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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) will be hosting its third annual ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Forum (ESEF) this month, which is co-organised by the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), the 130 Member, off-grid industry association.

With the support of ECREEE and its sister agencies West Africa Power Pool (WAPP) and the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Authority (ERERA), the region has already made tremendous strides toward putting in place the policy and regulatory framework for a viable sustainable energy market.

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As such, translating this enabling environment into concrete projects powering inclusive energy access and growth is one of the key objectives of ESEF2019.

Highlights from this year’s agenda include:

  • Achieving an enabling environment for scaling-up sustainable energy solutions in the West African region;
  • Capitalising on opportunities for both grid-connected and off-grid sectors;
  • Promoting technological innovations in sustainable energy;
  • Enhancing regional cooperation and trans-border power trade renewable sources;
  • Ways to enhance knowledge-sharing between regional partners and beyond the region;
  • Showcasing innovation through a dedicated exhibition for manufacturers, developers, financial institutions and other companies to showcase their products and services;
  • New this year: a B2B matchmaking session geared toward partnership building and fund mobilisation organised by GET.invest and ARE. 

Additionally, the forum has confirmed the participation of the following high-level delegates for ESEF 2019:

  • Mr. Mahama Kappiah, ECREEE Executive DirectorDr. Bachir Ismael Ouedraogo, Minister of Energy, Burkina Faso
  • Alhaji Kanja Sesay, Minister of Energy of Sierra Leone
  • Sambou Wague, Minister of Energy and Water, Mali
  • H.R.H Princess Abze Djigma, Special Envoy of the President of Burkina Faso for SDGs
  • Abdoul Fall, President of the Renewable Energy Private Sector Cooperation, Senegal

Directors in charge of energy in the 15 ECOWAS and high-level delegates from utilities from the 15 ECOWAS members states will participate in the discussions, as well as key partners such as USAID, World Bank, Islamic Development Bank, West African Development Bank, GIZ, UNIDO, IRENA and many more.

This years' forum is taking place from 22-24 October in Accra, Ghana.