Joining Forces to Accelerate Electrification in Africa: A joint GSEP-APUA Dialogue

 

When: May 11, 2022

Where: Virtual

  • Share experiences on how to accelerate much-needed electrification
  • Build bridges between African utilities and GSEP member companies 

When: May 11, 2022

Where: Virtual

Electrification is a key factor to catalyze economic and social development on the African continent. All actors of the value chain must work together to accelerate electrification and unlock its benefits for all. What role do utilities play in increasing access to electricity? What are the main enablers to ensure clean technology development and implementation benefits all communities? How can collaboration between different stakeholders (utilities, technology developers, governments, end-users, etc.) lead to advancing low-carbon energy access?

A virtual Electrification Dialogue - gathering members from the GSEP and the Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA) - was held to share experiences on how to accelerate much-needed electrification and identify technologies and policy enablers to face the challenges involved. The Dialogue was a small, invitation-only event aimed at bringing together experts engaged in electrification. 

 

AGENDA

9:00 – 9:05   Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Vincent-Michel Duval, Executive Director, GSEP
  • Papa Mademba Biteye, President, APUA
9:05 – 9:55   Discussion 1 – THE ROLE OF UTILITIES IN ACHIEVING A NET-ZERO WORLD

INTRODUCTION AND MODERATOR:

  • Andrea Gattini, Head of Business Development - Africa and Middle East, Enel

Utilities are essential players to achieve a clean energy economy. Collaboration between utilities, industry leaders and decision makers is essential to unlock the environmental, economic and social benefits of clean electrification for our communities. How can utilities support their clients and customers in their transition towards a net-zero future?

09:55 – 10:45   Discussion 2 – CATALYZING CLEAN ENERGY INNOVATION IN AFRICA

INTRODUCTION AND MODERATOR:

  • Abel Didier Tella, Director General, Assocication of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA)

With its rich energy resources and rapidly growing population, Africa has the potential to develop clean energy at large scale as it seeks to pursue sustainable economic and social development. What are the enablers and hurdles to achieve a clean and cost-effective energy supply in Africa, to accelerate the construction of electricity infrastructure in Africa and to promote the industrialization, urbanization and regional integration of Africa?

10:45 – 10:50   Closing remarks

  • Khalil Lagtari, Cooperation and Partnerships Director, ONEE

Participating members and partners

  • ONEE
  • Enel
  • State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC)
  • China Huaneng Group (CHNG)
  • American Electric Power (AEP)
  • EDF
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