Lisbon hosts today the Energy Forum in Africa, which brings together ministers from several countries, including Portuguese-speaking countries, among more than 2,500 participants, in what is the largest meeting of the sector in the world, according to the organization.
According to EnergyNet, the organizing company, 20 ministers and senior officials from African governments are taking part "to present investment opportunities in the energy sector of this continent", as well as numerous investors at the 21st edition of the Africa Energy Forum, who returns to Europe after the meeting last year in Mauritius.
The organization expects more than 2,500 participants in the meeting, which will run until day 14 and will be inaugurated by the Portuguese Secretary of State for Energy, João Galamba, followed by speeches by the Deputy Minister and Economy, Pedro Siza Vieira, and the general director of Energy of the European Commission, Dominique Ristori.
The Forum will welcome more than 300 speakers from the energy sector, governments, commercial and development banks, energy producers, engineering and technology companies, law firms and consultants.
Among the rulers of Portuguese-speaking countries, besides the Portuguese, Angola's Minister of Energy and Water, João Baptista Borges, is confirmed; the Minister of Public Works of São Tomé and Príncipe, Osvaldo Abreu; the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Energy of Cape Verde, Alexandre Dias Monteiro, and the Minister of Energy, Industry and Natural Resources of Guinea-Bissau, António Serifo Embaló.
"The Africa Energy Forum welcomes a large number of public sector decision makers from all corners of the world, with about 46% of Africans, with 21% of all delegates being political leaders and legislators. Mozambique, Angola, Côte d'Ivoire, Morocco, Nigeria, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and Ethiopia will present its latest projects and investment opportunities in this closed networking environment that has gained a reputation for not being only the largest energy forum in Africa, but the largest energy forum in the world, "said Simon Gosling.
During the first day of work, several leaders are invited to reflect on how to "Prepare for success - the next 20 years", with the presentation of the "Transparency Tool", an energy solution designed to accelerate the pace of electrification in Africa.