Africa Investment Exchange: Online
January to December 2021
Established at RSA House in 2013, the Africa Investment Exchange (AIX) has become one of the meeting places of choice for Africa’s energy sector stakeholders. We are pleased to combine a monthly online AIX series with traditional live AIX: Gas and AIX: Power & Renewables meetings held at RSA House, London in 2021.
Over 1,200 participants, including leading private and public sector investors, African officials and project developers registered to the AIX: Online meetings in 2020. The new format has opened up our events to a wider audience and we plan to continue producing online panel discussions and roundtable meetings with networking opportunities in 2021.
AIX: Online 2021 schedule
|19 January||18 February||16 March||20 April|
|Sovereign debt: |
What does it mean for projects in the power sector?
|South Africa: |
Drill into latest gas and electricity supply industry trends
Expansion and integration of SHS and mini-grids
Looking at latest developments in francophone countries
|18-19 May||15 June||13 July|
|Hybrid AIX Gas|
The 7th meeting will be held online and at RSA House, London
How might the grid evolve over the next 25 years?
Focusing on policy issues and the energy value chain
|21 September||19 October||16-17 November||14 December|
|Grid & Storage: |
Key issues facing Africa’s power network in an age of transition
|East Africa: |
Overview of the region’s diverse and dynamic energy sector
|Hybrid AIX Power & Renewables|
Held online and at RSA House, London
Developments in the gas and power market across the region
Upcoming AIX: Online 2021 meetings
Just transition in South Africa
South Africa’s transition from coal presents numerous economic, social, and political issues. The online dialogue will focus on some of these challenges and opportunities.
- Funding mechanisms and technical assistance available to support just transitions in South Africa.
- What’s the future for local content and BEE.
- Risk Mitigation IPP Procurement Programme and renewables bid window 5 update.
- Prospects for baseload and the grid in light of growing renewable capacity.
Satellite session: South Africa’s gas outlook
- Invitation only roundtable meeting on the country’s gas market.
Off-grid expansion and integration
12h00 to 13h30 GMT
The first part of the session will look at what data is available on the region’s established solar home systems (SHS) and mini-grid sector and what recent findings tell policy-makers and investors.
The second part will focus on off-grid solutions complementing T&D plans and electrification programmes.
- Residential, mini-grid and commercial-scale options, and how they fit together.
- Will a day come where grid expansion just isn’t worth it as distributed solutions come to dominate?
Satellite session: Mini-grid investment roundtable
Examining different models and opportunities for investment in mini-grid schemes.
- Raising equity and accessing debt for mini-grid solutions.
Past AIX: Online 2021 meetings
Tackling sovereign debt issues: understanding a volatile situation for power and other infrastructure projects
- Is Africa really facing a new debt crisis?
- Are institutions and traditional business models still fit for purpose
- How do Chinese loans compare with other lenders
- Prospects for evolving existing structures or creating a new generation of debt relief packages
Panellists: Gadi Taj Ndahumba, Head of Power Sector at African Legal Support Facility; Marc Howard, Researcher, African Energy; Jonathan Berman, Managing Director at Autonomi Capital; Mike Peo, Head: Infrastructure, Energy & Telecommunication, Nedbank; Vincent Launay, Senior Infrastructure Finance Specialist, World Bank; and Patrick Smith, Editor, Africa Confidential
“A very engaging session thanks to all”
Patrick O’Driscoll, Sales Director, Karpowership
“It was a productive and interesting discussion and we hope the audience thought so too.”
Simon Hodson, Chief Executive Officer, Gridworks
The Africa Investment Exchange is co-produced by consultants African Energy and held under the Chatham House Rule. By moving online and holding virtual meetings we will be able to expand our programme with fringe events and provide information sharing for the AIX community throughout the year.