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  • New call for proposals!

    Within the framework of the AEWEN, a project co-financed by the European Union under the COSME – Clusters go international programme, a three-day trade mission to Senegal is being organised to encourage face-to-face interactions between European and Senegalese companies and to foster the development of business and research partnerships.

    The AEWEN consortium is looking for a subcontractor to organise the mission, which will include various activities: a welcome reception, information sessions, presentations by key stakeholders, networking sessions (B2B) and visits to relevant sites.

    Participation in tendering procedures is open under equal conditions to all natural and legal persons. Economic actors may create a consortium to answer to the present call. Partners supporting the project are allowed to submit a proposal.

    Applications will be selected according to common and transparent criteria. They will be reviewed by the AEWEN consortium. The contract will be awarded to the proposal offering best value for money.

    The application must be submitted in PDF format in French or English by 15 December 2022, 18:00 GMT.

    If you are interested and wish to receive the detailed call for proposal, please send an email to: Mélissa Chibko, with cc to


    From 8th to 11th November, Ecomondo and Key Energy fairs took place. They both are worldwide recognised and are really important for the environmental sector: Ecomondo focuses on waste & resources, circular bioeconomy and water, while Key Energy is specialised in renewable energies, energy efficiency and e-mobility.

    Our partner Environment Park participated in the fair with a virtual booth, that gave them some visibility to the projects they are part of, including AEWEN. It was also a chance to meet some members of the network and new companies that may be potentially interested in the project.

    The AEWEN team managed to sign a cooperation agreement with the Technopark of Borj Cédria, an ecopark based in Tunisia. It was a great occasion to meet personally the CEO and Director of innovation and technological development of the park and to discuss about common interests.

    During the fair, the team followed some events concerning renewable energy and water treatment projects, technologies and opportunities in emerging markets. They were led by the World Bank and hosted the African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Investment Bank (EIB), among others.

  • Webinar “Water & Energy Opportunities in Senegal”

    Water & Energy Opportunities in Senegal – Overview 

    Presenting opportunities in the water and energy sectors in Senegal was the objective of the webinar organised by the AEWEN consortium in cooperation with 8 Senegalese stakeholders on 29 September. The event was a success with about 50 participants from 8 African and European countries.

    Investment opportunities

    Senegal’s investments and economic strategy are currently based on the Emerging Senegal Plan (PSE – 2014-2023), introduced by Mr. Félix Daby DIACK of the Bureau Opérationnel de Suivi du PSE. This strategy aims by 2035 inclusive growth that will help reduce inequalities, and effectively and sustainably finance human development and good governance.

    The country provides opportunities in various sectors, including energy, water & sanitation. Ms. Adama GUEYE from APIX, underlined the active role that the private sector has to play. 

    Which place for renewable energies?

    Ms. Yaye Catherine DIOP, presented the energy strategy of the Ministry of Oil & Energy, whose challenges are to diversify energy sources and to connect them to the network and extend it. In terms of electrification, one of the main opportunities lies in the Gas to Power strategy. 

    The development of renewable energies is also an inherent part of the strategy. Their share in the mix has increased by 22% between 2012 and 2021. Many actors are involved: institutional actors, the private sector, NGOs and civil society, as well as universities and training centres. The members of the Conseil Patronal des Energies Renouvelables du Sénégal (COPERES), Mr. SIOW, Mr. DIOUM and Mr. NIASSE, presented these actors, the governance of the renewable energy sector and its challenges.

    Finally, the renewable energy sector is based on a legal and regulatory framework, described by Mr. Kader DIOP of the National Agency for Renewable Energies (ANER). The latest amendments concern the electricity code and the law on the regulator.

    Numerous projects are being programmed, both by the Ministry of Oil & Energy and ANER.

    How to achieve universal access to sanitation and water? 

    The World Water Forum held in Dakar in March 2022 raised important questions on water and also sanitation issues. The Office National pour l’Assainissement au Sénégal (ONAS) wants to reach universal access to sanitation in urban and rural areas by 2030. There are still many technical and financial challenges, as explained by Mr. Kader KONATE during the webinar. These include the renewal and reinforcement of existing facilities, wastewater treatment, the exploitation of by-products, the search for new financing and long-term funding.

    The private sector has a role to play in achieving this objective, as Ms. Christine FAYE of SIVICA pointed out. She also addressed the challenges encountered today, such as the difficulty to access finance for small businesses and the need to scale solutions to meet the needs of the population. There is high potential to develop solutions and improve sanitation in Senegal. 

    Following these first exchanges on water & energy, a joint mission will be organised in Senegal in 2023. In the meantime, the webinar is available for replay.
  • The AEWEN project has one year!

    One year ago, four European clusters specialised in the water and energy sectors launched an ambitious project: AEWEN for Africa Europe Water & Energy Network.

    What is the AEWEN project?

    This European funded project aims to build a sustainable African-European network to encourage collaborations on innovative water and green energy solutions and to support the internationalisation of SMEs. Three African countries are involved in this project: Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia.

    Visit the project website for further information.

    What has been achieved so far?

    • 146 members joined the network and were mapped according to their activity
    • 9 partnerships signed with key stakeholders in Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia
    • 3 workshops with African partners
    • 3 webinars organised for companies with the aim to explain the project, to share experience and intelligence on countries.
    • 1 internationalisation strategy
    • 91 companies and business organisations participated in AEWEN’s activities
    • 2 international fairs (IFAT Munich & World Water Forum Dakar) and many more events to promote the network

    What’s next?

    Over 2023, webinars will be organised for companies to gain knowledge on funding opportunities and key topics to support their internationalisation. In addition, SMEs will have the opportunity to take part in collective business missions to Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia.

    Stay tuned for further information on AEWEN’s activities!

  • Mission to Morocco

    The first mission of the AEWEN project, to be carried out in Casablanca (Morocco), is only a short time away. If you are interested in knowing the opportunities that this country offers in the water and energy sectors, this is your chance! The mission will take place from 12th to 14th December 2022.

    Are you joining us on this mission? You can register here until 23rd September 2022. Places are limited to 15 companies, don’t miss the opportunity!