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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Italy-Africa Ministerial Discusses Sustainable Energy Future

A two-day conference, titled ‘Italy-Africa: Working Together for a Sustainable Energy Future,' was hosted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The event engaged high-level officials from Italy, the EU and Sub-Saharan Africa to discuss, among other issues, off-grid renewables, renewable energy technologies, electricity infrastructure and natural-resource-based development. Held under the framework of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the event, which took place from 13-14 October in Rome, Italy, included a technical workshop, on 13 October, and the ministerial conference, on 14 October. The technical workshop, jointly organized with the Africa-EU Partnership (AEEP), which is co-presided by Italy, convened under the title ‘Dialogue Forum with the Private Sector in the Off-Grid Renewable Energy Market.' Participants discussed strategies and opportunities, including: reducing political and regulatory risk; reducing financial and economic risk; and strengthening cooperation between energy and agriculture.

The ministerial conference took place in parallel panel sessions on: competitive development of renewable energy technologies; electricity infrastructure as a factor for sustainable development and integration; natural-resource-based development, including the energy-development nexus; and urbanization, energy and education for sustainable development. The conference also featured a presentation of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) ‘Africa Energy Outlook' report, by IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birol.

Source: africasd.iisd.org

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