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One of the many effects of living through a global pandemic is that everything had to go virtual from how we learn to how we earn. That’s why at this year’s Huawei Connect event, we Dive into Digital. While the world is slowly starting to go back to normal, many things are still virtual – including this event. Organizations and individuals will have the chance to present their scenarios and problems to the experts and find out how Huawei’s solutions and products can solve them The first keynote of the event is presented by Huawei South Africa CEO, Mr. Spawn Fan, discussing the Road to Digital Transformation in South Africa. Just last year, Mr. Fan attended the launch of Huawei’s free 5G training courses at the Walter Sisulu University (WSU). The program was key in Huawei’s efforts to facilitating digital transformation because WSU is focused on rural development through science and technology – which is exactly what Huawei wants to achieve countrywide. This event highlights Huawei’s passion for development through 5G, Artificial Intelligence, and the use of the Cloud to make organizations of all shapes and sizes across all industries more efficient and adaptable as we move to reinvigorate the economy. Rotating Chairman of Huawei South Africa, Mr. Eric Xu will present the second keynote, giving a detailed explanation of Huawei’s strategy for deep digitization. Having worked at Huawei for almost 30 years, Mr. Xu’s knowledge and wealth of experience is a fountain you want to drink from! He will discuss Huawei’s ICT products and solutions to accelerate connections to hundreds of industries and help you accumulate industry knowledge through reliable and sufficient storage. The Huawei Connect Event comes just a few weeks after Huawei South Africa hosted their Education Summit during which they explored innovative solutions and products that facilitate the existence of smarter and safer campuses in the country. During this robust discussion, speakers touched on how Huawei’s use of Artificial Intelligence, the Cloud, and advanced storage methods make digital transformation in South Africa possible. By that standard, this event promises to be informative and insightful. And if that is not enough to convince you, the event will shed light on Huawei’s experience and best practices from their work with partners and customers, and explain how we can build an active ecosystem leading to shared success. Organizations and individuals will have the chance to present their scenarios and problems to the experts and find out how Huawei’s solutions and products can solve them. In addition to being privy to the wonderful plans Huawei has for South African ICT, you will explore innovations for industry apps and have the opportunity to exchange ideas with expert technicians. But wait, there’s more! You also have the chance to connect with industry visionaries and leaders. Who knows, you might even get the chance to explore business opportunities. You can also look forward to an enlightening speech from guest speakers and stand a chance to win awesome prizes!

 

The African Energy Guarantee Facility (AEGF) is launching a virtual roadshow of free webinars allowing a deeper understanding of risk issues for renewable energy projects on the continent, and conversations around risk mitigation solutions. The first webinar will take place on Thursday, 23 September from 14:30-16:00 hrs. EAT.

The session will be oriented on how to get more energy projects from the drawing board to the grid. While the energy demand in African economies is expected to nearly double by 2040, and although the potential for renewable energy is 1,000 times larger than the demand, only 2GW out of almost 180GW of this new renewable power was added on the African continent.

Across Africa, the complexity of renewable energy projects and their long tenors hold back crucial energy investment

Clearly not good enough! To improve the situation within the next two decades, new solutions need to be implemented urgently. De-risking and promoting private sector investments will play a crucial part in it.

In this 90-min interactive session, AEGF partners: the European Investment Bank (EIB), KfW Development Bank, Munich Re and the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI) will share their experience and provide valuable insights on how they were able to come together and design practical solutions for investors and financiers of green energy projects in Africa aligned with SDG7 objectives.

Across Africa, the complexity of renewable energy projects and their long tenors hold back crucial energy investment. Tailored to the specific needs and risk profiles of sustain­able energy projects, AEGF will tackle the investment challenge by providing underwriting expertise and capacity tailored to market needs.

The AEGF will significantly boost private investment in sustainable energy projects, both expanding access to clean energy and contribute to achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals. The scheme supports new private sector investment in eligible renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy access projects in sub-Saharan Africa.

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