Informa Markets, organisers of Middle East Energy, announced the launch of its latest exhibition on 9 March. Africa Energy Expo will take place at Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda next February.
Joining a portfolio of events which includes Egypt Energy and Nigeria Energy, the new Africa Energy Expo will align with Africa’s COP27 climate pledges. The organisers also hope to use the Expo to serve the Africa Power Vision by increasing the level of international support and facilitate access to modern, affordable, sustainable energy in Africa.
Speaking at a press conference at the Middle East Energy at Dubai World Trade Centre, Emmanuel Hategeka, Rwandan ambassador to the UAE, said there are several reasons why Rwanda is hosting the event:
“Rwanda [is] a country that has made positive advancements in the energy transition to renewables, [and] is also the second most attractive MICE destination on the continent. Over the past two decades, we have consciously invested in the stability, safety as well as infrastructure of the country and ensured that Rwanda is an open-to-business nation.
“We are one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa with a pre-pandemic GDP growth of around 8% per year, having shown resilience throughout the pandemic and a strong bounce back.”
Organisers plan to use Africa Energy Expo to build a network of government and regulatory authorities; investors; contractors; and others to develop cost-effective energy solutions, bridge the investment gaps, and finalise the next steps of implementation.
Commenting on the launch of the new portfolio, Azzan Mohammed, exhibitions director – energy, MEA, Informa Markets, said: “We intend to provide our exhibitors with better access to stakeholders and ultimately facilitate their growth in the African market.”
“With Africa’s energy sector playing a key role in bringing together the pan-African audience for the shows in this new portfolio, we look forward to exploring what the region has to offer.”
Middle East Energy 2023 ran from March 7-9 at Dubai World Trade Centre.