National Energy Forum:
The Struggle for Energy Independence and Full Energy Access by 2020
Date: Thursday, 13 November 2014
Venue: Hilton Hotel
Time: 08:00- 17:00
Keynote Speaker: Honorable Isak Katali, Minister of Mines and Energy
Featuring Panellist: Hon. Sara Kuugongelwa Amadhila, Minister of Finance
Namibia finds herself in a challenging spot. The country is dependent on its good neighbors for its energy supply but the neighbors are themselves in a crisis. The solution needed should have been delivered yesterday, yet gauging from bush telegraphs, things are at standstill. Against this background, the NCCI is organizing a National Energy Forum with the aim to connect policy, technology, consumers and finance communities to find some pathway to achieving three competing objectives for energy production – energy security, environmental sustainability and increasing social and economically affordable energy access. While it is fair to assume every stakeholder is already doing their part to drive the energy agenda, the question is “What exactly is the holdup and what more can we do to strengthen energy financing and investment?” Not only more of the same but also new and innovative actions are required.
The forum is intended to take stock of the progress in advancing the energy security agenda; Highlight innovative approaches to packaging and scaling up energy initiatives; and facilitate knowledge-sharing on energy financing among stakeholders. It is thus collaborative, innovative and action-oriented. Sustainability is key to this agenda and NCCI is decided to establish an Energy Policy Working Committee to follow up on this topic as part of its Competitiveness Agenda 2020. As a member you are welcome to be part of this Working Committee provided that you are able to contribute time and input into this task.
The forum aims to attract a diverse group of thought-provoking experts, including stakeholders from governments, project developers and service providers, energy regulators, academe, civil society, and development partners and other international organizations.
It is against the foregoing background that the NCCI invites members and related organizations to fully participate at this event. The Program will be circulated in due course. – Let us be on the move in Championing Agenda 2020.