African Union Chairman Macky Sall to attend G20 summit - officials

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 11 (Reuters) - African Union Chairman and Senegal President Macky Sall plans to attend an upcoming G20 summit in Bali, two government officials said on Friday, as Africa looks to hold wealthier nations to account for their climate pledges.

The visit, his first to a G20 summit, will follow his attendance at the COP27 UN climate meeting in Egypt where he was one of the leading advocates for rich countries to contribute more cash to help Africa adapt to climate change.

The summit in Bali takes place on Nov. 15-16, overlapping the second week of the COP27 conference.

Sall will have "two hats" at the meeting, representing both the African Union and Senegal, one of the officials said.

Senegal is in discussions with G20 members about a deal to support its transition to low carbon energy.

The so-called Just Energy Transition Partnerships (JETP) were pioneered by South Africa’s deal last year with countries, including the United States, Britain, Germany and France providing funding to speed up its transition away from coal power.

One of the items he will want to discuss with G20 members is the Senegal JETP, which was being negotiated at COP27, the official said.

Indonesia's presidency of the G20 this year coincides with the country's own efforts to secure a JETP funding package to help switch from coal power to clean energy. A deal could be announced as early as next week, people familiar with the matter said.

At the COP27 climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, where Sall has choreographed the African Union's climate negotiating efforts, representatives from the continent welcomed his inclusion at the G20.

"It's a great opportunity ... to table some of the key development challenges of our continent, but more importantly, to discuss potential partnerships and solutions to address these challenges," said Solomon Quaynor, vice president of private sector, infrastructure and industrialization at the African Development Bank Group.

African countries at the U.N. climate conference have demanded that wealthy nations deliver more finance for the energy transiton and for projects that help communities adapt to climate impacts.

“Adaptation continues to be a pressing challenge," Quaynor said, "and we need to develop new solutions to address this urgently.”

Reporting by Sarah McFarlane; Writing by William James; Editing by Katy Daigle, Alex Richardson and Aurora Ellis

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