Lusaka, 26 April 2016 - ElectriFI is an innovative mechanism viewing to unlock, accelerate and leverage investments providing access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy. ElectriFI became operational on 15 April and immediately afterwards the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Zambia & COMESA organised a Workshop for potential project developers.
The Workshop took place on Tuesday 26th April 2016 at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka, in the framework of the 2016 Zambia International Energy Conference, and in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Water Development of Zambia and Stanbic Bank. The Workshop attracted interest from over 180 participants.
The Workshop was opened by Brig. Gen. Emeldah Chola, Permanent Secretary of the Zambian Ministry of Energy and Water Development and H.E. Alessandro Mariani, Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Zambia & COMESA.
Representatives from the European Commission and the EDFI Management Co explained the set-up, objectives and concrete steps forward of ElectriFI in detail. This was followed by a presentation on the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) and a lively Q&A session.
The Ambassador of the European Union to Zambia and COMESA, Alessandro Mariani, said: “In view of Zambia’s potential to rapidly scale up clean energy access, I trust that the opportunity presented by ElectriFI will help realise this potential by encouraging project developers to participate in its present and future invitation for project proposals. It is my hope and belief that this innovative EU development instrument, together with a sustained effort by all stakeholders, will enable the people of Zambia to benefit from an increased access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy.”
This workshop was implemented with the support of the EU Technical Assistance Facility for the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (TAF-SE4ALL), East and Southern Africa.
This first EU contribution to ElectriFI will support investments that can improve the lives of more than six million people living principally in rural, underserved areas, promote rational use of energy for households, productive uses and social services.
ElectriFI became operational on 15 April and offers support to project developers who can download the project application form through www.electrifi.org. Completed application forms can be submitted through email@example.com.
The initiative was launched by the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Mr Neven Mimica, at the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and was also acknowledged by the G7 Leaders' Declaration.
The implementation of the initial € 75 million allocation to ElectriFI was entrusted to the European Development Finance Institutions led by FMO, the Dutch development bank.
For further information
More information on ElectriFI can be found on www.electrifi.org. Project developers can download the project application form via this website. This is the first round of Invitation to submit project proposals for ElectriFI and will be followed by another round in the last quarter of 2016.
More information on the EU development cooperation in sustainable energy.
Adam Grodzicki, European Union Delegation to Zambia – Head of Section, Infrastructure: