A section of participants at the well-attended event
The Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) at the University of Ghana on July 5, 2023, hosted a high-level international conference centered around the theme "Climate Finance for Sustainable Energy Transitions in Africa." The conference aimed to foster collaboration and discussions on critical actions required to drive Africa's transition toward a greener and more prosperous future.
Renowned speakers at the conference included Prof. Felix Asante, Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Ghana (epresenting Vice Chancellor Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo); Prof. Peter Quartey, Director of ISSER; Honourable Dr. Amin Adams, Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance of Ghana; Professor Renaud Dehousse, President of the European University Institute (EUI); and Mr. Pieter Smidt Van Gelder, Chargé d’Affairs a.i., EU Delegation to Ghana. These esteemed experts shared insights and perspectives on climate finance, sustainable energy solutions, and the critical actions required to facilitate a successful energy transition in Africa.
The conference facilitated thought-provoking discussions, knowledge exchange, and the sharing of best practices among participants. Attendees engaged in fruitful dialogues, forging partnerships and collaborations aimed at driving sustainable energy transitions in Africa.
The conference commenced with speeches from distinguished guests, highlighting the importance of collaboration and commitment to address common challenges.
Prof. Quartey underscored the urgent need for sustainable energy solutions in Africa and emphasized the significance of collaboration in achieving impactful outcomes. He expressed pride in ISSER's joint efforts with the European University Institute, stating, "Today's event builds on a history of productive and successful collaborations involving ISSER."
Prof. Asante stressed the necessity of exploring sustainable energy solutions as Africa faces the challenges posed by climate change. He described the conference as a platform for engaging in constructive dialogues, knowledge sharing, and charting a path toward a greener and more sustainable Africa. “At the University of Ghana, we are firmly committed to fostering a culture of research, innovation, and sustainability. This conference serves as a testament to our unwavering dedication to creating positive change in Africa,” he added.
Dr. Adams highlighted the vital role of finance, research, and partnerships in fostering a robust sustainable energy network. He shared information about the government of Ghana's progress in realizing a sustainable and just energy transition, emphasizing the importance of collaboration between the public and private sectors.
Prof. Dehousse underscored EUI’s commitment to global collaborations and building meaningful partnerships and added that the presence of the EUI in Ghana reflects their recognition of the need for regular engagement in Africa and the importance of discussing matters of common interest with partners.
Throughout the conference, various topics related to climate finance, sustainable energy solutions, and critical actions needed for a successful transition were discussed. Participants explored innovative approaches, policy frameworks, and financial mechanisms to support the development of renewable energy infrastructure and mitigate the impact of climate change on the African continent.
The high-level international conference on climate finance and sustainable energy transition in Africa held at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, University of Ghana, was a significant milestone in the ongoing efforts to foster collaboration and drive sustainable energy transitions in Africa. The event served as a platform for experts, policymakers, and stakeholders to share knowledge, best practices, and innovative solutions, ultimately paving the way for a greener and more prosperous future for the continent.