, President of the First Session of the Assembly of IRENA
Louis Seck, President Designate of IRENA’s 2nd Assembly

Farooq Abdullah, Minister of New & Renewable Energy, India
Bruno Itoua, Minister of Energy and Hydraulics, Republic of Congo
Habib Ouane, Minister of Energy and Water, Mali
Ogunlade Davidson, Minister of Energy and Water Resources, Sierra Leone
Mohamed Maalim Mohamud, Deputy Minister of Energy, Kenya
Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, Minister of Energy, South Africa
Adam Kighoma Ali Malima, Deputy Minister of Energy and Minerals, Tanzania
Eisa Bahari M. Hamid, Minister of Science & Technology, Sudan
Habib Ouane, Minister of Energy and Water, Mali
Iya Tidjani, Cameroon
Fouad Ahmed Ayeh, Minister of Energy and Water in Charged Natural Resources, Djibouti
Willem Isaacks, Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy, Namibia
Mamadou Tangara, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Gambia
Simon D’Ujanga, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda
Yvon Tchicot, Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, Gabon
Léopold Mboli Fatran, Minister of Energy and Hydraulic, Central African Republic
Thomas Mba Akabzaa, Ministry of Energy, Ghana
Badarou Moutairou Raoufou, Deputy Minister of Mines, Energy and Hydraulics, Benin
Abdallah Ibrahim, Madagascar
Abdirahan Sid Ahmed, Ministry of Petroleum & Energy, Somalia
Emmanuel Nonyarma, Ministry of Mines, Carriers and Energy, Burkina Faso
Emanuela Viera Lopes, Minister of Energy, Angola
Emmanuel Kirenga, Rwanda
Carlos Vila Nova, Minister of Public Building and Natural Resources, Sao Tome and Principe
Abdelkerim Dagaye, Chad
Philippe Morin, Ministry of Home Affairs, Environment, Transport and Energy, Seychelles

On Saturday, delegates to IRENA’s High-Level Africa Consultative Forum on Renewable Energy participated in three sessions on:
*Carrying forward Africa’s Priorities for Sustainable Energy in Partnership with IRENA
*Preparing the ground for accelerating renewable energy deployment in Africa
*Dialogue on opportunities for effective implementation of IRENA’s Work Programme for Africa

In the afternoon, participants adopted a Communiqué on Renewable Energy for Accelerating Africa’s Development.

Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA, thanked participants for their endorsement of IRENA and closed the Forum at 5:39pm.

A summary of the Forum will be online on this site on Tuesday, 12 July 2011.

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Carrying forward Africa’s Priorities for Sustainable Energy in Partnership with IRENA
Session Chair Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, Minister of Energy South Africa, said Africa cannot be a charity case forever. Frank Wouters, Masdar, called for an enabling policy framework focused on, among others: encouraging the development of sustainable individual businesses along the entire energy chain and the careful management of subsidies to avoid distorting markets. Christine Eibs Singer, CEO, E+Co, stressed the need for training clean energy entrepreneurs to put together viable, bankable, and investment-attractive business plans. Karsten Sach, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany, said his country’s commitment to renewable energy technologies was driven by the goal of securing energy access and creating value. Jason Schaffler, Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) highlighted knowledge-sharing initiatives to enhance the uptake of renewable energies in Africa. Sekou Touré, Global Environment Facility (GEF), presented on the experiences and relevance of the GEF in financing energy.
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The dais during the session.
Frank Wouters, Masdar
Photograph from Frank Wouters presentation showing the Gemasolar power plant in Seville, Spain, a joint venture between Masdar and Spanish engineering company, SENER.
Session Chair Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, Minister of Energy, South Africa
Christine Eibs Singer, E+Co
Karsten Sach, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany
Jason Schaffler, REEEP
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Sekou Touré, GEF
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Sekou Touré’s presentation
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Participants during the session.

Preparing the Ground for Accelarating Renewable Energy Deployment in Africa
The session was chaired by Ogunlade Davidson, Minister of Energy and Water Resources, Sierra Leone, who challenged African leaders to move away from a “lack-of” mentality and start to harness the continent’s considerable capacities.

Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, Minister of Energy, South Africa, called for an interface between the energy, trade and environment sectors, to reduce duplication of efforts and increase investment in green growth. Stephen Karekezi, AFREPREN, encouraged the simultaneous development of agroindustry and green energy projects. Serge Lepeltier, Ambassador for Climate Change, France, said the Paris-Nairobi Climate Initiative aims to provide a dynamic stimulus to meet the goal of providing universal access to energy in Africa by 2030. Gauri Singh, Director of Knowledge Management Innovation and Technology, IRENA, said that IRENA’s readiness mapping initiative is designed to support countries explore a set of alternative pathways in their transition to a clean energy future.

Deepak Gupta, Ministry of New and Renewable Energies, India, proposed the setting up of working groups to identify key action areas, and the development and monitoring of timelines to perform the identified actions. Youba Sokona, Coordinator, African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), underscored the importance of separating "energy needs", a development term, from "energy demand", an economic term.

Carmen Becerril, President of Acciona Energy, Spain, advocated feed-in tariffs and removal of bureaucratic barriers as the two key elements for successful deployment of renewables. Abubakar Umar, Director, Energy Commission of Nigeria, said that African countries need concerted and well-connected policies to attract and sustain local and international investments. Vincent Kitio, Chief, Urban Energy Section, UN HABITAT, called for a strong financial mechanism to bolster the uptake of renewable energy technologies.
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The dais during the session.
Serge Lepeltier, France, Ambassador for Climate Change, Paris-Nairobi Climate Initiative
Session Chair Ogunlade Davidson, Minister of Energy and Water Resources, Sierra Leone
Gauri Singh, Director, Knowledge Management & Technology Cooperation, IRENA
Carmen Becerril Martínez, President, Acciona Energía
Deepak Gupta, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, India
Stephen Karekezi’s presentation
Stephen Karekezi, African Energy Policy Research Network
Youba Sokona, UN Economic Commission for Africa, and Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III
Abubakar Umar, Energy Commission of Nigeria
Vincent Kitio, Chief, Urban Energy Section UN HABITAT

Dialogue on Opportunities for Effective Implementation of IRENA’s Work Programme for Africa
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The dais during the session.
Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA
Sultan Al Jaber, President of the First Session of the Assembly of IRENA
Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General, UN Industrial Development Organisation
Louis Seck, President Designate of IRENA’s Second Assembly
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Participants during the session.
Thomas Mba Akabzaa, Ministry of Energy, Ghana
Eisa Bahari M. Hamid, Minister of Science & Technology, Sudan
Habib Ouane, Minister of Energy and Water, Mali
Mohamed Maalim Mohamud, Deputy Minister of Energy, Kenya
Yvon Tchicot, Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, Gabon
Ibrahim Soumaila, Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE)
Adam Kighoma Ali Malima, Deputy Minister of Energy and Minerals, Tanzania
Simon D’Ujanga, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda

The IRENA High-Level Africa Consultative Forum on Renewable Energy opened on Friday, 8 July 2011. Participants discussed opportunities and challenges for renewable energy for Africa, strategic partnerships, and best practices and challenges in promoting renewable energy investment.

During the opening ceremony, Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA, highlighted that what Africa needs most is enabling policy frameworks on renewable energy that will attract private investment. Sultan Al Jaber (UAE), President of the 1st Session of the Assembly of IRENA, emphasized the interlinkages between energy, global security, climate change mitigation and poverty reduction.

Habib Ouane, Vice-Chair of the Conference of Energy Ministers of Africa (CEMA) and Minister of Energy and Water, Mali, highlighted Africa’s underinvestment in energy infrastructure. He identified renewable energy as key for ensuring Africa’s energy security. Farooq Abudullah, Minister of New and Renewable Energy, India, called on African countries to take advantage of specific programs offered in India geared towards study and training in renewable energy technologies. Rajendra Pachauri highlighted off-grid decentralized energy infrastructure investments as a potential win-win approach for accelerating energy access while contributing to climate change mitigation. Kandeh Yumkella, Chair of UN-Energy, and Director-General, UNIDO, said the key question is how Africa can ride the “green wave” and develop its economies.

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The dais during the opening session.
Farooq Abdullah, Minister of New & Renewable Energy, India
Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General, UN Industrial Development Organisation
Habib Ouane, Vice-Chair of the Conference of Energy Ministers of Africa, and Minister of Energy and Water, Mali
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Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
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Participants during the opening session.

Opportunities and Challenges in Renewable Energy for Africa: The Case for Action
During the session on opportunities and challenges in renewable energy for Africa, Dolf Gielen, Director, Innovation and Technology Center, IRENA, stressed that decisions to mainstream renewables must be based on longer-term planning. Habib Ouane, stressed that the transition to a clean energy future for Africa requires enhanced collaboration at the subregional and regional level. Atef Mohamed Ibrahim Marzouk, African Union Commission, highlighted a number of regional renewable energy initiatives. Odala Matupa, Southern African Development Commission (SADC), presented on the institutions and instruments dealing with energy issues in the region. Mahama Kappiah, Director, ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), said the objective of his organization is to create favorable conditions and enabling environments for renewable energies and energy efficiency markets in the ECOWAS region. Youba Sokona, UN Economic Commission for Africa, said the key question is to determine the relationship between energy access and poverty alleviation and how this translates into the African context. Meseret Teklemariam, UNEP, highlighted a UNEP-GEF partnership, under the green economy initiative, to promote geothermal energy in Eastern Africa.
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The dais during the session.
Dolf Gielen, Director, IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre
Dolf Gielen’s presentation on African Energy Trends and Strategies
Session Chair Bruno Itoua, Minister of Energy and Hydraulics, Republic of Congo
Atef Marzouk, African Union
Atef Marzouk’s presentation
Odala Matupa, Southern African Development Community
Youba Sokona, Economic Commission for Africa, and Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III
Meseret Teklemariam Zemedkun, UNEP
Mahama Kappiah, Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Strategic Partnerships for Renewable Energy in Africa
Session Chair Mohamed Maalim Mohamud, Assistant Minister for Energy, Kenya, called for policy dialogues bringing together all stakeholders to help accelerate the use of renewables on the ground. Rajendra Pachauri, IPCC Chair, called on Africa, through South-South cooperation, to come up with a strategic framework for renewable energy.

Li Junfeng, Energy Research Institute, China, highlighted China’s achievements in creating an enabling environment for commercialization of renewable energy technologies. Fred Moavenzaden summarized the role of the Masdar Institute for Science and Technology as human capacity development, research and development, and hands-on involvement to build linkages with relevant knowledge institutions around the world.

Zitouni Ould-Dada, Department of Energy & Climate Change, UK, informed participants that the Capital Markets Climate Initiative seeks to bridge the gap in private finance flows to the renewable energy sector.
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The dais during the session.
Fred Moavenzadeh, President, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
Session Chair Mohamed Maalim Mohamud, Deputy Minister of Energy, Kenya
Li Junfeng, Energy Research Institute, China
Zitouni Ould-Dada, Department of Energy & Climate Change, UK
Participants during the discussion.

Best Practices and Challenges in Promoting Renewable Energy Investment
Session Chair Louis Seck, President Designate of IRENA’s 2nd Assembly, said that lessons also need to be learnt from unsuccessful renewable energy projects. Stephen Karekezi, African Energy Policy Research Network (AFREPREN) spoke on bagasse cogeneration, underscoring the need to replicate successes through different agricultural sectors. Sergio Alcocer, Under-Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Technology, Mexico, noted the importance of government incentives to promote R&D, private sector financing of public works, and net-metering for residential areas.

Kirsty Hamilton, Chatham House, called on governments to engage financiers early on in the policy design phase to help them understand which issues need to be tackled at early stages of renewable energy development. Carlo Van Wageningen, Lake Turkana Wind Power Ltd in Northern Kenya, highlighted challenges faced by private sector investors in the renewables sector.

Christine Eibs Singer, founder, E+CO, said we do not need energy R&D to service the poor today, what is needed is innovation on how the poor can pay. Steve Sawyer, Global Wind Energy Council, noted that traditional boundaries between the transport, heating and cooling, and power generation sectors are being redrawn and, in future, these sectors will need to be treated more holistically.
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The dais during the session.
Kirsty Hamilton, Chatham House
Kirsty Hamilton’s presentation
Mamadou Tangara, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Gambia
Session Chair Louis Seck, President Designate of IRENA’s 2nd Assembly
Sergio Alcocer’s presentation
Stefen Karekezi, AFREPREN
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Sergio Alcocer’s presentation.
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Sergio Alcocer, Under-Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Technology, Mexico
Steve Sawyer, Global Wind Energy Council
Carlo Van Wageningen, Lake Turkana Wind Power Ltd in Northern Kenya
Christine Eibs Singer, E+Co

Around the Forum
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The Sheraton Hotel, venue of the Forum.
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L-R: M. Kinane Daouadji Djilali and Lakhdar Benmazouz, Algeria
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L-R: Emanuela Viera Lopes and Paula Catro, Angola
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L-R: Ameera Horriyat, Columbia University student, and Ali Abdulla Khunji, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development
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L-R: Tomé Soares da Vera Cruz and Carlos Vila Nova, São Tomé and Príncipe
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L-R: Ogunlade Davidson, Minister of Energy and Water Resources, Sierra Leone, and Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA, at the end of the Forum.
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L-R: Selma-Penna Utonih and Willem Isaacks, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Namibia
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L-R: Wangu Mwangi and Tallash Kantai, ENB writers
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Participants registering for the Forum.
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L-R: Ogunlade Davidson, Minister of Energy and Water Resources; Youba Sokona, Economic Commission for Africa, and Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III; Sekou Touré, Global Environment Facility; and Bruno Itoua, Minister of Energy and Hydraulics, Republic of Congo
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L-R: Christine Eibs Singer, E+Co, and Youba Sokona, Economic Commission for Africa, and Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III, sharing a laugh.
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L-R: Mark Halle, IISD, and Karsten Sach, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany
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L-R: Omar Shehadeh, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UAE, and Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA
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Ministers during a coffee break.

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The delegation of Djibouti
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L-R: A. S. Sambo, Energy Commission of Nigeria, and Hussein Elhag, African Energy Commission
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L-R: Miquel Muñoz, ENB Team Leader; Tallash Kantai, ENB Writer; Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA; Wangu Mwangi, ENB Writer; and Diego Noguera, ENB Digital Editor
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