ECOWAS-GFSE-GEF-UNIDO High Level Energy Forum, 29 to 31 October 2012, Accra, Ghana
The Accra International Conference Centre (AICC)
The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), the Global Forum for Sustainable Energy (GSFE), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Government of Ghana jointly organizing an ECOWAS-GFSE-UNIDO High Level Energy Forum on “Paving the Way for Sustainable Energy for All in West Africa through Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency” from the 29–31 October 2012, in Accra, Ghana.
Over 300 Participants including ECOWAS ministers and other key stakeholders from West Africa’s energy sector and the international community, convened at the forum, to establish a regional framework for the attainment of the three critical targets set by the UN under its Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL) by 2030. The SE4ALL seeks to reinforce commitments from Member States to take concrete actions towards ensuring universal access to energy services; doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix and doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency.
On the 31th Wednesday of October, which marks the end of the forum, participants convened at a ministerial session, chaired by Mr. Oluniyi Robbin-Coker, Minister of Energy and Water, Sierra Leone. Resolutions on renewable energy and energy efficiency were discussed and adopted, focusing on the ECOWAS Policy on Renewable Energy; ECOWAS Policy on Energy Efficiency; the ECOWAS Small Hydro Power Program; and the ECOWAS Bio-energy Strategy Framework. The afternoon session includes a high-level panel discussion on achieving the SE4ALL in West Africa.
REIAoN has been invited to listen to the event mentioned above, but also meet with associations from all over the continent in a specific workshop orgenized by ARE (Alliance for Rural Electrification) taking place on Wednesday the 30th of Oct. 2012 at Novotel in Accra. This workshop has been very successful event to help strengthen the needs and capacity building of RE associations in Africa as well as to establish a network to share information more efficiently across the continent.
Workshop participants became then involved in the first ever “Off-Grid” conference taking place in Africa, a follow-up event from the 1st to 2nd of November 2012 in Accra, Ghana.