UK- Liberia Energy Transition & Countdown to COP26

18th October 2021, London & Monrovia

EVENT SUMMARY

Against the background of the continued uncertainty around COVID-19 and its impact on international travel and in-person meetings, DMA are hosting an innovative hybrid event on the 18th October combining socially distanced physical meetings in London and Monrovia, connected by a digital bridge. For companies who wish to travel if it is safe to do so, there is the opportunity to join an in-person trade mission which shall run concurrently.

Focused on the energy transition, this event will connect business to business and business to government. Day one will see key principals and interlocutors from both governments introduced to the delegates and given the opportunity to present their positions in the run up to COP26, followed by 1-to-1 meetings between UK and Liberian businesses. On day two, British companies shall meet with pre-identified individuals within the Ministry of Mines and Energy, Rural and Renewable Energy Agency (RREA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other relevant authorities on a 1-to-1 basis.

 

DRAFT PROGRAMME

 

* pre-recorded

DAY ONE - 18th October

09:00 – 09:15:     Mission Opening*

  • HE Ambassador Gurly Gibson Schwarz, Liberian Ambassador to the United Kingdom
  • HMA Neil Bradley, British Ambassador to Liberia
  • The Lord Sheikh of Cornhill

09:15 – 09:30:   Mission Keynote*

  • HE Dee-Maxwell Kemayah, Sr., Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Liberia

09:30 – 09:40:    Diversifying Liberia’s Energy Mix*

  • Hon. Gesley Murray, Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy

09:40 – 10:10:    The Liberian offer*

This session will feature spotlight on solar, sustainable biomass, marine resources, energy efficiency, infrastructure and a discussion session.

  • Hon. Samuel Tweah, Minister of Finance and Development Planning
  • Hon. Jeanie M Cooper, Minister, Ministry of Agriculture
  • Mr. Joseph Williams, Executive Director, the Rural and Renewable Energy Agency
  • Hon. Monie Captan, Board Chair, Liberia Electricity Corporation
  • Hon. Wilson Tarpeh, Head, the Environmental Protection Agency

10:10 – 10:40:    Financing the Energy Transition and Investing to Achieve Net Zero*

  • Janet Rogan, COP26 Ambassador, Middle East and Africa 
  • Steven Gray, Head of Export Finance West Africa, UK Export Finance
  • Khwima Nthara, Country Manager Liberia, World Bank

10:40 – 11:25:    Introduction to UK Companies

This session will see UK companies introduced to Liberian companies via video link

11:25 – 12:10:     Introduction to Liberian Companies

This session will see Liberian companies introduced to UK companies via video link

12:10 – 13:30:     Lunch Break

13:30 – 17:30:     One-to-one meetings for the Delegation