Promoting Renewable Energy Technologies for Sustainable Development in Africa post COVID19

10 September 2020 |Webinar


The Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) hosted a joint webinar to gather insights from relevant technical experts on how technology innovation and digitalization in the power system can shape a socially inclusive energy transition towards the achievement of the sustainable development goals and the Agenda 2063.

The discussion brought together African and non-African technical institutions, international organisations, the private sector and civil society.

Expected outcomes of webinar were to:

  • Understand the key role of energy transition in Africa in the post-pandemic period towards sustainable development and improved resilience;
  • Discuss the crucial role of innovation and particularly digitalization of energy systems in energy transition; and
  • Identify strategic actions through renewables to stimulate energy transition and boost socio-economic development of the Continent in a sustainable and just manner.

The event took place on, and was structured as follows:

Opening Remarks

  • Mr. Gurbuz Gonul, Director Country Engagement and partnerships, IRENA
  • Ms. Safiatou Alzouma Nouhou, Director Independent Delivery Unit, AREI

Keynote Presentation

  • Mr. Francisco Boshell, Analyst RE Technology Standards and Markets, IRENA

Interventions from experts from African countries, regional organizations and development partners

  • Mr. Daniel Schroth, Acting Director for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency and Adviser to the Vice President Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth Complex - AfDB
  • Mr. Amine Idriss Adoum, Director of Programme Delivery and Regional Economic Integration, AUDA-NEPAD
  • Mr. Michael Kiza, Programme Management Expert, EACREEE
  • Mr. Jean Koutele, Economic Community for Central African States – ECCAS
  • Mr. Federico Bonaglia, Deputy Director of the OECD Development Centre
  • Mr. Bah Saho, Acting Executive Director, ECREEE
  • Mr. Stefano Signore, Head of Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Unit, EU-DEVCO
  • Dr. Maged K. Mahmoud, Acting Executive Director, RCREEE
  • Mr. Kudakuwashe Ndhlukula, Executive Director, SACREEE

Questions and comments from the audience.