RES4Africa, with the support of Africa-EU Energy Partnership and other partners, organizes a regional conference, to enable a dialogue on the latest insights for the deployment of RE solutions in Eastern-African countries. The event is tailored towards building on the ongoing policy dialogue, and scaling existing networks for companies to connect and form partnerships. The conference will include partners from key African markets, and will gather relevant international and African stakeholders such as IFI’s, manufacturers, institutional actors, international organizations, academia, and civil society to enable a comprehensive discussion.
The regional event is intended to build on and scale the results of the RES4Africa program launch conference, “A step change in the deployment of Renewable Energy in Eastern Africa”, which took place on 26 – 27 October 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya. The latter conference attracted 72 speakers and over 340 attendees from the private and public sector, including over 200 participating regional companies, resulting in more than 60 B2B meetings. The event gained significant media attention by over 20 Kenyan journalists and was featured in over 40 media outlets.
RES-EXPO 2017 is designed as a regional conference and showcasing exhibition, including B2B matchmaking sessions organized by the EU-Africa Renewable Energy Cooperation Program (RECP). The conference will touch upon the key topics for renewable energy deployment such as policy and regulatory frameworks, financing solutions and business models, technological and technical issues, capacity building and socio-economic benefits to local economies. The exhibition allows for local, national and international RE solution providers to present their business and products. The B2B sessions will be an opportunity for these companies to connect and foster new business opportunities in the Eastern-African renewable energy market. RES4Africa supports the development of African start-ups with innovative solutions that contribute to local entrepreneurship and answer the region’s energy needs. A side-event for the award ceremony of “East-African Renewable Energy Innovation Competition 2017”, launched in April by Enel Global E- Solutions, is foreseen during RES-EXPO 2017.
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