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  • Palma de Mallorca, Spain - 3 Days
    April 26

    4th International Conference on Solar Technologies & Hybrid Mini Grids to Improve Energy Access

    On behalf of the Partner Organizations, we are pleased to announce and invite you to join the 4th edition of the International Conference on Solar Technologies and Hybrid Mini-Grids to improve energy access, at the Universitat de les Illes Balears in Palma, Spain on April 26-28, 2023.

    The 3rd edition was successfully held in a complex COVID-environment in 2021 in a hybrid format with many participants attending physically. It was a real pleasure to meet again, and participants encouraged us to carry on this conference series in a face-to-face format. This 4th edition is going to be face-to face although the organizers will prepare some contingency plans just in case the pandemic threatens again.

    As in previous editions, the main objective is to provide an opportunity for an exchange between practitioners from the industry, academia, and development institutions working in the field of decentralized energy access and local development. The conference will cover hands-on technical, social, and environmental considerations, and business and management aspects with the aim of sharing experiences, learning from each other, and networking.

    Solar PV and thermal technologies and other decentralized renewable energy technologies offer a unique opportunity to provide access to modern energy services to more than 1 billion people lacking access to energy in ru ral areas worldwide. Access to modern energy is an enabler and a necessity condition to improve the livelihood of households, to increase productivity of micro and small enterprises, to improve services of public institutions, and to provide crisis response to displaced communities.

    However, access to energy should be imbedded in cross-sectoral activities to achieve maximum impact. Thus, energizing health centres and schools will lead to better medical services and education if energy efficient appliances are included and proper management schemes are in place. Local enterprises can invest in electrical equipment or solar thermal systems if they have access to finance and markets. Mini-grids can transform communities if the potential of energy is enhanced. It is the intention of the conference to discuss the nexuses of energy access with other sectors more in depth providing a forum to exchange hands-on experiences and innovative approaches, with a focus on the end users and how to catalyse uses of energy to impact the sustainable development goals.

    The conference will provide an overview on the status in different solar technology areas and provide a space for exchange between participants, presenting their results from scientific research and experiences from the field.

    We, as chairs, would be pleased to welcome you to the conference and encourage you to actively contribute to a successful event.
    Werner Weiss, AEEINTEC, Austria                                                          Xavier Vallvé, Trama TecnoAmbiental, Spain

  • Lagos, Nigeria - 2 Days
    April 26

    GTR West Africa 2023: A New Dawn: Plotting a Course for West African Trade

    Global Trade Review returns to Lagos on April 26-27, where GTR West Africa 2023 will once again bring together the leading minds in trade, supply chain, export and infrastructure financing for two days of unrivalled networking and lively debate.

    Amongst the very first significant market gatherings to take place following Nigeria’s historic 2023 general election, the next edition of this long-established series comes highly anticipated and perfectly timed to facilitate dealmaking as Africa’s largest economy springs back into action.

    Welcoming a distinguished speaker roster featuring the region’s leading corporates, financiers and digital innovators, expert-led discussion will assess evolving trade opportunities and financing conditions under Nigeria’s new President and in key markets across West Africa.

    With a strong emphasis on high quality networking and audience interaction, GTR West Africa 2023 provides the unique opportunity to join debate on themes ranging hard currency liquidity and the need to boost food security, to sovereign debt sustainability concerns, infrastructure financing and the fintech innovations supporting the establishment and growth of West African supply chains.


    Event discussion themes include:

    • Hard currency trade liquidity challenges and solutions
    • Boosting food security with specialised finance
    • Infrastructure financing and sovereign debt sustainability
    • Key innovations across the digital trade ecosystem
    • Building resilience into African supply chains


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