renewAfrica to reinforce collaboration with African and European stakeholders in 2021

This year’s scope of work was approved during today’s Steering Committee meeting

19th January 2021 – The eighth Steering Committee of the renewAfrica Initiative was held today, during which the main stakeholders had the opportunity to recapitulate the progress made in the past months and outline the way forward. The meeting saw the exceptional participation of representatives of the European Commission and the European Investment Bank in order to explore additional areas of mutual interest and possible collaboration.

Building on the analyses it carried out and on the inputs and recommendations it received during the past few months, renewAfrica set a list of priorities and areas of action for 2021. In particular, this year the Initiative, through its four Task Forces, will consolidate its dialogue with European institutions on the one hand, and on the other it will strengthen the outreach activities to African partners in order to deepen its understanding of the demand side and to promote the use of renewable energy as a way to meet commitments of the Paris Agreement.

This Steering Committee meeting is the first held since the official presentation of the renewAfrica Initiative to Mr Frans Timmermans, the European Commission’s Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal. On that occasion, EVP Timmermans appreciated that renewAfrica is in line with the green ambitions of the European Commission and welcomed the work carried out so far as a positive contribution to the EU’s Comprehensive Strategy with Africa. In the following weeks, renewAfrica received support from representatives of DG CLIMA, DG DEVCO (now INTPA) and DG ENER, who underlined how renewAfrica is perfectly responding to the needs of both African and European stakeholders.

RES4Africa Foundation, which hosts renewAfrica’s secretariat, is also committed to bring the Initiative’s priorities to the attention of African and European stakeholders. RES4Africa is part of the Africa Europe Foundation, launched in December by Friends of Europe and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation with the mandate to facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue, catalyse partnerships and unlock new opportunities that can transform Africa-Europe relations into action. Here, within the Energy Strategy Group, RES4Africa will highlight how Africa’s need to widen access to energy and to drive a just energy transformation would benefit from a programme such as the one proposed by renewAfrica.

“2021 is the year in which we aim to bring renewAfrica to a new level” states Roberto Vigotti, Secretary General of the renewAfrica Initiative, “renewAfrica perfectly responds to the need to build back better and scale up the Africa-Europe collaboration. We are happy to see that the Initiative is more and more acknowledged as such, and that more and more stakeholders are constantly committed to it”.