Wednesday, November 27, 2013

West Africa's flagship event WACEE '13: Teaming up for partnership in RE & environmental protection

Excellent event. 70 speakers. 41 exhibitors. 1,051 visitors from 22 countries. 70.3% decision makers.

WACEE '13 has reached a new high as 1,051 visitors (450 in 2012, + 133%) from 22 countries have participated at the event.

And what is as important: according to the visitors’ survey, 70.3 % of the visitors were decision makers. 

More than 70 speakers gave presentations at the 3-day conference and 41 exhibitors showcased their latest technologies and solutions. Top-level ministers, diplomats and CEO’s gave WACEE ’13 a fantastic kick-off.

The visitors came from Australia, Benin, Brazil, Canada, France, Ghana, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Netherlands, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Senegal, South Africa, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom and USA.

Main results of the exhibitors’ survey:
95.8% of the exhibitors would recommend WACEE’13.
92.8% of the exhibitors were satisfied or very satisfied with WACEE’13 as a whole.
72.2% of the exhibitors regard the online market place as helpful to promote their business and products.


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.”

WACEE'13, West Africa’s major energy, electrical engineering and environmental exhibition & conference is organised by AHK Ghana-Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana and the German trade fair specialists fairtrade.

Make sure you get the most out of your visit!


Germany left a heavy footprint at WACEE'13. The German participation consisted of the participation of the German federal state of North-Rhine Westphalia and individual German exhibitors.

In addition, 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” was held alongside the trade fair, organised in cooperation between giz and AHK Ghana-Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana.

The organisers like to thank giz-Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit for the immense contribution for the co-organization of the conferences as well as the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) in the context of the ”renewables – Made in Germany” initiative.

Substantial institutional support. The organisers are grateful towards the substantial institutional support. The event enjoys the official support of the Ghanaian Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, the Ministry for Water Resources, Works and Housing and the Metropolitan Assemblies.

WACEE partners with the Volta River Authority, GRIDCCO, the Electricity Company Ghana, the Energy Commission, the Public Utilities Regulatory, GNPC and the Ghana Chamber of Mines and Environmental Protection Agency, the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Sustainable Energy Association.

Thank you to our sponsors!
We like to express our gratitude towards the sponsors of WACEE'13:

Energiebau and SMA Solar Technology as the Platinum Sponsors.

PwC is the Silver Sponsor.

The WACEE portal. For the first time in West Africa, the organisers have launched an interactive Online Market Place for WACEE'13 connecting buyers and sellers 24/7. The WACEE portal is an interactive online community that allows exhibitors and visitors to connect before, during and after the event.

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

• …

Click-here to find your business opportunities in Ghana!

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