European Union External Action

EU-Africa Business Forum 2021 on green energy transition: almost 2,000 participants registered

Brussels, 16/04/2021 - 14:44, UNIQUE ID: 210416_15
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The 2021 EU-Africa Business Forum, as a key platform of our renewed EU-Africa relationship, is taking place online on 16, 20 and 21 April. It will feature high-level speakers and assemble over 2,000 registered participants, from regional bodies, public administrations, trade associations and energy businesses. Together they will focus on a top priority for governments and businesses in both Africa and Europe – the transition to green energy and clean energy access. The Forum will combine high-level public-private dialogue with concrete business opportunities, matching demand for project financing with supply from both public and private sources. It will comprise two events co-hosted with the African Union Commission and the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU. On 16 April, Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans will represent the European Commission at the High-Level Green Talk on Accelerating the EU-Africa Partnership for Green Energy Transition in Africa. On 20 and 21 April, the Forum will host a virtual marketplace for African and EU green energy project promoters and 34 public and private partner organisations. Company representatives will be able to exchange ideas, explore partnerships and seek funding for green energy projects in Africa. The EU-Africa Business Forum events will close the recent series of Green Talks organised by the Portuguese EU Council Presidency, in the run-up to a High-Level EU-Africa Green Investment Forum on 23 April, at which Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships will deliver a speech in the first panel. The key outcomes and recommendations of these events will feed into the political discussions ahead of the next EU-AU Summit. To register for the Green Talk on 16 April, click here. To register for the digital marketplace on 20-21 April, click here.