Policy Alert has announced plans to hold a Special Panel Session on “The Energy Transition in Africa: An anti-corruption perspective” at the ongoing Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) holding this week at Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
The hybrid event, co-organised with Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) and other partner organisations, will hold at 12.00noon (Egypt time) tomorrow Friday December 17, 2021, at the St. Catherine Conference Room at the International Congress Centre, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt while virtual participants can join via Microsoft Teams at https://bit.ly/3p0lXBE.
A statement signed by the organisation’s Executive Director, Tijah Bolton-Akpan, said: “The energy transition has been heralded as a solution for both the energy and the climate crises. But corruption has not only exacerbated climate change but also severely limited the options for the energy transition.
“The reality we must face is that the road to a low carbon energy future is actually strewn with governance risks, and an effective and just transition must address those risks.
“The objective of this event is to reflect on the linkages between two big global challenges, corruption and climate change. It will promote cooperation between state and non-state actors across regions to support the low-carbon energy transition by resource-rich African states through an anti-corruption perspective.
“This panel session will therefore explore trends and options for resource rich African countries.”
Resource persons billed to speak at the UNCAC COSP9 high level side event include Olanrewaju Suraj, Executive Director, HEDA Resource Centre, Mrs. Olajobi Makinwa, Chief, Intergovernmental relations and Africa at the United Nations Global Compact, and Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji, Executive Director of Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).
Others include Tengi George-Ikoli of the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), Emir Suljovic of CISLAC/Transparency International -Nigeria.