The Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) is a long-term framework for structured political dialogue and co-operation between Africa and the EU on energy issues of strategic importance, reflecting African and European needs. Through the Partnership, Africa and Europe work together to develop a shared vision and common policy answers, and to stimulate specific actions that address the energy challenges of the 21st century.

In line with the UN’s decade for sustainable energy reflected in the Sustainable Development Goal number 7, AEEPs overall objective is to facilitate the achievement of universal access to affordable, sustainable and modern energy in Africa, including in rural areas, as a necessity and pre-requisite to generate inclusive development and jobs. This builds on the Joint Africa EU Strategy (JAES) strategic objective to create the jobs that the continent needs and to seize the opportunities the cooperation offers to Europe. Following the conclusions of the Nov. 2017 AU-EU Summit, AEEP will focus on effective results oriented strategic dialogue and broader framework for energy sector transformation and lead to improved coherence and traction of joint African-European energy initiatives.

AEEP is under the governance and political guidance of a Steering Group composed of Egypt, the European Commission, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Germany, Italy and the African Union Commission. In addition, the Partnership engages very closely non-state actors under focal points of private sector, academia and civil society. The Secretariat of the AEEP is currently hosted by GIZ headquarters in Bonn, Germany.

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