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Mauritius' Strategic Role in Shaping Africa's Energy Landscape

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Mauritius’ Strategic Role in Shaping Africa’s Energy Landscape

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The upcoming 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the UAE will delve into discussions regarding the global transition to sustainable and low-carbon energy systems.

African nations confront a unique set of challenges and opportunities in this energy transition, encompassing both conventional and renewable energy sources. Despite the continent’s wealth in renewable resources, addressing infrastructural, financial, and developmental barriers is crucial to unlocking its full potential.

In this context, Mauritius emerges as a key player, poised to guide the African continent towards a sustainable energy future. Drawing on its strategic advantages, technological expertise, and commitment to environmental stewardship, Mauritius has the potential to catalyze positive change. This article explores how Mauritius can assume a central position in driving the energy transition across Africa.

Financial Facilitation: Channeling Investments for Diverse Energy Projects

With its robust financial sector, Mauritius is well-positioned to attract and mobilize investments for various energy projects across the African continent, both in conventional and renewable sectors. By cultivating investment-friendly frameworks, Mauritius can serve as a conduit for directing funds toward projects that address the diverse energy needs of African nations.

By acting as a financial intermediary, Mauritius can attract investors, structure financial instruments, and facilitate the flow of capital into projects that cater to Africa’s evolving energy demands.

For instance, in March 2023, the Mauritius Commercial Bank and ABSA Bank Limited played pivotal roles in the 100% acquisition of the energy company Lekela Power by Infinity Power for the value of $1.5 Billion. This landmark deal is considered one of the largest in Africa, making Lekela Power a prominent player in the energy sector on the continent.

Cross-Border Collaboration for Enhanced Energy Security

Mauritius can foster innovative partnerships between African nations and international stakeholders, promoting collaboration in both conventional and renewable energy sectors. By creating frameworks for research, development, and implementation, Mauritius can facilitate the emergence of regional energy solutions. Cross-border projects, such as interconnected energy grids, can enhance energy security, improve reliability, and promote sustainable development across the continent.

For example, Mauritius can leverage agreements signed with various economic blocs, facilitating collaboration between COMESA members and India through the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement (CECPA) in the energy sector.

Facilitating Technology Transfer for Both Sectors

Mauritius’ strategic geographical location makes it an ideal hub for facilitating the transfer of technologies in both conventional and renewable energy. The country has hosted conferences, workshops, and collaborative projects, providing a platform for knowledge exchange and partnerships.

Showcasing Success Stories: Inspiring Confidence in Both Energy Sectors

Mauritius has successfully integrated both conventional and renewable energy sources into its power generation mix, reducing dependency on fossil fuels. The government targets changing the energy mix to adapt to evolving needs.

By showcasing these achievements, Mauritius can inspire confidence among African nations, demonstrating the feasibility and benefits of adopting a diversified energy mix. The island’s success becomes a compelling example for others, highlighting the economic, environmental, and social advantages of embracing a mix of energy sources.

Mauritius, with its proven success in integrating both traditional and renewable energy sources, strategic location, financial acumen, and commitment to capacity building, can indeed serve as a platform to shape the energy landscape across the African continent. By leveraging its resources and expertise, Mauritius has the potential to contribute to a sustainable energy future that fosters economic development, environmental stewardship, and energy security for generations to come.

We, at Órama, are happy to assist you with your energy projects be it conventional or renewable, our team can advise you on the appropriate structure in line with your business objectives.

Contact us on nc@oramacorporate.com for more information.

 

Nitish Caullychurn

Head of Operations