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BETD23 Partner Event Agenda – Decentralised Renewable Energy in Africa

9:30Arrival & coffee 
10:00 – 10:10Welcome & video opener: To achieve a just energy transition, Africa needs fair access to energy from renewable sources
10:10 – 10:30Keynote: Accelerating energy transition in and with Africa  

Need for climate neutrality and global energy transition. German development cooperation’s commitment to promoting Energy Access. Review and outlook on Green People’s Energy for Africa initiative.

Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ 
10:30 – 10:40Welcome by patron of Green People’s Energy for Africa 

Bärbel Höhn, BMZ Special Representative for Energy in Africa 
10:40 – 10:50Welcome by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) 

Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel, Chair of the Management Board, GIZ 
10:50 – 11:15High-level Fireside Talk 

Call for action – an African perspective

Irene Pauline Batebe, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda 

Davis Chirchir, Cabinet Secretary for Energy and Petroleum, Kenya

Bärbel Höhn, BMZ Special Representative for Energy in Africa
11:15 – 12:15Decentralized renewable energies: a development catalyst for local entrepreneurs 

Stakeholders from Sub-Sahara Africa present the potential for productive use of renewable energies. Zooming in on stand-alone DRE systems. Featuring business potentials, success stories, challenges and approaches to promote productive use by the Green People’s Energy programme and other key development programmes. Highlighting the importance of promoting gender-transformative approaches.  

Bobby Gyesi, SGA Farms Ltd. GH

Razvan Sandru, Head of component GBE Benin, GIZ

Alexander Haack, Head of Programme EnDev

Thomas Duveau, Chief Strategy Officer, A2EI
12:15 – 13:15Lunch 
13:15 – 14:15Financing energy access – bringing mini-grids to scale 
Development partners discuss the potential, challenges and key approaches to promoting rural electrification through mini-grids in Africa. Session starts with a brief presentation on mini-grids followed by a panel talk showcasing flagship programmes and their experience in supporting the sector. 

Camille André-Bataille, CEO, ANKA Madagascar

Edward Borgstein, Managing Director Africa, GEAPP

Michael Franz, Team leader GET.Invest, GIZ

Ruchi Soni, Programme Manager Result Based Financing, SEforALL

Babette Stein von Kamienski,Head of Division, Infrastructure, Southern Africa, KfW Development Bank
14:15 – 14:30Closing remarks  

BMZ outlook on the Just Energy Transition and energy access in rural Africa with a view to achieving SDG 7. 

Bärbel Höhn, BMZ Special Representative for Energy in Africa  

Dr. Jürgen Karl Zattler, Director General International Development Policy and United Nations; 2030 Agenda; Social and Environmental Transformation; Climate, German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ 
14:30 – 15:30Reception: Coffee & networking