The most important exhibition about the African energy sector, Africa Energy Forum (AEF), took place between June 19 and 22. Unlike previous editions, this time the event was held in African territory, in the island nation of Mauritius; this was to celebrate the exhibition’s 20th anniversary. It was also the first time Spain participated as a guest country, and Ingenia Solar Energy (ISE) played a prominent role at the fair.
After developing the detailed engineering for four photovoltaic plants in Africa (two in South Africa, one in Mauritius and one in Mozambique), apart from 31 due diligences and basic projects, it was very important for ISE to be present at an exhibition like AEF.
Our Business Development Manager, Mela García Pérez, represented the company at the fair. She participated in the presentation “Connection on grid, off grid and mini grid: solutions for a coherent energy strategy”, in which she talked about the importance of implementing an energy strategy policy in Africa to cover the needs of rural areas and eradicate energy poverty in the next five years.
With this goal in mind, Mela García reflected on the new technologies and engineerings we can apply, considering the challenge of executing such difficult works. In addition, she highlighted the need of financial support by both public and private funding.
The AEF exhibition was also very useful for meeting many prominent public officials from African countries such as Ghana, Botswana, Nigeria, Kenya and Mauritius itself, and all of them showed a huge interest for ISE‘s broad and extensive experience in the engineering design of photovoltaic projects. In addition, we were able to meet representatives from development banks such as the World Bank, the European Investment Bank and the African Development Bank, who expressed their will to support the energy development in the continent.
Despite the high temperature and moisture of Mauritius, it was a great pleasure to be at this special event. The organization was superb and offered us many comforts and facilities: transfer services, wifi, catering, work and reunion areas with air conditioning, etc.
In conclusion, the AEF exhibition has been very useful for ISE: we have notably expanded our contact network in Africa, we have gained a new vision of the business opportunities in this market, and this experience has made us consider new services for our clients.