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AEEP Forum 2023: Building Bridges for Green Growth 

Join the AEEP at the Africa Climate Summit in Nairobi on 4-6 September 2023!

Africa-Europe energy relations are more important than ever, not only to boost economic development in Africa, but also to ensure energy security in Europe and jointly fight climate change. To take stock of the successful bi-continental collaboration to date and further align on shared priorities and a vision for the future, the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) is hosting the third annual AEEP Forum under the theme: Building Bridges for Green Growth – Africa-EU partnership for climate compatible energy access.  

The AEEP Forum will be hosted as a side event at the Africa Climate Summit, at the KICC, in Nairobi, Kenya, on 4 September, at 16:30-17:30 EAT. To participate in person, register at the official Africa Climate Summit website. There is also an opportunity to follow the event via a live stream online by signing up here: AEEP Forum 2023. 

For the past 15 years the two neighboring continents have worked together to secure affordable and reliable energy for all Africans. Guided by Africa’s Agenda 2063 and the African Common Position on Energy Access and Just Transition, Africa is paving the way for a comprehensive approach to charting Africa’s short, medium, and long-term energy development pathways. The EU’s Global Gateway Investment Package, and the Africa-EU Green Energy Initiative, support these efforts through initiatives that aim to increase electricity production, access to electricity and a conducive regulatory environment for private investments.

The Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) actively supports the implementation of these joint actions for a green energy transition. The successful bi-continental collaboration is already contributing towards the implementation of ongoing initiatives such as the Continental Power System Master Plan (CMP) and creation of the Africa Single Electricity Market (AfSEM) – important building blocks for climate compatible energy systems. 

More ambitious commitments and interventions are, however, needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the 2030 while at the same time fighting climate change. The AEEP Forum will convene high-level representatives from Africa and Europe to discuss a vision for the partnership in the years to come, how to scale up renewable energy and find finance options that can achieve both access to sustainable energy for all (SDG7) and climate action (SDG13) in a true partnership of equals with mutual benefits. 

AGENDA AEEP Forum @ Africa Climate Summit

Time EATMinAgenda 4 September 2023


  • Moderator Edith Kimani, News and current affairs, East Africa correspondent, Deutsche Welle

OPENING REMARKS: The progress Africa, supported by the EU, has made towards climate compatible energy access and the vision for future AU-EU cooperation. 

  • Dr Kamugisha Kazaura, Director Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission (AUC)
  • Ms Carla Montesi, Director Green Deal and Digital Agenda, European Commission (EC)

VIDEO: Africa and Europe – Intensifying Cooperation to Accelerate Africa’s Green Transition



    • Dr Bärbel Kofler, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany 
    • Ms Elizabeth Press, Director of Planning and Programme Support, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)  
    • Ms Nardos Bekele-Thomas, CEO, AUDA NEPAD

OPENING THE DISCUSSION: Questions and interventions from audience



  • Moderator Edith Kimani, News and current affairs, East Africa correspondent, Deutsche Welle
  • Johan van den Berg, Head of Secretariat, Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP)


  • Dr Bärbel Kofler

    Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Dr Kamugisha Kazaura

    Director Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission (AUC)
  • Edith Kimani

    News and current affairs, East Africa correspondent, Deutsche Welle
  • Carla Montesi

    Director, Directorate General for Development and Cooperation, European Commission (EC)
  • H.E. Nardos Bekele-Thomas

  • Ali Mohamed

    special Climate Change Envoy of the President of Kenya


    The AEEP Forum enables participants to engage on key questions on the future of energy in Africa and will bring in the varied voices needed for translating this into action. Register today to join the half-day event!


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