IPFA Europe: Paris: Energy in North and Western Africa
Please note that this event has been postponed from its original date of Thursday 16th May 2019. IPFA would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any inconvenience caused. We will inform members by sending out an email announcement and updating our website once the new date has been confirmed.
Online registration will re-open once the new date is confirmedIn recent years, Africa has become an increasingly active market for renewable energy projects, spanning from smaller PV solar to mega hydro-electric power projects. An increasing number of African countries are progressively initiating projects and several projects have now closed. Eastern and Southern Africa have paved the way in the development of the African renewables market; Northern and Western francophone Africa are now catching up and are providing a steady flow of projects. Strong and experienced developers, increased efficiency and the availability of financing have led to greater competition and, ultimately, very low pricing for renewable energy, in particular solar.
This does not mean that African energy projects have become plain vanilla; there are numerous constraints affecting the development of projects: insufficient grid infrastructure, regulatory uncertainty, scalability issues, political risk, to name a few. However, the active involvement of multilateral and development finance institutions, export credit agencies and international and local commercial banks, the development of specific instruments for the development, tendering and financing of projects efficiently help to overcome difficulties.
Participants in the event will share their experience and we will discuss trends in the development of energy project finance (with a focus on renewables) in North-Western Africa and the outlook for individual countries in these regions.
16.00pm Welcome and Introduction
Michel Lequien, Ashurst
16.05 Keynote I
Julien Touati, Corporate Development Director, Meridiam
16.25 Keynote II
Guillaume de Forceville, Director General, EDF International
16.45 Panel Discussion & Q&A
Moderated by: Mark Barges, Partner, Ashurst
Guillaume de Forceville, EDF International
Julien Touati, Meridiam
Francois Labarthe, Attijariwaffa Bank
17.30 Closing Remarks
17.35 IPFA Update
17.40 Networking Drinks Reception kindly hosted by Ashurst
This event will be held in English.