Africa Energy Forum Considers Renewable Energy and Biofuels Development in Africa

2 July 2010: The Africa Energy Forum, which took place from 28 June-1 July 2010, in Basel, Switzerland, examined the interlinkages among environmental concerns, development goals and power supply in Africa.

The Forum, sponsored by a number of private sector organizations, brought together senior government officials and private-sector executives to discuss opportunities in expanding public and private power. The Forum included, inter alia: an Africa Renewable Energy Forum, which considered government, financial and technology and efficiency solutions, as well as best practice examples of renewable energy projects; an Energy Summit, during which government ministers, industry leaders and development and environment experts discussed energy development goals; and AfricaBIOFUELS, during which African and European Government representatives and investors offered their perspective on the development of the African biofuels sector.

The Africa Energy Forum was launched in 1999 to provide a platform for governments and State utilities to address the international energy community on opportunities available in Africa's power and gas sectors. [Forum Website]