Africa’s energy: What’s the new deal?

The Africa Progress Panel will be participating at the Africa Development Banks’(AfDB) Annual Meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, from 23 – 27 May.

High level side event

The APP, collaborated with the AfDB, The Elders, and the B Team, to host a high level side event on Wednesday 25 May from 16:30 to 18:30 (GMT + 2). The side event, entitled Africa’s Energy: What’s the New Deal? brought together heads of state, business leaders and government officials to discuss how Africa can achieve universal access to power by 2025.

Mr. Kofi Annan, Chair of the APP and “Champion” of the New Deal, provided the opening remarks along with Dr Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank.

The side event was moderated by Ms Bronwyn Nielsen, Editor-in-Chief, CNBC Africa.

 Agenda – 25 May, 16:30 – 18:30 (GMT +2)

16:30 – 16:40 Opening Session

Short opening remarks to frame the session

  • Mr. Kofi Annan, Chair, Africa Progress Panel
  • Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank Group
16:40 – 17:10 High-level Panel

  • H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President, Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • H.E. Horst Koehler, Former President of Germany
  • H.E. Dora Siliya, Minister, Energy and Water Development, Zambia
  • H.E. Nick Hurd, Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for International Development,United Kingdom
  • Dr. Carlos Lopes, UN Under Secretary General and Executive Secretary, UNECA
  • Mr. Jay Ireland, President and CEO, General Electric Africa
17:10 – 17:40 Short Remarks

  • Ms. Rachel Kyte, CEO, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All).
  • Mr. Siyanga Malumo CEO, Copperbelt Energy Cooperation,
  • Mr. Stephen Doig, Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Ms. Jasandra Nyker, CEO Bio Therm Energy
  • Mr. Mateus Magala, CEO, Mozambique Utility
  • Mr. Mamadou Toure, CEO, Ubuntu Capital
  • Dr. Frannie Leautier, Senior Vice President, African Development Bank
17:40 – 18:20 Open Mic
18:20 – 18:30 Closing Remarks

  • Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank Group

New Policy Brief

To coincide with the Annual Meetings, the APP has published a new Policy Brief entitled Opportunity Africa: Powering the Future Now (PDF, 2 MB). This brief demonstrates how Africa can unlock the potential of an energy transformation and become a pioneering global low-carbon market.

Sections of this policy brief have been extracted from the APP’s 2015 report, Power, People, Planet: Seizing Africa’s Energy and Climate Opportunities (PDF, 2.4MB).


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