Africa Energy Forum paved concrete business growth path to Africa

Open mind to business in Africa - Africa Energy Forum paved concrete growth path to Africa

Sep 30, 2016
Renewables & smart grid
Energy production & distribution

Cleantech Finland, in cooperation with the largest energy cluster in the Nordic countries Technology Center Merinova, organised the first annual Africa Energy Forum on 20-23 September in Helsinki, Finland. The event gathered a high-level African business delegation that included big private and public sector companies and one of Africa’s largest trade unions. The participants represent top energy expertise from Morocco, Tanzania, Algeria, Tunisia and Namibia.

The 10 private sector companies that took part are all notable energy players in their markets, totalling a turnover of over EUR 2,3 billion and with some of the representatives having 500 MW and 250 MW installed capacity of wind and solar respectively. With CEOs and founders taking part, there was no question that the Africans where in Finland to do business. 

Good partners and open mind keys to success

From the get-go, the visitors showed an open-minded and straightforward willingness to invest in the Finnish production processes related especially to renewable energy (mainly solar), smart metering, mini grid solution, and components that would serve the local market needs. 

Open-mindedness truly was the tag word for the whole forum. The African message was clear: to grab the lucrative opportunities African energy markets offer, Finnish companies need to have an open mind towards doing business in Africa. Also having good partners was highlighted as another vital success factor.

And this is where Cleantech Finland’s Renewables & Smart Grid Growth Program comes into play; the program connects Finnish energy companies with verified Business Opportunities as well as partners in the African markets. Many discussions were already commenced between Finnish and African participants, with at least two concrete agreements moving to the feasibility studies phase.

Power for Africa event next step in Africa 

Africa Energy Forum was, therefore, a kick-start to building a concrete, long-term business path to African energy markets, and now sights are set towards Power for Africa Forum in Tunis, Tunisia organised on 30-31 January 2017. The forum will gather the key African decision-makers from utilities, mining industries, IPP, financiers and manufacturers. 

To perfect a very successful start to a fruitful Finnish-African energy partnership, Africa Energy Forum finished in a very Finnish fashion. The visitors got to experiense an extremely concrete showcase of world-class Finnish cleantech expertise: enjoying the sauna and spa at Allas Sea Pool in Helsinki. Allas is an urban spa in the centre of Helsinki that utilises a variety of Finnish solution that enable the sustainable use of the fragile Helsinki seaside. 

Cleantech Finland would like to welcome all Finnish companies working in the renewable energy and smart grid sectors to participate in making Africa the next growth market for Finland.


To get more information on Renewables & Smart Grid Growth Program opportunities in Africa, please contact:

Jussi Vanhanen, Program Director, Cleantech Finland, Finpro

Ching-Yi Wang, Program Coordinator, Cleantech Finland, Finpro


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