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Desert to Power
Mission


5-13 April 2018

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Desert to Power
Mission


5-13 April 2018

The unique opportunity to be among the first movers of the AfDB's "Desert to Power" program

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Join this unique opportunity to be among the first movers of the Desert to Power program designed to change the Sahel region into the world's largest pv powerhouse, impacting the lives of 160 million people by providing clean and affordable energy. 

  • High-level, invite-only basis for attendance

  • Travel together with Solarplaza and AfDB (www.afdb.org) representatives to meet the regulators, policy-makers and key stakeholders of the Sahel-region

  • Network with experienced developers, investors and financiers, to make 'desert to power' projects happen


CNBC Africa’s Bronwyn Nielsen sat down with Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank at the on-going World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland to make the case for investment on the continent.

Source: https://www.cnbcafrica.com/videos/2018/01/23/afdbs-adesina-i-want-africa-to-turn-its-sun-into-power-this-is-how/

MISSION OUTLINE
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Delegation of 20 private sector participants and AfDB/ AFD + other DFI’s and Irena representatives (overall group of 30 - 40)

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Attend sessions with government officials presenting solar-project opportunities in their country.

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The limited 20 private sector spots are based on a shortlist of preferred attendees established through consultation between Solarplaza & AfDB

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The first kick-off of the Desert to Power programme, by visiting the Niger, Senegal and Mali for meetings with the ministers of Power, ministries of finance and the utilities.

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Program Outline


Program Outline


Program

In Niger, Mali and Senegal we will:

  • Have meetings and discussions with the ministers of Power & ministries of finance
  • Have meetings with the utility
  • Watch governmental presentations about solar-project opportunities
  • Go matchmaking with the local solar community
  • Receive the latest insight on policies, legislations, tax incentives, government support for solar, land tenure and local currency tendencies from decision makers.
PROGRAM OUTLINE

5 - 6 April: Program Niger

7 - 8 April: Weekend and travel to Senegal

9 - 10 April: Program Senegal

11 April: travel day to Mali

12 - 13 April: Program Mali

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Webinar


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PAST WEBINAR /// DESERT TO POWER

RECORDINGS ARE AVAILABLE

Join the webinar and learn more about the Desert to Power initiative designed to change the Sahel region (including Nigeria) into the world's largest PV powerhouse, impacting the lives of 160 million people by providing clean and affordable energy.

Ousseynou Nakoulima, Director of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency at the AfDB, will explain more about:

  • The scope, background and envisioned impact of the initiative, 
  • The partnerships that drive the program,
  • Private sector opportunities in both the on-grid and off-grid segment. 

Take part in the Q&A session to directly ask your questions regarding the program at Mr. Nakoulima

OUSSEYNOU NAKOULIMA /// DIRECTOR FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY - AFDB
Nakoulima, a Senegalese, holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University Business School, USA and Master degrees in Engineering and Applied Mathematics from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines in Paris. He brings along more than 15 years of experience in energy, climate change, international banking and financial sector development. Nakoulima has been the Director at the Green Climate Fund in Korea since 2014, with global responsibility for partnerships, country strategies and project preparation support. He was responsible for managing relationships with 140 countries, advising them on how to develop low carbon and climate resilient programs, while managing substantial financial resources for technical assistance and project development. As member of the senior management team of the Green Climate Fund, he was instrumental in the successful launch of the Fund, which has mobilized significant resources for renewable energy projects globally. Before joining the Green Climate Fund, he worked at BNP PARIBAS from 2009 to 2014 in Paris and then in Senegal. As Deputy CEO of the local subsidiary, he positioned the Bank as lead advisor of the Government of Senegal in energy and infrastructure. He proposed innovative schemes to finance the overhaul of the electricity sector and coordinated the financing of a major airport project. He oversaw the mobile banking business to develop the concept for low-income banking and established new business lines including factoring, leasing and commodity finance. Nakoulima had earlier on worked at the African Development Bank as Senior Investment Officer between 2002 and 2009, having joined the Bank as a Young Professional. During that time, he developed projects in fifteen countries in power, water, sanitation and infrastructure and led teams in high impact transactions, including a corporate loan to Eskom, the power utility of South Africa, a private hydropower project in Madagascar and the Bank’s first Public-Private advisory activity for a hydropower program in West Africa.
OUSSEYNOU NAKOULIMA
DIRECTOR FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY - AFDB
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About Solarplaza


About Solarplaza


About Solarplaza


"To positively impact the world by accelerating the sustainable energy transition"

This mission lies at the core of Solarplaza, a private company based in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) that aims to inspire, connect and activate the global solar PV industry.

Solarplaza was founded in 2004 by Edwin Koot, a senior PV expert working in photovoltaic solar energy since 1994. Over the course of fourteen years, Solarplaza has built a network of trusted friends and personal contacts all over the world.

Solarplaza organizes international high-level conferences and exploratory trade missions in both established and emerging markets across the globe. With a track-record spanning 5 continents30+ countries50+ cities and a total of over 100 events, Solarplaza is a pioneering industry inspirer.

The company’s home base, www.solarplaza.com, is an independent platform for knowledge and insights, supported by the (free) daily solar industry newsletter, SUN.


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Contact Us

For program matters regarding the event and its content, get in touch with:

PROJECT
MANAGER

Lydia van Os
+31 10 280 9198
lydia@solarplaza.com

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For program matters regarding the event and its content, get in touch with:

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Tom van Dorp
+31 10 280 9198
t.vandorp@solarplaza.com

For questions regarding exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, contact:

ACCOUNT
MANAGER

Laura Fortes
+31 10 280 9198
laura@solarplaza.com

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General Contact Info

Solarplaza International BV

+31 10 280 9198
info@solarplaza.com
www.solarplaza.com

Conradstraat 38 - D3.131
3013AP Rotterdam
The Netherlands

P.O. Box 2299
3000CG Rotterdam
The Netherlands

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