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Second High Level Meeting
of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership

Taking the Next Step
“Africa and the EU are tackling energy challenges together”

11-13 February 2014
AUC headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


The Second High-Level Meeting (HLM) of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) took place from 11-13 February 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the theme “Taking the Next Step: Africa and the EU are tackling energy challenges together.” The meeting was jointly hosted by the Ethiopian Government, the Governments of Austria, Germany and Mauritius, and the African and European Co-Chairs of the AEEP: the African Union Commission (AUC) and the European Commission. Organization of the meeting was under the responsibility of the EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF), which serves as the AEEP Secretariat.

The meeting was attended by over 450 African and European political and business leaders, high-level experts and heads of international energy institutions, as well as members of civil society, the private sector and the research community, who gathered to review progress in implementing the AEEP 2020 Targets and discuss how to shape future Africa-EU relations in the energy sector.

The Second AEEP HLM was organized in three broad segments. On the first day, delegates participated in pre-meeting side events organized by diverse stakeholders to discuss experiences, tools and approaches for enhancing energy access in Africa. The HLM officially opened on the second day, during which delegates convened in an “Expert Day” to showcase the achievements of African and European partners in the context of the AEEP 2020 Targets. During the high-level Ministerial segment that took place on the third day, energy ministers reviewed the AEEP’s achievements since the first HLM and explored how to improve cooperation between the policy and business sectors in order to attract and substantially accelerate private investments to meet the AEEP 2020 Targets. An exhibition showcasing technological innovations by diverse energy stakeholders also took place in parallel to the HLM.

During the closing session of the Ministerial Segment participants approved the “Addis Ababa Communiqué,” which defines the Partnership’s priorities and vision for African-European collaboration on energy affairs. The Communiqué contains nine recommendations for accelerating access to sustainable energy on both continents and achieving the AEEP Targets, as well as four key messages to be forwarded to African and EU Heads of State and Government at the EU-Africa Summit in April 2014.

Conference Summary, English, PDF 1.1 MB

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The Second High Level Meeting (2nd HLM) of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) will be hosted jointly by the Ethiopian government and the African Union Commission (AUC). In accordance with the First High-level Meeting in Vienna in September 2010, the 2nd AEEP HLM envisages participation of African and European Ministers, AU and EU Commissioners, and more than 400 other high-level participants such as policy-makers, representatives from regional institutions, international organisations, the banking and finance industry, the private sector, academia, the civil society, as well as the media.

The main objectives of the 2nd AEEP HLM are to

  • Highlight the unique nature and success story of the Africa-EU Cooperation on energy, and;
  • Catalyse commitment and action towards meeting the future energy challenges facing the two continents.

12 Feb will be dedicated to showcasing the achievements of the African and European partners in the context of the 2020 Targets of the AEEP and host discussions on a number of topics crucial to the development of efficient and sustainable energy markets in Africa.

The high level segment on day two will be directed towards shaping a forward-looking vision for the AEEP and to delivering concrete results for the successful continuation of this strategic partnership between the African and the European Unions, such as:

  • The “Addis Ababa Declaration” defining the partnership’s priorities and vision for African-European collaboration on energy affairs;
  • A Message to the 4th Africa-EU Summit in April 2014, positioning the AEEP as a strategic EU-African channel for policy dialogue and catalyser for energy-related initiatives at a continental and global level;
  • The “AEEP 2020 Activity Portfolio”, presenting the actions and programmes from all African and European stakeholders towards the AEEP Targets.

In addition, there will be a “Business and Policy Leaders Round-Table” on 13 Feb that is set to foment a dynamic discussion between high profile European and African business personalities and senior policy makers in the energy sector.

The AEEP 2nd High Level Meeting will provide an opportunity to strengthen the visibility of African and European efforts directed at tackling – hand-in-hand – the continents’ energy challenges. It will create momentum for continued and enhanced cooperation under the established framework of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership.

Official invitations including more detailed information on the programme and logistics will follow soon.

Should you wish to early indicate your interest to attend the 2nd High-level Meeting of the AEEP or in case of any questions, please contact the AEEP Secretariat: secretariat[at]aeep-conference.org

High Level Participants

HE Christian Schmidt

Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany

High Level Participants

HE Andreas Melan

Austrian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Republic of Austria

High Level Participants

HE Alemayehu Tegenu

Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

High Level Participants

HE Ambassador Gary Quince

Head of Delegation of the European Union to the African Union Commission

High Level Participants

HE Etienne Dieudonné Ngoubou

Minister of Energy, Gabonese Republic

High Level Participants

HE Ali Mohammed Mherig

Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, State of Libya

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HE Emma Françoise Isumingabo

Minister for Energy and Water, Republic of Rwanda

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Adnan Amin

Director General, International Renewable Energy Agency

High Level Participants

Jacob Waslander

Head of Climate and Energy Division, The Netherlands

High Level Participants

Dr Kandeh K. Yumkella

UN Special Representative, Sustainable Energy for All, United Nations

High Level Participants

Klaus Rudischhauser

Deputy Director General, European Commission, DEVCO

High Level Participants

HE Alhaji Randolph Bayoh

Deputy Minister for Water Resources, Republic of Sierra Leone

High Level Participants

HE Elham Ibrahim

Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Africa Union Commission, AUC

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Tamsyn Barton

Director General, Directorate for Operations outside the European Union and Candidate Countries, European Investment Bank (EIB)

High Level Participants

HE Panagiotis G. Mihalos

Deputy Minister, International Economic Relations and Development Cooperation, Hellenic Republic

High Level Participants

HE John Jinapor

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Energy and Petroleum of Ghana

High Level Participants

HE Côme Manirakiza

Minister of Energy and Mines of Burundi

High Level Participants

HE Barthélémy Dahoga Kassa

Minister of Energy, Petroleum and Mining, Water and the Development of Renewable Energies, Republic of Benin

High Level Participants

HE Henri Ossebi

Minister of Energy, Republic of the Congo

  • Austrian Development Cooperation, Republic of Austria
  • Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Federal Republic of Germany
  • Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities, Republic of Mauritius
  • Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia