3Business leaders and energy sector stakeholders from across the continent are gearing up for an event dubbed the Africa Renewable Energy Forum (ARF) that will be held from November 30th, 2017 to December 1st, 2017 in Casablanca, Morocco.
The affair, which is aimed at boosting investment in renewable energy across the continent, recently received an endorsement from Morocco’s Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Sustainable Development.
Morocco’s Energy Minister, Aziz Rabbah said in a statement that the country will have invested $40 billion to develop its energy sector. He added that the nation’s government has embarked on an ambitious plan to derive 50% of its energy needs from renewable sources within the next 13 years.
The first Africa Renewable Energy Forum took place in the Moroccan City of Marrakesh in November 2016 and was the official side event of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP22). ARF 2016 was held with the support of the Ministry of Energy of Morocco and will be returning to the North African country later this year.
At the time, the forum welcomed 11 Ministers of Energy and heads of utilities to present investment opportunities to some of the world’s biggest investors.
More than 300 high-level participants attended the event, including power developers, financial investors, government representatives, and innovative technology providers.
ARF officials say the 2017 edition of the forum is set to draw an even bigger delegation of government officials and investors.
This year’s forum will see Energy Ministers from across the continent lay out their plans for renewable energy development while African utilities will present live projects looking for investment opportunities.
The forum is expected to feature discussions on new innovative and game-changing technology and how is it meeting demand.
The event comes at a time when countries across the continent are ramping up their efforts to shift further away from non-renewable sources of power such as diesel. East Africa, for instance, is deepening its investments in renewable sources of such as geothermal and wind energy.
This year’s edition of the forum will feature key guest speakers including Obaid Amrane Member of the Management Board at MASEN, a firm that provides clean energy solutions; Zimbabwe’s Deputy Minister of Energy and Power Development, Senator Tsitsi Muzenda and Gambian Minister of Energy and Water Maliki Alhousseini, among others.