March 27, 2023 at 17:00 - March 27, 2023 at 20:00

Many partner countries of German Development Cooperation have high ambitions and promising potentials for renewable energy and Power-to-X (PtX) production. Their goals are to industrialise sustainably, create jobs, maintain a safe and clean environment as well as nurture peace and stability. Green hydrogen and its derivates, also referred to as PtX, can be a key ingredient that allows these countries to defossilise and reap the benefits of their own resource wealth. An additional contributor to these goals is exporting to countries with green hydrogen demands beyond their production capabilities, such as Germany. How can we develop this win-win situation in a sustainable way? What are the most critical potential conflicts?

At this year’s Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, the International PtX Hub is organising an official partner event to discuss this crucial topic in a panel discussion “Empowering Partner Countries through Power-to-X – Joint Pathways towards a Sustainable Future” (5:00-6:30 pm CEST / UTC+2), followed by a networking reception (from 6:30 pm CEST, on-site only).

Government representatives from Latin America, the MENA region, Sub-Sahara Africa and Germany will discuss with business leaders and civil society organisations how to balance domestic demands and trade opportunities.

Organisers: International PtX Hub supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH; jointly with further GIZ projects: Energy Partnerships, H2Uppp, Business Alliance on Green Hydrogen

Agenda & Speakers

Moderator: Frank Mischler, Policy & European Cooperation, International PtX Hub

Short impulse speeches from business and civil society representatives:

  • Dr Christiane Averbeck, Executive Director Klima-Allianz Deutschland and Member of Nationaler Wasserstoffrat (National Hydrogen Council, Germany)
  • Kaashifah Beukes, Chief Executive Officer Freeport Saldanha, South Africa

Panel discussion & reaction to impulse speeches:

  • María José González, Head of the Green Hydrogen Program, Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining Uruguay
  • Dr Jauad El Kharraz, Executive Director of the Regional Center for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)
  • Masopha Moshoeshoe, Chief Director Investment and Unblocking, Infrastructure South Africa
  • Dr Dominik Schnichels, Director General of the Department External Economic Policy in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Germany

After the panel, there will be an opportunity for networking. Drinks and snacks will be provided.


The event will be live-streamed from the location Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Repräsentanz, Reichpietschufer 20, 10785 Berlin. It is possible to either join online or on-site in Berlin.

For all organisational questions, including registration, please contact

About the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue

As a leading international forum for key stakeholders of the energy sector, high-level policymakers, industry, science and civil society share their experiences and ideas on a safe, affordable and environmentally responsible global energy transition. Over 2,000 participants from more than 90 countries, 50 foreign and energy ministers and state secretaries, and over 100 high-level speakers gather in the German capital every spring to be part of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue.

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