During the Africa Energy Forum (AEF)’s  lifetime the sector has witnessed the emergence of  initiatives such as South Africa’s REIPPP Programme, GET  FiT Uganda and the IFC’s Scaling Solar programme, with  many IPPs coming online and a growing emergency power  sector.

From two sponsors and 200 delegates the Forum now attracts 130  sponsors and 2,000 delegates, becoming a catalyst for  partnerships and project investment. Just before AEF arrives  in Mauritius to celebrate its 20th anniversary we  hear from some of the sector’s longest supporters.

David Keith, Senior Vice President, Tetra  Tech: “My first Africa Energy Forum was 2000  in Edinburgh. Our firm had just partnered with the  Government of Uganda for a major electricity reform  effort… Our work helped to establish the Electricity  Regulatory Authority, and opened the door for private sector  participation in Uganda’s distribution sector. In 2002, at  AEF in Lyon, we held a formal bidder’s conference for what  would ultimately become Umeme… Regardless of the market  climate for investment in Africa’s power sector, AEF has  remained a constant”

Lucy Chege, Head: Energy, Environment and  Information Communications Technologies (ICT) at the  Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA):  “Over the years, AEF has emerged as an important  conference remarkably well attuned to the needs of its  stakeholders. It provides an excellent platform for  networking and discussions with the key stakeholders from  the continent.”

Rentia van Tonder, Head, Power for Standard Bank  Group: “Standard Bank’s established  association with the AEF has provided an enormously  effective platform to share the bank’s experience and  insight into the  exciting evolution of Africa’s energy  landscape. The AEF has also provided a brilliant window into  the global technology and financing landscapes that frame,  inform and support Africa’s own energy evolution.”

Alexander Sarac, Partner and Head of Africa Energy  and Infrastructure at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP:  “The AEF provides a great platform for industry  stakeholders and Governments to meet on an annual basis…  One of the best organized conferences with an Africa focus  and the organizers impress with their ability to innovate  and introduce new features that go beyond a “normal  conference”. We are proud sponsors of the AEF.”