5th German-African Energy Forum

Hans-Joachim Otto, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), opened the 5th German-African Energy Forum in Hamburg on Monday. The event under the patronage of BMWi is organized jointly by the German-African Business Association, the Chamber of Commerce of the city of Hamburg and the Hanover Trade Fair.

Among the attendees are six African ministers, inter alia from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabun, Nigeria and Mali, as well as high-ranking representatives from 25 African states and German companies.

The following topics relating to the African energy sector and the German-African energy cooperation are being discussed:

  • Upstream: Exploration, Production & Marketing
  • Pipeline (Construction and Operation)
  • Downstream: Refining, Petrochemicals and Distribution
  • Power: Production, Transmission, Distribution
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Renewable Energies: Solar, Wind, Hydropower, Geothermal and Biofuels
  • Clean Development Mechanism
  • Financing and Insurance of African Energy Projects

State Secretary Otto pointed out the increasing strategic importance of the African continent for the German government and industry. Africa had the potential to expand its important position as a supplier of raw materials and energy and become one of the leading international energy suppliers, Mr Otto stated.

The government was currently developping a strategic concept for the expansion of bilateral business partnerships with African states, he said.  In particular closer ties in the energy sector regarding important areas like renewable energy and energy efficiciency would be to the mutal benefit of both partners. In light of the recent events in Northern Africa, it will be interesting to learn about the outcome of the conference and gauge the impact for projects like Desertec.

Source: Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, German-African Business Association