The High Level Stakeholder Forum (held every 3 years) is one of the key strategic dialogue events organized by the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP). As a multi-stakeholder platform, the AEEP forum brings together high level policy makers, senior private sector, academia and civil society representatives for a cross-sectoral exchange and dialogue.
European Union’s Commissioner Neven Mimica has placed energy on top of the EC agenda, namely energy access, renewable energy and in particular private sector as cornerstones of EU engagement. The African Union Commission has energy as a main focus for economic development boost in the continent. Increased stakeholder engagement and private sector involvement are recognized as fundamental for the achievement of the SE4All and SDG targets for 2030.
Coming at a time of increased international attention on energy in Africa (including post-COP21 and announcement of SDG7), the main objectives of the second AEEP Stakeholder Forum are to: Sharpen the role and contributions of a wide range of stakeholders, enhance the engagement of non-state actors in sustainable energy sector development in Africa, and to provide a framework for dialogue at important gathering of African and European leaders and actors across key thematic areas for energy security and development.
The Forum is therefore a key milestone in delivering results post COP21, as well as an opportunity for the respective Commissions to feed into the meeting results of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy and the AU-EU College-to-College. This is the first stakeholder event with high level representation that seeks to forge new strategic linkages between the private sector, the scientific community and state acors, and thus further bolster energy relations between Europe and Africa.