Join us at the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo

December 22, 2017 | Mobile for Development Utilities | South Asia | Sub-Saharan Africa | Arianna Freschi

We are pleased to announce we have become a partner of the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo. Organised by the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA) and the IFC/World Bank Lighting Global program, the Forum is the world’s premier off-grid solar event. The conference and exhibition is supported by the World Bank’s ESMAP program and will be held from 22 to 24 January 2018 in Hong Kong. This is a unique opportunity to convene members of the mobile industry together with the key players in the off-grid solar energy sector, to explore synergies and important opportunities for collaboration.

The Forum will gather more than 500 off-grid solar companies, public and commercial investors, sector facilitators, government representatives and off-grid energy experts. The programme agenda features topical sessions on the commercial, technical, regulatory and financial aspects of the off-grid energy sector. The GSMA is participating in the Technical Advances in the Off-Grid sector panel. We look forward to discussing the current and future technological trends of the off-grid sector, including the success of leveraging mobile technologies such as Mobile Money, the Internet of Things, as well as emerging models around mobile customer data and block chain. We will also be launching our flagship Annual Report publication which explores our insights on these trends. For more information, make sure to take a look at the latest agenda.

We will also be hosting a side session on, ‘Engaging mobile operators for off-grid energy: a spotlight on Mobile Money integration’, with solar pay-as-you-go (PAYG) providers to discuss their journey on working with mobile operators in different markets and how partnerships are beneficial to support their business growth. Our session will focus on what the best practices are for working with an operator, and provide an overview on the key mobile channels that PAYG providers can leverage from a mobile operator partner.

In addition to engaging discussion, the event provides a unique opportunity for the mobile industry to meet and network with the key players of the off-grid energy sector. More than 60 companies and organisations will be showcasing their off-grid solar products and services, allowing participants to gain a concrete understanding of their offerings. We will be present at the exhibition sharing our programme’s work, please stop by or email us at to set up a meeting.

We hope you will join us in engaging with the Off-Grid Solar Energy sector at the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo!

If you have not yet done so, please register.

Get in touch with the organisers



Twitter: @OGSolarForum

Weibo: OG_Solar_Forum_and_Expo

About the organisers and supporting organisations


GOGLA is the voice of the off-grid solar lighting and electrification sector. Established in 2012, GOGLA now represents over 100 members as a neutral, independent, not-for-profit industry association. Its mission is to help its members build sustainable markets, delivering quality, affordable products and services to as many households, businesses and communities as possible across the developing world. The products and solutions that GOGLA members sell transform lives. They improve health and education, create jobs and income opportunities and help consumers save money. To find out more, go to

Lighting Global

Lighting Global is the World Bank Group’s platform to support sustainable growth of the international off-grid solar market as a means of rapidly increasing energy access to people without grid electricity. Through Lighting Global, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank work with the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA), manufacturers, distributors, and other development partners to develop the modern off-grid energy market. The Lighting Global program — in partnership with industry — provides market insights, steers development of quality assurance frameworks for modern, off-grid lighting devices and systems, and promotes sustainability.


ESMAP is a partnership between the World Bank Group and 17 partners to help low and middle-income countries reduce poverty and boost growth, through environmentally sustainable energy solutions. Situated within the World Bank, ESMAP influences billions in loans for development projects, leverages public and private financing, and shapes global policy.


One Response to Join us at the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo

  1. Alex Butler says:

    I can not even believe that so many companies have gathered on this trip! This is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate our attitudes to preserve the ecology of our planet. It’s delightful! Thanks to the organizers for this event, I remained impressed. The projects are interesting and multifaceted.

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