The meeting gathered energy ministers and delegates from European and African countries to review progress in implementing the AEEP 2020 Targets and debate how to shape future Africa-EU relations in the energy sector in order to attract and substantially accelerate private investments. As part of the discussion, Secretariat experts presented the Energy Charter Treaty – an international legal instrument especially designed for ensuring a stable climate for private investments in the energy sector at the governmental, corporate and project level.
The concluding Addis Ababa Communiqué states among other the objective: "to continue implementing the conducive reforms on policy and regulatory frameworks in Africa in order to provide an enabling environment and enhanced capacities for increased private sector investments which will ultimately contribute to the achievement of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership 2020 Targets".
In the margins of the Meeting, Energy Charter Secretariat experts held bilateral meetings with the Commissioner for Energy of the African Union as well as with ministerial delegations from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, South Africa and Uganda.
The Africa-EU Energy Partnership is a joint tool for cooperation in the energy field between Europe and Africa, which was launched in 2007 at the EU-Africa summit in Lisbon. Under the AEEP the two continents share know-how, connect resources, and work to coordinate energy policies to improve access to energy and achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The AEEP is currently co-chaired by he Governments of Austria, Germany and Mauritius, by the African Union Commission and by the European Commission.