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Mobilizing Investment and Innovation for Sustainable Energy in Africa

by Tullah Stephen

The United Nations Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) together with EnergyNet will be convening a joint high-level roundtable on 6 December 2016, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The event will bring together participants from the two sustainable energy events which are running back to back in Dar es Salaam during a week dedicated to sustainable energy. Roundtable participants will discuss practical ways for African countries to achieve the three universal goals on sustainable energy. With a particular focus on building durable partnerships and financing initiatives, contributors will draw on their experience working in the field of sustainable energy, sharing success stories but also highlighting challenges and lessons learnt in mobilizing investment and innovation.

Prior to the roundtable, UN-OHRLLS will host the 2 day meeting Regional Meeting on Sustainable Energy for Least Developed Countries, 5-6th December, which will bring together key stakeholders in the African energy sector, highlighting ways to put energy finance in motion for least developed countries and deliver life changing benefits to vulnerable communities. Sessions will offer practical, workable solutions in areas including access to finance for energy initiatives, energy investment and business plans, benefitting from global energy initiatives, project preparation skills to attract investment and partnerships for sustainable energy.

The Africa Energy Forum: Off the Grid Summit, taking place 6-8th December will focus on project opportunities for mini- and off-grid technology providers working in Africa’s energy space. The Summit will bring together ministries of energy, rural electrification agencies, philanthropic business foundations, banks, regulatory bodies, multilateral organisations and off-grid businesses to discuss topical issues concerning rolling-out off-grid projects across Africa.

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