Confronted by the challenges posed of bringing people together during a period of continued global health concerns, the organisers of the Africa Energy Forum (aef) and Africa Investment Exchange (AIX): Power & Renewables have agreed to work in parallel to hold their industry-leading events in London during the week of 15-19 November.
Africa Energy Forum organiser EnergyNet has moved the leading industry event to London in “exceptional circumstances”, says managing director Simon Gosling. “Our over-arching theme for the Africa Energy Forum 2021 is ‘Reunited. In one place’. By partnering with AIX we aim to send a message to the conference world that we are stronger together and that in times of crisis we can unite behind a common goal to better support continent wide business development – now is not the time to undermine one another, but to support each other considering the unprecedented last 18 months we have all faced.”
CbI Meetings and African Energy traditionally hold their flagship AIX: Power & Renewables event at RSA House in mid-November. “AIX is a different kind of event, held under the Chatham House Rule to stimulate frank discussion. This year, with the COP26 outcomes to dissect, is no exception,” says Cross-border Information (CbI) chairman and African Energy founder Jon Marks. “AIX and aef have always operated extremely amicably in parallel to each other and the message to the markets we serve is that that will not only continue but will be consolidated.”
The events will take place at venues across London – aef based at the London Marriott hotel on 15-17 November and AIX at RSA House on 17-18 November – each retaining their own flavour.
There are plans to hold a joint reception in the historic surroundings of RSA House on the evening of 17 November.