Nairobi, Kenya – In a significant development for Africa’s energy sector, Kenya is hosting the 25th Africa Energy Forum running from 20-23 June at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre. The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, in collaboration with Energynet organized the event where Youth Energy Summit (YES!) was launched , the platform is dedicated to engaging young leaders in shaping the continent’s energy future.
During the opening of the Africa Energy Forum President William Ruto emphasized the importance of this transition. He asserted that adopting clean energy would not only contribute to the preservation of the environment but also align with the Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda, which places clean cooking as a policy priority.
President Ruto also highlighted the formulation of a bioenergy strategy aimed at achieving universal access to modern cooking energy. He underscored Kenya’s vision of sustainable energy development and emphasized the significance of renewable energy investments in realizing a prosperous and equitable Africa.
In his address, President Ruto expressed concern over the disproportionate burden of climate change borne by Africa, despite being the smallest contributor to global emissions. He called for Africa to amplify its voice in climate action efforts. To achieve sustainable energy development, the President emphasized the need for inclusive energy policies, innovative financing mechanisms, and targeted interventions to ensure universal access to affordable energy.
President Ruto further stressed the importance of regional energy cooperation and highlighted the role of cross-border energy infrastructure projects in promoting both energy trade and regional integration. Cabinet Secretaries Davies Chirchir (Energy), Peninah Malonza (Tourism), Rebecca Miano (EAC), Moses Kuria (Trade), and other esteemed leaders were present at the event.
Kenya, known for its commendable strides in renewable energy deployment, continues to exemplify its commitment to a sustainable and environmentally friendly energy landscape. Recognizing the urgent need to address climate change, public institutions have been urged to transition to cleaner and more sustainable energy options.
The 25th Africa Energy Forum in Kenya not only signifies the country’s pivotal role in the continent’s energy landscape but also underscores the collective commitment to cleaner, sustainable, and affordable energy solutions. As the event progresses, stakeholders will explore innovative strategies, policies, and partnerships to address the energy challenges faced by Africa, ultimately paving the way for a brighter and greener future.