Sustainable energy

Schmidt opens second ministerial meeting of Africa-EU Energy Partnership in Addis Ababa

Christian Schmidt, Parliamentary State Secretary

13.02.2014 |

Addis Ababa – Today, Christian Schmidt, Parliamentary State Secretary at the BMZ, will open a high-level meeting on energy in the Ethiopian capital. He will be co-chairing the meeting together with Ethiopia's Energy Minister Alemayehu Tegenu and Dr Elham Ibrahim, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy of the African Union Commission.

The Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) is holding its second High-Level Meeting. The overarching objective of the AEEP is to improve access to reliable, secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy services for people in Africa, thus contributing to achieving the Millennium De­vel­op­ment Goals.

Taking stock of the fist achievements of the partnership, Schmidt said: "I am happy that at our first High-Level Meeting on energy in Vienna three and a half years ago, Europe and Africa managed to agree on common goals for 2020. This has created a momentum that directly impacts people's lives through improved economic opportunities and enhanced living standards. These first achievements are visible and we are working on letting more people share the benefits delivered through the work of the Energy Partnership. In the long term, it must be possible to give all people in Africa access to energy that is produced sustainably from renewable sources."

In order to achieve this objective, the AEEP is promoting political dialogue on strategic and operational matters between the two continents. It is working to involve the private sector, civil society and academia both in Africa and in Europe in its activities and has launched new targeted programmes, such as the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Co­op­er­a­tion Programme (RECP).

Participants of the second High-Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership include 19 ministers and many other high-ranking decision-makers from Africa, the EU and in­ter­national organisations. The AEEP will present a status report highlighting its first achievements and adopt a declaration with core messages for the Africa-EU summit to be held in Brussels in April.

The Energy Partnership is supported by the BMZ and complements Germany's strong bilateral de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion involvement in the energy sector in Africa. The BMZ's total portfolio for sus­tain­able energy in Africa currently amounts to roughly one billion euros.

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