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4th IEF-OFID Symposium on Energy Poverty

2-3 May 2019

Cape Town, South Africa

The 4th IEF-OFID Symposium on Energy Poverty will take place on Thursday 2 - Friday 3 May 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa under the theme “Energy Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa: Options for Closing the Gap”. Supported by the government of South Africa, the Symposium will be held under the auspices of HE Jeff RADEBE MP, Minister of Energy of South Africa.

This 4th Symposium will gather representatives from governments, industry, multilateral and bilateral organisations, finance institutions, and aid agencies. Building up on the 3rd Tunis Symposium in 2017, participants will be invited to revisit challenges, share experiences and knowledge, to find new ways forward to accelerate progress in achieving universal access to modern energy services by 2030. Please find attached draft Symposium agenda.

This 4th Symposium is planned to be structured around several broad key sessions:

  • Opening Session: Leadership for Energy Poverty Alleviation
  • Session 1: Challenges and Opportunities in Electrification
  • Session 2: Ensuring Access to Clean Cooking Solutions and other Caloric Uses
  • Session 3: Key Indicators for Energy Poverty- the Role of Data Transparency
  • Session 4: Energy Access Financing and Policy Formulation
  • Session 5: Synergies and Collaborations

The Symposium will run concurrently with the Energy Data Transparency Workshop - African Region Countries that will take place at the same venue on 30 April - 01 May.  The Workshop will be organised by the IEF in partnership with its Joint Organisations Data Initiative (JODI) international partners organisations (APEC, EUROSTAT, IEA, GECF, OLADE, OPEC, & UNSD). With the objective to enhance energy data transparency in Africa, thus supporting better decisions in the alleviation of energy poverty. This event is mainly targeted to policymakers to raise awareness of all energy data compilation activities necessary for sound energy planning and to secure adequate resources to achieve overall energy data transparency for their better decision making. Attendees of the Energy Poverty Symposium are encouraged to also attend this Energy Data Transparency Workshop.

For further queries on this event please contact Yui Torikata at  yui.torikata@ief.org | tel +966535661102 or Jonathan Kearney at jonathan.kearney@ief.org | tel +966545883932.

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