On September 16th kicked off the new COSME European project, AEWEN for African-EU Water and Energy Network) whose aim is to develop and implement a joint internationalisation strategy to help European SMEs go international in three specific selected African countries, (Morocco, Senegal, and Tunisia) and help respond to the African demand for green energy and water solutions. The AEWEN project will last 30 months, up to March 2024

Help respond to the African demand for green solutions

According to the International Energy Agency, the rapid economic and population growth in Africa will have deep implications for the energy sector. This trend, together with the falling costs of key renewable technologies, will lead to a new period of dynamism among the African policy makers and the African business communities, opening to new avenues for innovation and growth.

At the same time the investments from public and private agents related to achieve water supply, sanitation and water resources management SDGs goals targeted in Africa, create new opportunities to EU companies to collaborate with the local organisations to achieve those goals.

That gives Africa a huge potential related not just to energy transition but also to innovations in the water sector. Both energy and water infrastructures are closely related and, in many cases, local public authorities and/or agencies are responsible for both infrastructures and provisions.


3 African countries partners

Morocco, Senegal, and Tunisia have been selected as the three target countries for the project because of their expected growth in the renewable energy sector and a good ranking in the World Bank’s “Doing Business” 2020 study.


4 experienced European clusters

Within this context, the AEWEN project integrates four well established European clusters specialised in complementary areas of energy and water. These four clusters have previous experience in international projects and share a common vision of internationalisation services to support their SMEs. The involved clusters are: Tenerrdis as coordinator of the project and based in Grenoble, France ; ENVIRONMENT PARK based in Turin, Italy ; the Catalan Water Partnership (CWP), based in Girona, Spain ; and Tweed based in Liège, Belgium.

The previous track record, the activities carried out in Africa and the already existing connections in Africa give the clusters the needed experience to execute this new project. All together, they are involving more than 400 European SMEs.

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