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News: Chemonics Joins Major Energy Stakeholders at Annual Africa Energy Forum

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At the 19th Annual Africa Energy Forum in Copenhagen, Denmark, our experts are teaming up with the top industry players to explore innovative solutions to growing Africa’s power sector.

As the energy sector continues to develop and advance throughout Africa, opportunities abound for growth, sustainability, and innovation. To explore these opportunities using a development lens, Chemonics joins key stakeholders from June 7 to 9 in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the annual Africa Energy Forum.

The Africa Energy Forum is the global investment meeting for Africa’s power, energy, infrastructure, and industrial sectors. Nineteen years running, the forum brings together senior representatives from governments, utilities, regulators, power developers, financial institutions, technology providers, and others to collectively drive the industry forward.

On June 7 at 4:15 p.m. (CEST), Chemonics’ Water, Energy, and Sustainable Cities practice hosts a panel discussion entitled “Accelerating Private Power Investment: Practical New Approaches.” The panel is moderated by Practice Director Michael Ashford and features experts from the private and public sectors, each with extensive experience and knowledge of financing energy projects.

  • Scott Mackin, co-president and managing partner, Denham Capital
  • Dimitri Papaefstratiou, partner, DLA Piper
  • Mark Tomlinson, senior energy advisor, Chemonics International, and former director of the Nigerian Infrastructure Advisory Facility
  • Ebenezer Baiden, general manager for regulatory and governmental affairs, Electricity Company of Ghana

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for electricity access will require some $800 billion in investment from now until 2030. Taking no action will thwart economic growth by 2 to 5 percent per annum. Reducing the risks of investment is therefore key to unlocking private capital flows, and the public sector plays a critical role in reducing those risks. The Chemonics-led panel event explores how private developers and lenders can better align their needs with the needs and constraints of their public counterparts in the power sector.

“Chemonics’ work delivering energy services spans more than 12 African countries, including South Africa, Liberia, Ghana, Ethiopia, Libya, and Egypt,” Mr. Ashford explained. “The Africa Energy Forum will serve to further position Chemonics as an important player in finding solutions to financing and delivering on energy access in Africa.”

To learn more about our panel topic at the Africa Energy Forum, see our related technical brief here.

Are you attending the 19th Annual Africa Energy Forum? If so, join us on Wednesday, June 7 at 4:15 p.m. CEST for our panel seminar and follow the event on our social media channels using #AEF17.