The 3rd edition of the International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC) took place in Nairobi, Kenya on 30 September and 1 October 2016. The Conference was organized by IRENA in partnership with the Kenya Ministry of Energy & Petroleum and the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE). The conference brought together over 550 stakeholders from across the off-grid renewable energy value chain, including representatives from rural electrification agencies, ministries in charge of renewable energy development, private sector, academia, financing institutions and international organisations.
As a contribution to the success of the IOREC, the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), in collaboration with the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP), hosted an off-grid matchmaking event the day before IOREC on 29 September.
Participants at B2B
The event featured structured B2B and B2Finance matchmaking sessions and aimed at facilitating networking and identification of business partners and financiers for the participants, as well as advancing existing projects at different stages of maturity. A total of 102 participants attended the matchmaking, which held a final number of 218 meetings. This very successful event was concluded by a high-level reception, where talks between the stakeholders continued.
This matchmaking event took place one day before the IOREC conference and exhibition, which was organised by both IRENA and ARE. The conference featured presentations and panel discussion of key stakeholders from the off-grid sector. Its aim was to contribute to the knowledge sharing and networking among stakeholders of this flourishing sector. Furthermore, an exhibition took place, where RECP and other participants presented their initiatives and businesses to interested visitors.