Morocco to Feature at Next Africa Energy Forum in Copenhagen

Abderrahim El Hafidi, Morocco Ministry of Mines, Water and the Environment (IISD)

Morocco - The Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment of the Kingdom of Morocco, has confirmed attendance at the Africa Energy Forum (AEF) in Copenhagen from 7-9 June 2017.

The annual gathering for government ministers, heads of utilities, project developers and global investors driving forward the development of Africa’s energy projects is expected to bring together about 2 000 participants to Copenhagen this June. Last year, 2016, the AEF was held in London and attracted 2 100 participants from 80 countries including 32 African countries.

Morocco is becoming a leading light in energy solutions on the African continent. At the Powering Africa Summit which took place in Washington DC from 9 -10 March, Morocco’s ONEE presented their Gas to Power Programme and MASEN discussed their sustainable energy programme under the leadership of Mustapha Bakkoury, President and Chief Executive Officer.

In a press release, EnergyNet, the organisers of AEF, point out that both ONEE and MASEN are clearly focused on a broader role within Africa carrying with them the potential of building physical energy links between the continent and Europe. “The support of the Ministry at the Africa Energy Forum (AEF) this year underlines the commitment from the Kingdom of Morocco to explore energy partnerships with Europe and hasten the pace of foreign direct investment in Morocco,” added EnergyNet.

EnergyNet has also revealed that the AEF will have a new Platinum agenda stream that will bring together senior level government officials with some of the world’s biggest investors in discussions on how to accelerate projects, whilst specific country sessions will explore the unique investment climates and priority projects for countries such as Nigeria, South Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mozambique, Morocco, Ethiopia, and Kenya.