COMESA has been selected to represent Regional Economic Communities on the steering group of the Africa â€“European Union Energy Partnership which is a long term framework for structured political dialogue and cooperation on energy issues of strategic importance, reflecting African and European needs.
Other members of the group are Egypt representation African Union Member States, the African Union Commission, Germany and Italy representing the European Union and European Union Commission respectively.
The Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP), one of 8 partnerships in the Africa-EU Joint Strategy was formed after the African Union Commission together with the European Commission agreed in a Joint Statement to enhance an effective Africa-EU dialogue through High Level Africa-EU Energy Meetings (HLM) to be organized every two years.
The partnership on energy sector was launched during the Second EU-Africa Lisbon Summit which was held in 2007. This partnership offers opportunities for boosting Africaâ€™s efforts in increasing investments and access to energy services, especially in the current context of increasing global demand and higher energy prices.
Both the EU and Africa have set up Implementation Teams to guide the partnership.
The AEEP has set targets to be attained which include on energy access: to bring access to modern and sustainable energy services to at least an additional 100 million Africans, focusing on sustainable models; on energy security, to double the capacity of cross border electricity interconnections, both within Africa and between Africa and Europe, thus increasing trade in electricity while ensuring adequate levels of generation capacity and to double the use of natural gas in Africa as well as to double African gas exports to Europe, by building natural gas infrastructure, notably to bring currently flared gas to market; and on renewable energy and energy efficiency: Africa and the EU to take joint action to increase both energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy in Africa by:
It has been observed that some progress has been achieved on attaining the AEEP 2020 targets in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency, energy access, and energy security, with a focus on renewable energy.
However, the need for substantial increase in efforts by both continents to achieve the AEEP 2020 Targets should be emphasized.