Clean Energy Networks to Stimulate a Green Recovery

17th of September 2020 | 12:00 – 13:30

Event Overview

On 17 September in the margins of the 11th Clean Energy Ministerial hosted by Saudi Arabia, the CEM Regional and Global Energy Interconnection (RGEI) initiative will host a roundtable meeting on the topic of “Clean Energy Networks to Stimulate a Green Recovery”.

Improving cross-border and regional energy trade can introduce greater flexibility into power networks, enable the integration of more renewable energy, and reduce the need for costly generation assets. That is why regional efforts are gaining momentum in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, and addressing challenges around market design and cybersecurity.

As countries emerge from the economic crisis wrought by COVID-19, stimulus efforts should contribute to a sustainable and resilient post-crisis growth pathway. This RGEI roundtable will bring together leaders and champions of regional power markets from around the world to discuss how investing in energy and power trade can contribute to a green recovery in those different contexts.


Mattew Wittenstein
Chief of Connectivity Section, UNESCAP

Nobuo Tanka
Chairman, Sasakawa Peace Foundation (formerly IEA)

Dr. Nuki Utama
Executive Director, ASEAN Centre for Energy

Dr. Jorge Rivera Staff
Secretary of Energy, Panama and MER Board of Directors, Panama Secretariat of Energy

Ahmed al-Ibrahim
CEO, Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA)

Dr. Stephen Dihwa
Executive Director, Southern Africa Power Pool Coordination Centre

Phillip Cornell
Senior Fellow and RGEI Coordinator, Atlantic Council


12:00 – 12.05

Phillip Cornell, Senior Fellow Atlantic Council and RGEI Coordinator

12.05 – 12.25

Clean Energy Trade in Asia
Matthew Wittenstein; Nobuo Tanaka; Nuki Utama

12.25 – 12.45

Regional Energy Interconnections Around the World
Dr Jorge Rivera Staff; Ahmed al-Ibrahim; Dr Stephen Dihwa