Africa Energy Indaba 2018

Date(s) - 20 Feb '18 - 21 Feb '18

Sandton Convention Centre


In preparation for the 10th edition of the Africa Energy Indaba, the Indaba Steering Committee, the World Energy Council, SANEA and the NEPAD Agency, have collaborated to develop the conference programme to discuss the strategic issues which keep Africa’s energy leaders awake at night.

What seemed unimaginable two decades ago has become reality: energy is again on the top of the political agenda in many countries and is becoming a priority for prime ministers, presidents and senior decision-makers. The World Energy Issues Monitor  produced by the World Energy Council, enables us to understand which issues are on the top of this agenda and to identify the stress points affecting the global energy transformation.

After significant research and deliberation, the following key issues have been identified to be of significance to Africa’s energy leaders.  The conference programme will discuss and engage on the following: 

Plenary session discussion topics:

  • Africa’s regional pathways: Resilience and regional integration.
  • In conversation with Energy Leaders: charting the way ahead for the continent’s energy sector.
  • The new age of digitalisation and the impact on the African energy sector.

Breakaway session discussion topics:

  • Innovative funding solutions to accelerate Africa’s energy sector growth & development.
  • Energy access & securing the future for Africa’s citizens.
  • “Beyond the light bulb.” Providing electricity in the form of light only, does not automatically increase. productivity. Electricity should be valued as a means to generate income and boost economic & social. development. Sometimes additional assistance is required: e.g. working capital, access to markets, local development projects, skills/capacity.
  • The role of off grid and mini grid in rural electrification.
  • Global trends driving innovation and the evolution of the energy sector towards a sustainable energy future: e.g. population growth and rising consumption, urbanisation, transportation, energy storage, market dynamics, trade, climate change and CO2 reduction, technology changes, policies and regulations.
  • The impact of energy uncertainties for Africa:  Commodity prices, electricity prices, talent and energy poverty.
  • Accelerating the development of Africa’s gas infrastructure and the deal flow linked to the gas economy.
  • Regional projects as a means for regional integration.  Challenges and opportunities.
  • The business opportunity linked to  renewable energy and energy efficiency.
  • Power systems development:  National and regional power systems and the new roles of electricity utilities and power pools.

Making sense of the energy transition is fundamental to the prosperity of nations and this report is one of the rare tools available to policymakers that illustrates the global, regional and national trends they need to understand to make informed decisions at a time of critical change.”

Christoph Frei, Secretary General, World Energy Council.

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