14 November, 2023 Press release

EU Green Power Transformation Forum to spearhead dialogue on adopting renewable energy solutions in Eswatini

Ezulwini, 14 November 2023 – The European Union (EU) Delegation to the Kingdom of Eswatini, the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), GET.invest and GET.transform are thrilled to invite clean energy stakeholders to the EU Green Power Transformation Forum on 20-21 November 2023 in Eswatini. The event is co-hosted by Business Eswatini (BE) and the Renewable Energy Association of Eswatini (REAESWA).

Building upon the success of last year’s edition, this two-day event will delve into the essential role that both public and private sector actors play in advancing the energy transition in Eswatini. Key topics to be explored include recent developments in the field, project investment, skills development, and innovative solutions. In addition to these discussions, the forum will equally highlight the considerable progress achieved in the Renewable Energy sector in Eswatini, with support from the European Union.

The Forum represents a unique opportunity to engage in renewable energy technologies and solutions in Eswatini through a constructive dialogue. Serving as a platform for fostering business partnerships, knowledge exchange, and ultimately mobilising investments in renewable energy projects within the Kingdom of Eswatini, the event will also provide an excellent opportunity to advance the Renewable Energy sector further in the country.

Eva-Maria Engdahl, Head of Cooperation at the EU Delegation to the Kingdom of Eswatini, stated that “The EU is sure that clean, green, sustainable, reliable, resilient and stable energy sources are fundamental for a sustainable and inclusive economic growth and creation of jobs, besides reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change and global warming. The EU has already put forward a series of actions for a fair green transition and will continue to put people at the centre of its policy efforts. This Forum is part of the common effort we need to achieve a green transition that works for all, including in our partner countries like Eswatini.”

“The Forum is a great moment to take stock of the strides Eswatini has made in its energy transformation. Working with the private and public sectors, GET.invest and GET.transform are proud to be part of this journey. The energy industry and sector’s progress with regards to finance readiness or grid code updates are vital for greater energy security and we look forward to the further impact this year’s event will help to unlock.” said Ferdinand Nell, Country Coordinator for GET.invest and GET.transform Eswatini.

ARE CEO David Lecoque emphasised the importance of this Forum, stating, “The EU Green Power Transformation Forum will be a critical milestone in advancing sustainable development in Eswatini, and showcasing the potential of public and private cooperation to drive the energy transition. Eswatini holds great promise, and this event is a continued catalyst for realising that potential.

For more information, registration, and details about the EU Green Power Transformation Forum 2023, please visit the event website (eueswatinipower.org).