Fiona Hyslop, the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs joins Commonwealth Government Ministers and High Commissioners from Cameroon, Guinea, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda as well as delegates from Commonwealth Universities, NGOs and the oil and gas industry at the first Commonwealth Conference on Energy, Equity and Development in Scotland, organised jointly by African Forum Scotland and the University of Aberdeen’s Centre for Sustainable International Development.
Ms Hyslop delivers the opening address to the conference which takes place on Tuesday 22 July at the University of Strathclyde’s Barony Conference facility between 10.15 am and 5 pm. The conference continues with a keynote address from Dr Yumkella, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and Chief Executive for the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Initiative based in Vienna followed by workshops to promote energy equity and development at the national level which are chaired by Commonwealth country representatives.
The afternoon session is based around case studies drawn from Malawi and Kenya and a speech on energy inequity in Scotland from the Chair of the Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum.
“Sustainable energy and the ending of fuel poverty is vital to economic stability and prosperity around the world and is a particularly important issue for countries across Africa,” comments Beltus Ojong, Chief Executive of African Forum Scotland. “This conference will highlight the challenges and suggest solutions, based on real experience already gained in Africa through Scotland’s pioneering development work.”