The African Suite at the 2023 Middle East Energy Exhibition and Conference in Dubai soft launched the inaugural edition of the African Energy Expo.

The Expo is scheduled for Feb 2024 in Kigali, Rwanda and it will be an extension of Middle East Energy’s 48-year legacy. It is aimed at promoting sustainable, innovative energy sources and driving the African energy transition.

The new addition to the already energy portfolio of the company was announced by Azzan Mohamed, Exhibition Director – Energy Portfolio MEA; Ade Yesufu, Exhibition Manager – Energy Portfolio MEA; and members of the Rwandan government represented by H.E Emmanuel Hategeka, the Ambassador of Rwanda to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Yves Gahonzire, Business Development Manager, Rwanda Convention Bureau.

In his remarks, Azzan Mohamed detailed how the upcoming event will create more avenues for Pan-African energy sectors to strengthen relationships and unlock investment opportunities. He said, “Since inception, the goal of Middle East Energy has been to drive transformation in the energy sectors of the Middle East and African regions. We have played a strategic role in bridging the gap between buyers, sellers, and all agents in the energy and power ecosystem through our events portfolio which includes Middle East Energy, Nigeria Energy, and Egypt Energy. The upcoming African Energy Expo will drive our goal forward by fostering collaborations between stakeholders across East, West, North, South, and Central African countries. In addition to being a platform for the discovery of the latest technological innovations, it will feature a high-level Leadership Forum with engaging panel discussions, keynotes, and networking opportunities.”

The Ambassador of Rwanda to the UAE, H.E Emmanuel Hategeka, also said “We are delighted to host this event in Rwanda, a country that has made positive advancements in the energy transition to renewables but is also the second most attractive MICE destination on the continent. Over the past two decades, we have consciously invested in the stability, safety, as well as infrastructure of the country and ensured that Rwanda is an open-to-business nation.

Middle East Energy is the leading energy industry event in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. Every year, it provides a platform for energy leaders to debate and shape the future of energy transition in the region.