On March 2-4, 2020, the main annual African Energy Forum “Africa Energy Indaba” was held in Cape Town, South Africa. At the invitation of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy of the Government of South Africa, Chairman of the BRICS Youth Energy Agency Alexander Kormishin took part in the forum as a speaker.

The Africa Energy Indaba Forum is the central platform for professional and government consultations on strategic issues related to the development of the energy industry of the countries of the African continent. This year the forum welcomed over 4,000 participants, 350 CEOs of energy companies from Africa and other continents. Within the framework of the forum, ministerial consultations were held, as well as women and – for the first time – youth conferences.

The Youth in Energy Conference welcomed young professionals, scientists and students of universities from South Africa and other countries of the continent. The event was hosted by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy of the Government of South Africa.

Welcoming remarks were delivered by Elizabeth Marabwa, Chief Director in the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy. The forum was attended by Elsie Monale, Chief Director (Nuclear Energy) , Dr. Kande Yumkella, Advisor and former Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Wassim Carrim, CEO of the National Agency for Youth Development of the Republic of South Africa. Other key forum speakers included representatives from Eskom, Schlumberger and the country’s independent energy companies.

One of the three key sessions of the conference was devoted to the involvement of South African youth in BRICS energy research, primarily the BRICS Youth Energy Outlook, which was presented by BRICS YEA Chairperson Alexander Kormishin.

Participation in the forum was made possible thanks to financial support (in the form of air tickets) of the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs (Rosmolodezh).