Date: Jul 22, 2023
Powering Progress in the Global South: Accessible and affordable clean energy for all

As global economies prime themselves to transition towards green and clean sources of energy, amidst rising global warming concerns and the concomitant international pressure to curb GHG emissions, the principles of energy equity and justice must remain central to the energy transitions agenda. The ensuing global energy crises, characterised by market volatility, energy price inflation, and disruptions in energy value chains, continue to threaten access to affordable energy supplies. These shocks on fuel, fertiliser, and food disproportionately impact the Global South countries.

The Indian G20 Presidency has highlighted universal access to modern and sustainable energy to all as a key priority for the ETWG. This side event will seek to explore collaborative opportunities among the Global South nations to advance access to affordable energy and enhance 'South-South' cooperation on clean energy development and deployment. The objective will be to share best practices and learnings in policy and regulatory design, explore opportunities for technology co-development and transfer, assess capacity building and technical assistance support for scale up and deployment of renewables, and seek mechanisms to facilitate private sector investment in energy infrastructure.


Time Agenda Item Participants
09:00-09:05 Opening Remarks Samir Saran, Chair, Think20 India Secretariat; President, Observer Research Foundation, India
09:05- 09:45 Inaugural Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, India
09:45 - 10:10 Tea/Coffee Break
10:10- 10:15 Video  Message:  Role  of  Philanthropy  in  driving inclusive energy transitions Antha N. Williams, Head, Climate Program, Bloomberg Philanthropies
10:15 - 11:00 Context Setting: India-Africa Collaboration as a lever for ending energy poverty Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and UN SRSG, SEforALL Sumant Sinha, CEO and Chairman, ReNew Moderator: Samir Saran, Chair, Think20 India Secretariat; President, Observer Research Foundation, India
11:00 – 11:45 Panel Discussion 1: South-South  cooperation  for universal energy access Herbert Krapa, Deputy Minister for Energy, Ghana Roselinda Soipan Tuya, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Sanitation, Kenya Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency Moderator: Kanika Chawla, Chief of Staff, SEforALL *10 minutes reserved for Q /A with the audience
11:45 – 12:05 Tea/Coffee Break
12:05 – 12:15 Keynote Address: Role of MDBs in mobilizing capital for energy security Junaid Kamal Ahmad, Vice President of Operations at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), World Bank
12:15 – 12:25 Keynote Address:    Unleashing the Power of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Saurabh Kumar, Vice President-India, Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP)
12:25 – 13:10 Panel   Discussion   2:   Opportunities  for  Capacity Building on Key Clean Energy Technologies between India-Africa (Technical Session) Subhrakant Panda, President, The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), India Gurdeep Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC), India Jacqueline Mukangira, High Commissioner of Rwanda to India, Rwanda Ahmed Sule, High Commissioner of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to India, Nigeria Moderator: Mannat Jaspal, Associate Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, India *10 minutes reserved for Q/A with the audience
13:10-13:15 Closing Remarks

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