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16 April - 17 April - 18 April

 
International Conference on Renewable Energies in Africa - Making renewable energy markets work for Africa: policies, industries and finance for scaling up

16-18 April 2008 | Dakar, Senegal
 
President of Senegal Abdoulaye Wade arrives at le Meridien President Hotel for the Conference.
Highlights for Wednesday, 16 April 2008

The International Conference on Renewable Energies in Africa opened on Wednesday, 16 April, at Le Meridien President Hotel, Dakar, Senegal. During the Opening Ceremony, participants heard keynote speeches from: Samuel Amete Sarr, Minister of Energy, Senegal; Regina Ecker, German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ); Bernard Zoba, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union; and Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Abdoulaye Wade, President of Senegal, then addressed participants, stressing the need for a concrete definition of poverty and outlining action in Senegal, particularly with regards to renewable energy.

In the afternoon, participants attended an plenary session. They heard speeches on scaling up renewable energy development, making renewable energy markets work, the implications of global renewable energy developments for Africa and financing for renewable energy. Ngagne Dieye, Director of Renewable Energies, on behalf of Christian Diatta, Minister of Biofuels, Renewable Energy and Scientific Research, Senegal, presented “best practices” for the support of renewable energies in Senegal.

Following the plenary session, participants broke into two consecutive sets of parallel sessions. The first set of three parallel sessions addressed the theme “policy and regulatory frameworks for scaling up renewable energies,” and covered: policies and regulatory issues for grid-connected renewable energy; policies and regulatory issues for stand-alone renewable energy systems, especially rural electrification; and bioenergy in Africa. The second set of three parallel sessions addressed the theme “investment and financing for scaling up renewable energy in Africa.” The session on making carbon finance work for Africa was held in the early evening, while the other two sessions under this theme were postponed until Thursday.

Opening Ceremony
Waiting to welcome the president.
Samuel Sarr, Minister of Energy, Senegal, noted the impact of rising oil prices on African country economies and stressed the importance of alternative energy sources.
Abdoulaye Wade, President of Senegal, outlined the potential of solar and other renewable energy sources in Africa, urged breaking the connection between energy and pollution, and called for global solidarity and financial resources.
Kandeh Yumkella, UNIDO Director-General, highlighted Africa’s potential to contribute to Europe’s renewable energy targets for 2020.
Cheikh Soumaré, Prime Minister of Senegal.

Christian Diatta, Minister of Biofuels, Renewable Energy and Scientific Research of Senegal.

Regina Ecker, GTZ, underscored Germany’s support for renewable energy development in Africa.

Bernard Zoba, African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, emphasized Africa’s “enormous” renewable energy potential.

L-R: Pradeep Monga, UNIDO; Regina Ecker, GTZ; Vijay Modi, Columbia University; and Mike Enskat, GTZ.
Afternoon Session
Ogunlade Davidson, University of Sierra Leone.
L-R: Faith Odongo, Kenya; and Maina Karaba, InterGovernmental Authority on Development.
Around the conference
L-R: Alois Mhhanga; and Pradeep Monga, both from UNIDO.
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