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Sustainable energy in Africa

Uppdaterad: 17 april 2018

Date: Wednesday, 18 April, 2018
Time: 13:00-17:00
Venue: Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm

Is sustainable energy in Africa a market for you? Sida and Business Sweden invites to a seminar to inform the private sector about new opportunities.

Around 600 million people still lack access to electricity in Africa. At the same time Africa has the potential and the ability to utilize renewable resources to fuel the majority of its future growth with renewable energy. There is also a huge scope for improving energy efficiency.

New ideas and creative business people are needed to develop sustainable solutions in new areas, such as the agricultural value chain and the rapidly developing urbanization. Such solutions are economically competitive compared to other solutions whilst also unlocking economies of scale and offering substantial benefits in terms of equitable development, local value creation, energy security, and environmental sustainability.

This is a huge untapped market. The African market is however challenging, with hurdles such as access to finance, quality and warranty issues, logistics and regulatory barriers. In order to meet these challenges, Sida has developed different mechanisms to reduce the risk and enable more companies to enter these new markets.

Welcome to attend the seminar in Stockholm on 18 April, 2018 and find out more about these new opportunities.

Please register here no later than 12 April.


13.00 Introduction, Sida
Hans Magnusson, Head of Africa Department

Renewable Energy African Challenge Fund
Paul Greener, CEO and Pauline Mbayah, Director Strategy & Partnerships, AECF

Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) has a window dedicated to renewable energy: Renewable Energy and Adaptation to Climate Technologies (REACT). Starting 2018, new countries in focus will be Liberia, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Kenya.

REACT catalyses private sector to increase investment into the sector. AECF provides between US$ 100 000 and US$ 1.5 million in funding to businesses allocated in all the selected countries. The winning proposals are selected on the basis of their commercial viability, innovation and potential development impact on the rural poor.

To ensure the Fund does not crowd out other sources and that the risk is shared, investors are requested co-finance a minimum of 50 percent of the total cost.

14.30 Paus

15.00 UNIDO Department of Energy

Tareq Emtairah, Director for Department of Energy, UNIDO

Mr Emtairah will provide an overview about UNIDO and the possibilities for cooperation with the private sector.

Energy Efficient Lighting and Appliances in Africa

Karin Reiss, Department for Energy, UNIDO

SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE) and East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE), are supported to develop policy regulations, standards and testing laboratories for high quality, energy efficient lighting and appliances in the SADC and EAC regions (21 countries). UNIDO is the main partner managing these activities for the coming years. Experts will be required throughout the process. Moreover, funds will be made available to develop appropriate and broadly applicable energy service concepts, such as e.g. shared cost financing of public lighting and concepts for enabling the poorest to invest in equipment with low life cycle costs. This regional UNIDO managed project will also provide backstopping to numerous national energy efficiency initiatives, targeting the reach out of quality energy services and the establishment of energy service companies.

15.45 The Swedish Energy for Africa Initiative – Strengthening Swedish sustainable energy solutions
Ludvig Hermansson, Trade Commissioner, Business Sweden, Eastern Africa
Olive Muthoni, Senior Energy Advisor, Business Sweden, Nairobi

Demo Environment Programme 
Elina Uebel and Linda Backman, Project managers, Tillväxtverket

Demo Environment is a programme funded by Sida and implemented by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket). The aim is to develop partnerships, introduce new cleantech solutions and thereby help reducing poverty and promote sustainability.

DST East Africa
Magnus Andrae, Marketing Director SEIBU GIKEN DST AB  

DST East Africa is a subsidiary to the Swedish company Seibu Giken DST. DST will present how they have managed to estabilsh in East Africa. DST offers a complete line of desiccant dehumidifiers. With experience and know how in almost every humidity control application, DST supplies and services a wide range of industries and consumers. SEIBU GIKEN DST AB and DST East Africa build its business and product development around providing exceptionally well-engineered, environmentally responsible products of superior quality.

16.30 – 17.00 Open area meetings with REACT, UNIDO and Business Sweden for more detailed questions.


For questions related to the seminar, please contact

Cecilia Leideman Bäck, Business Sweden
+46 (0)70 883 74 11


Monica Gullberg, Energy Policy Expert, Power Africa
+46 (0)72 143 55 16

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