November 12 - 17, 2021
About the Event
The Africa Energy Forum (aef), now in its 23rd year, is known for bringing together Ministers of Energy, Heads of Utilities, and Heads of Regulatory authorities from across Africa in productive discussions with DFIs, project developers, financial investors and solutions providers to accelerate energy development on the continent.
In 2019 over 35 countries were represented at Ministerial and Head of Utility level from across Africa.
What's Different in 2021?
By hosting aef 2021 in November in London it will align with COP26 being held in the UK. A number of stakeholders will be attending COP26 and this will make it easier for stakeholders to travel to one country for both events.
The event is welcoming Dr Kevin Kariuki, Vice President for Power, Energy, Climate & Green Growth at the African Development Bank Group as the Chairperson of aef 2021. Dr. Kariuki will be leading the opening session on 15 November with his delegation, sharing the current African vision and setting the scene for the forum.
The agenda will run under the theme 'Reunited. in One Place'. Instead of the usual panel sessions, this year the agenda streams will focus on interactive boardrooms where stakeholders can come together in a collaborative environment and leave with productive outcomes through enhanced networking.
Around 1,000 attendees will join the event at the London Marriott in Grosvenor Square London. It will have a number of private meeting rooms available to sponsors, and exclusive access to two on-site Gordon Ramsay restaurants.
Some of the crucial topics to be covered will include:
- What does Africa want and need when it comes to energy transition?
- What are the politics of not financing gas - does it even make sense?
- Is the current IPP model sustainable?
- Partnerships to help utilities become more efficient
- Building capacity building on the grid for new projects
- Developing battery storage technologies on the continent
- Connecting on-grid, off-grid and mini grid solutions for a coherent energy strategy
- Building the business framework to produce hydrogen at scale
The agenda will also host a stream for project presentations, under the theme 'From announcement to implementation'. Here, Ministers of Energy and Heads of Utilities will share insights in to plans to implement projects which have been announced and partnerships they are seeking.
Registration for the event is available here.
Further Information regarding the event is available on the Forum website.