The European Union Energy Initiative – Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF) is an instrument to support energy policy and strategy development at national as well as regional levels. It realizes thematic studies on key energy issues and facilitates knowledge sharing and cooperation through dialogue events and network building. Under EUEI PDF, the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) was initiated. One of its core objectives is to develop renewable energy markets and thereby to increase energy access in Africa.
In a consortium with the partnering agency conoscope, CI took over the organisation, implementation and documentation of up to 19 matchmaking sessions in the framework of RECP. The events should facilitate increased joint business development and access to financiers for European and African private renewable energy project developers. The aim is to provide a platform for participants to meet potential business partners and financiers and to potentially engage in joint project/ business development. The online platform – which is also accessible as a Mobile App – captures the profile of each participant and offers an easily accessible way for participants to screen all available profiles and to request corresponding meetings. Within the first B2B session CI was able able to arrange 64 matches from 21 different countries, within half day. CI with its partner conoscope will continue to organize such events in 2017.