Arrangements for the 3rd International Off-Grid Lighting Conference and Trade Fair are at advanced stages with highly topical sessions planned, and about 700 participants expected.
The conference is the premier event for off-grid lighting and serves as an important forum for networking and making B2B linkages, and shaping the future of the off-grid lighting market.
Central to the conference will be the release of the findings of the 2nd Africa Market Study, which will show the African market for off-grid lighting products has evolved in the past three years when dedicated efforts, such as the Lighting Africa program, were initiated to develop the market.
It is expected to provide invaluable insights on existing opportunities and challenges in developing markets for off-grid lighting products, evolving business models, consumer trends, product advances, and arising sustainability issues.
The first issue of the African market survey provided baseline information on the then envisioned off-grid market, strongly informing and shaping interventions that have steered the phenomenal growth recorded in the African off-grid lighting market to date.
Other pertinent issues to be featured at the conference include â€˜Financing across the supply chainâ€™, â€˜Reaching the last mile: Issues and approachesâ€™, policy updates and global quality assurance.
Speakers will include energy ministers, key industry players such as the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA) and TOTAL, and stakeholders including the UN Foundation.
Winners of the 2nd Global Lighting Products Awards will be announced at the conference. The Awards recognize off-grid lighting products that have passed rigorous quality testing and consumer evaluation, and are affordable.