Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Ghana is one of the “top export markets 2014” says German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

WACEE'14: West Africa's flagship event in RE & environmental protection

With 1,051 professional visitors from 22 countries and a share of 70% of decision makers discussing business with 41 exhibitors and 70 speakers, WACEE 2013 confirmed its status as West Africa’s flagship event on clean energy & environmental technology.

It is on the background of the success of the first two editions and responding to the growth, demand and vitality of West Africa’s industry, that AHK Ghana and fairtrade now organise the third edition of WACEE on 3-5 November 2014, again at the Accra International Conference Centre.

Ghana is one of the “top export markets 2014” says German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

The German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in cooperation with Germany Trade & Invest have identified six countries that earn increased attention of the German export economy. Among the “top export markets 2014” are China, Columbia, Ghana, Indonesia, South Korea and the United Kingdom. State Secretary Stefan Kapferer: "The selected countries are characterized by above-average growth, a positive development in the core sectors of the German middle class and a stable business environment." Great opportunities open up in the areas of environmental technology, waste and water management and engineering.  Further details.

For the very first time in 2014, WACEE will feature an official “made in Germany”-pavilion with 17 German exhibitors in addition to an information stand. The German pavilion is presented by the Federal German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in cooperation with the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA) and supported by AHK - Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana. The pavilion will also incorporate an official participation of North-Rhine Westphalia.

Valuable 3-day conference program
A valuable program of conferences will run alongside the exhibition. Day 1 on 03 November 2014 will be supported by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Topics include among others “The Environment: a global responsibility” as well as two panels: “Panel West Africa: Perspective on Environmental Industry” and “Panel Environmental Policy: Reforms and Future Outlooks”.

Day 2 will see the 2nd Ghanaian-German Renewables Business Forum: Renewable Energy Options for Successful Businesses, presented by the “renewables – Made in Germany” initiative and its Renewable Energy Project Development Programme (PDP) implemented by GIZ as well as AHK Ghana.

And the main topic of Day 3 will be: “No waste to waste: Productive use of biomass”. This day is supported by the German federal state of North-Rhine Westphalia.

The detailed conference program will be published by September.

WACEE’14 - The 3rd West African Clean Energy and Environmental Technology Exhibition & Conference

  • Renewable and conventional energy generation
  • Energy efficiency and electrical engineering
  • Environmental technology
  • Waste recycling
  • Water and sewage treatment 


Top governmental support from within West Africa and from Europe.

Organised with the participation of:

  • Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration
  • Ministry for Energy and Petroleum
  • Ministry for Water Resources, Works and Housing
  • Ministry for Local Government and Rural Development
  • Ministry for Environment, Science and Technology
  • ECG
  • German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy and the ”renewables – Made in Germany” initiative
  • Embassy of Germany
  • The German Federal State of North-Rhine Westphalia
  • GIZ
  • EU Delegation to Ghana
  • Embassy of Denmark
  • African Sustainable Energy Association
  • Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS)
  • Energy Commission
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Ghana Chamber of Mines
  • GHANECC-The Ghana Netherlands Chamber of Commerce and Culture
  • Public Utilities Regulatory Commission
  • VRA

Excellent visitor base. 1,051 registered industry professionals from 22 countries (2013). Detailed evaluation of the visitor statistics, visitors by interest etc. see Post Show Report 2013

High rate of decision-makers.
70% of the visitors were decision-makers (2013). CEOs / Managing directors (29%), project managers (10%), consultants (10%), sales and marketing directors (8%), maintenance engineers (5%), technical managers (4%), IT directors (2%), production managers (2%), purchasing directors (1%) and financial directors (1%).

Top quality exhibitors.
41 top quality exhibitors (2013)

Valuable conference program.
At the occasion of WACEE ’14, a valuable program of conferences runs alongside the exhibition. Just like the conferences in 2013, the “Ghanaian-German Renewables Business Forum – Setting the Ground for Sustainable Energy Development” and the conference under the title “Achieving more with less: Resource and energy efficiency for a greener future”, organised in cooperation between giz and AHK.

The Industry Portal.
The WACEE Industry Portal allows exhibitors and visitors to connect before, during and after the event.

High satisfaction rates.
  96% of the exhibitors recommend the event. 93% of the exhibitors were satisfied with WACEE ’13 as a whole. 

Briskly rising West African imports of energy and electro technology (in billion Euro). According to ZVEI-German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association the figures for energy and electro technology imports reflect the briskly rising exchange especially in this sector. West African imports of energy and electro-technology rose by 27.3% in 2011, to 7.642 billion Euro. West African imports in this sector stood firm on a high level in 2012, amounting to 7.402 billion Euro. 

Business opportunities - new projects in Ghana. The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum is currently monitoring the implementation of seven programs with new projects nationwide:

  • Mini-grid Electrification Program
  • Renewable Energy Resource Assessment Program
  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program
  • ...

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Testimonials - this is what they said!


Hon. Vincent Oppong Asamoah,
Dep. Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing:

“The Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing has the mandate to formulate policies for the regulation of the Works, Housing and Water sectors of the economy. The Ministry is therefore willing to introduce policies that will promote the utilization of Clean Energy for sustainability of the environment in their area of jurisdiction… I wish to reiterate that the success of the implementation of use of Clean Energy requires the concerted efforts of all. We sincerely wish to thank our German friends and partners of GIZ for the immense contribution on co-organizing the conferences as well as the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWI) in the context of the “renewables – Made in Germany” initiative.”

H.E. Claude Maerten, Ambassador
Head of the EU Delegation to Ghana at European External Action Service:

“The EU has since a long time demonstrated its ambition to support the development of a reliable and successful Energy market for Africa. This objective has been for instance repeated in the Africa EU Energy Partnership. The long-term political framework for structured political dialogue and cooperation between Africa and EU on energy issues. Among others the partnership includes several targets in terms of RE generation with additional 10.000 MW of hydropower capacities, 5.000 MW of Wind power, 500 MW for solar and tripling the capacity of other RE… Most of all, through its financing tools, the EU has been trying to tackle different well identified needs - Access to “affordable” finance: 320 Mio. Euro infrastructure finance deliver through a special SE4ALL window in the infrastructure trust fund Replenishment of Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund SE4ALL EU Trust …”
H.E. Thomas Wimmer,
Acting Ambassador, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to Ghana:

“Ghana is a frontrunner for renewable energy in West Africa, as Germany is within the G20. So both countries did a natural thing: Ghana and Germany have teamed up for a partnership in Renewable Energy on various levels … Two major projects were identified last year: one is a technical cooperation program in order to consult the Ghana government on how to best implement its “Renewable Energy Act”. This is being organized by GIZ German Cooperation. The other project is one in the framework of our – financial – cooperation. It is the implementation of a photovoltaic power plant of the Volta River Authority in collaboration with the German KfW Development Bank. It is against this background, that I can fairly say: We have no better basis to stage the second “WACEE” … The maiden event last year was a great success for both exhibitors and visitors alike. I am delighted that we have come together this year again, and that the organisers are planning to have it take place on a yearly basis in the future.”
Mr Siegfried Leffler,
Country Director Ghana, GIZ
“GIZ has approximately 140 energy projects worldwide in more than 40 countries. Africa has the largest share of the energy projects. In Ghana, we have recently opened a new renewable energy chapter in our well-established, long-standing and excellent cooperation with the Government of Ghana in the fields of agriculture, sustainable economic development, decentralization, good financial governance as well as peace and security.
German-Ghanaian cooperation has a long-standing tradition of promoting private sector development in Ghana as well as business partnerships between the two countries. Against this background, GIZ Ghana recently has begun to implement the so-called Project Development Programme and the initiative ‘renewables – Made in Germany’ supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economics to facilitate knowledge exchange and German-Ghanaian renewable energy business partnerships. …
The strong presence of GIZ at this year’s WACEE is going to be highly visible in the two-day ‘Ghanaian-German Renewables Business Forum. The WACEE conference marks the official starting point for the Project Development Programme in Ghana. … We all look very much forward to the coming days, which will hopefully be days of encounter, fruitful exchanges and sustainable businesses. Finally I want to thank our colleagues of the AHK and fairtrade for their great work in organizing this event.”

Mr Venan Sondo, Senior Manager,
Sustainability & Climate Change Advisory, PwC:

“Ghana is certainly the centre for innovation in RE in West Africa and continues to make great strides internally attracting international attention. The planned Climate Change Innovation Centre by the World Bank and the recent 1.8 Million Euro aid from the German Government amongst others, is a testament to this innovation. It is time to maximize this new found fame of ‘the most stable African nation’ to accelerate this innovation to demonstrate that green growth is actually no myth in West Africa. To demonstrate that Ghana can continue to attain double digit growth figures while demonstrating sound and sustainable natural resource management… We look forward to the discussions, activities and displays within the framework of WACEE 2013.”