African Energy Week 2023: One Week to Go Until the African Energy Renaissance

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The largest gathering of energy stakeholders on the African continent is gearing up to welcome movers and shakers from across the African and global energy industries for four days of dialogue and deals.

African Energy Week (AEW) – dubbed the premier event for the African energy sector – is the foremost platform to sign deals and further the agenda towards making energy poverty history by 2030. Taking place from October 16-20 at the Cape Town International Convention Center, delegates have a lot to look forward to during this year’s event.

Africa’s energy industry is both the backbone of the continent’s economy and a catalyst for sustainable growth worldwide. Over 125.3 billion barrels of crude oil and 620 trillion cubic feet of proven gas, coupled with unparalleled renewable energy resources and world-class deposits of minerals, have made the continent the hottest play for energy investment in 2023. At home, these resources are poised to unlock a new era of industrialization and economic growth, while globally, are set to advance the transition towards an energy secure and sustainable future.

Unleashing this vast potential is paramount to meeting the continent’s energy demand, and for a region where 600 million people grapple with energy poverty and over 900 million lack access to clean cooking, securing energy investment takes center stage. AEW 2023 places energy poverty alleviation and people-centric development at the forefront, spearheading transformative change while fostering the growth of local content initiatives. Simultaneously, it offers a unique platform for the continent to expedite the diversification of its energy sources. In an era of global energy transition, Africa recognizes its potential to contribute to sustainable and low-carbon practices in both oil and gas and renewable energy.

As the epicenter for influential experts, industry leaders, government officials, and stakeholders from Africa and around the globe, AEW 2023 represents both a diverse and highly comprehensive event, featuring topics targeted at the entire energy value chain. Panel discussions explore critical themes across the hydrocarbon industry such as Global Energy Security: The Imperative of African Energy Development; Natural Gas and African Sustainable Development; Africa’s New Oil and Gas Hotspots; Pipeline Projects Reshaping Africa’s Oil and Gas Landscape; Maximizing Revenue in Mature Fields; and many more. The Africa Farmout Forum connects capital and players to frontier opportunities while the African Export-Import Bank deal rooms lays the foundation for partnerships and investment to be forged.  

Underscoring Africa’s future role as a hydrogen and economic hub, further discussions will take place on topics such as Africa and Europe Unleashing the Green Hydrogen Revolution; Creating Africa’s Energy Value Chain; Africa’s Future Clean Coal Industry; the Fundamental Role of Logistics; Industry Support for a Nuclear-Powered Africa and more. High-level roundtables illuminate pressing issues, offering tangible solutions while fostering a collaborative energy market in Africa. Featured roundtables will be led by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC); the International Energy Forum; Saudi Arabia; the United States; and others, with additional roundtables covering topics such as women and youth in energy.

Going beyond generalized dialogue, AEW 2023 proudly hosts a strong lineup of country spotlight sessions in collaboration with the respective National Oil Companies and energy and petroleum ministries. Countries such as South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, Algeria, Mozambique, Kenya and many more are taking place, offering delegates first-hand insight into emerging opportunities in both established and frontier markets.

All of these discussions are spearheaded by energy experts, Government officials, thought leaders and players from both Africa and the global energy community. The conference itself is opened by Namibian President Hage Geingob, Senegalese President Macky Sall and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, alongside the respective energy and petroleum minister from Egypt, Congo, South Africa, Ghana, South Sudan and more. Organizations such as OPEC, the African Petroleum Producers Organization, S&P Global, the Gas Exporting Countries Forum; and more will also deliver opening addresses. Such introductions pave the way for high-level and productive discussions.

“AEW 2023 provides an unparalleled platform to forge partnerships, share knowledge, and drive progress in Africa’s energy sector. It is our collective responsibility to prioritize energy poverty alleviation and sustainable development, ensuring a brighter future for all Africans,” stated NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the AEC.

Under the theme, ‘The African Energy Renaissance: Prioritizing Energy Poverty, People, the Planet, Industrialization, and Free Markets,’ AEW 2023 will chart a new course for Africa’s energy landscape. Join the conference now and be part of the African Energy renaissance.

AEW is the AEC’s annual conference, exhibition and networking event. AEW 2023 will unite African energy policymakers and stakeholders with global investors to discuss and maximize opportunities within the continent’s entire energy industry. For more information about AEW 2023, visit