2014: Second AEEP High Level Meeting (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) & Launch of the AEEP Status Report
The Second High-Level Meeting took place on 11-13 February 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the banner of “Taking the Next Step: Africa and the EU are tackling Energy Challenges together”. The meeting was jointly hosted by the Ethiopian Government, the Governments of Austria, Germany and Mauritius, and the African and European Co-Chairs of the AEEP – the African Union Commission and the European Commission. The meeting was attended by over 450 African and European political and business leaders, high-level experts and heads of international energy institutions, as well as members of civil society, the private sector and the research community, who gathered to review progress in implementing the AEEP 2020 Targets and to discuss how to shape future Africa-EU relations in the energy sector.
An “Expert Day” showcased the achievements of African and European partners towards achieving the AEEP 2020 Targets. And a high-level ministerial segment saw energy ministers review the AEEP’s achievements since the last High-Level Meeting and explored how to improve cooperation between the policy and business sectors so as to attract and substantially accelerate private investments. The AEEP’s second High-Level Meeting also saw the adoption of the “Addis Ababa Communiqué” on the Partnership’s priorities and its vision for African-European cooperation on energy. The Communiqué fed into the meeting of African and European Heads of State and Government at the 4th EU-Africa Summit in April 2014.