“Achieving Sustainable Energy Targets in the ECOWAS”

Achieving the ECOWAS regions vision for a prosperous regional energy market is contingent upon harnessing the region’s vast renewable energy potential.

In 2013, landmark regional sustainable energy policies were adopted to address the major energy challenges faced by the region.  These polices aim to increase the share of renewable energy in the region’s overall electricity mix to 10% in 2020 and 19% in 2030 to implement energy efficiency measures that free up to 2,000 MW in the long term.

These regional policies on renewable energy and energy efficiency have enabled the ECOWAS Member States to define a common vision for increased use of renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, small-scale hydro and biomass for electricity generation and other energy services. In this framework significant progress has been made towards achieving these ambitious targets.

However major investment is required alongside adequate regulatory frameworks that build investors’ confidence. More importantly, this vision relies on an increased participation of the private sector.

ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Forum (ESEF)

The ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Forum (ESEF) was instituted in 2017 by the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) to bolster efforts of member states, along with local, regional and international initiatives to achieve greater generation of electricity from renewables.

ESEF aims to facilitate investment in the regional energy sector. It promotes cooperation and partnerships to accelerate uptake of a viable market for sustainable energy solutions in the ECOWAS.

The forum is also a platform for improving the policy and regulatory landscape for private sector investment through engagement between ECOWAS policy makers, regional and international private sector players and financial institutions.

The 3rd Edition of the ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Forum (ESEF2019) will take place from 22 -24 October 2019 at the Kempinski Hotel, Gold Coast City in Accra, Ghana.

What to expect

Under the high patronage of His Excellency, President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, the event will bring together West Africa’s top elected officials, policymakers, industry thought leaders and other individuals committed to moving forward the sustainable energy agenda. With support of ECREEE and its sister agencies, the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP) and the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Authority (ERERA), the region has made tremendous strides in putting in place the policy and regulatory framework for a viable sustainable energy market. As such, translating this enabling environment into concrete projects powering inclusive energy access and growth is one of the key objectives of ESEF2019.

This year’s forum also marks a special relationship with two partners with a demonstrated  commitment to sustainable communities around the world: Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), the off-grid industry association consisting of more than 130 members active in Africa to deliver innovative clean energy solutions; and GET.invest, a European programme that mobilises renewable energy investments.

ESEF2019 will raise awareness about the progress made by member countries in the region in the quest to achieve the goals set for 2020 and 2030. Also, the challenges faced by the private sector in developing projects will be highlighted. However, ESEF2019 will be geared toward facilitating business deals and promoting investment.

Therefore, ESEF2019 will be a demand-driven and result-oriented event, where participants take a detailed look at the challenges facing the sector; how they are being overcome and where the opportunities lie for speeding up the implementation of game-changing projects.

The forum will be divided into different sessions supported by thematic areas to cater for all expected stakeholders. This is what really makes ESEF the regional marketplace for sustainable energy.

Key themes:

  • Showcase investment opportunities in sustainable energy sector in the 15 member states.
  • Enhance regional cooperation and trans-border power trade from renewable sources.
  • Highlight technological progress in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.
  • Facility business collaborations through dedicated B2B sessions in the utility-scale and off-grid electrification marketplace.
  • Demonstrate regional energy efficiency potential.
  • Promote knowledge-sharing beyond the region.

ESEF2019, will foster concrete progress in the implementation of the ECOWAS region’s ambitious sustainable energy targets by bringing together major actors from within and outside the region and will demonstrate the region as the frontier for a viable sustainable energy market.


ESEF2019 will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders within and outside the region: high-level representatives from government including ministers and directors of energy, regional and international development partners, regional and international private sector players, financial institutions, academia and research and civil society representatives.

Special guests at this year’s ESEF include high-level delegates, among them:

  • H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President, The Republic of Ghana
  • H.E. Jean-Claude Brou, President, ECOWAS Commission
  • John Peter Amewu, Minister of Energy, Ghana
  • Alhaji Kanja Seesay, Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Sierra Leone
  • Dr. Bachir Ismael Ouedraogo, Minister of Energy, Burkina Faso
  • Sediko Douka, Commissioner for Energy and Mines, ECOWAS
  • Executives from the climate and energy finance sectors, technology    manufacturers and distributors, and others

Venue & Date

The event will be held from 22 – 24 October 2019 at the Kempinski Hotel, Gold Coast City in Accra, Ghana. (For reservations at Kempinski Hotel: https://kempinski.com/KIACC1/en/book/id.ECRE191023/start.20191019/end.20191028/ms.1/)

 Event Agenda (Coming Soon)

The agenda features a series of panel discussions, presentations and practical working sessions on renewable energy and energy efficiency as well as related sectors. All sessions will be translated in English, French and Portuguese.


This year, ESEF will put on a show with a 300 m2 exhibition room for organizations looking to showcase their products and services in order to raise the visibility of their brand. The exhibition is open to all actors across the sustainable energy value chain (manufacturers, EPC contractors, financing institutions, distributors, suppliers, etc.).

For more information regarding sponsorships and exhibitions, please contact: sponsor@esef2019.org

ESEF 2019 key partners