The European Business Council for Africa

Join the Africa-Europe Foundation (AEF) on Thursday 20 January 2022 from 17:00 to 18:30 CET and ahead of the 6th AU-EU Summit for a high-level debate focusing on the critical themes of climate and energy in the Africa-Europe partnership.

To facilitate an open and frank dialogue on key, often contentious, issues between our two continents, AEF is organising three high-level “Talking Africa-Europe” specials focusing on the priority issues of Climate and Energy (January 20), Migration and Mobility (January 27) and Vaccine Access and Equity (February 3).

This debate will build on the aftermath of COP 26, which have left unhappy both climate activists and made African partners keen to address the key challenge of insufficient access to energy on their own continent. By addressing the best ways to take care of ensuring energy transition for all, this debate aims to foster an honest and frank dialogue about the best pathways to energy transition for the two continents and its people, that ensures both access to energy for all and climate concern.

Speakers will include:

Frans Timmermans, European Commissioner Executive Vice-President for the Green Deal; Mary Robinson, Co-Honorary President of the Africa-Europe Foundation, Chair of the Elders and former Prime Minister of Ireland; Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll) and Co-Chair of UN-Energy; Laurence Tubiana, CEO of the European Climate Foundation (ECF); Benedict Okey Oramah, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African Export–Import Bank (Afreximbank); Tanja Gönner, Chair of the Management Board at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ); Wanjira Mathai, Vice President and Regional Director for Africa at the World Resources Institute (WRI); Kandeh Yumkella, Co-chair of the Africa-Europe Foundation Strategy Group on Energy, former CEO of Sustainable Energy for All and Director-General of UNIDO; Ambroise Fayolle, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank; and Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).


Please register here.