Country Spotlight sessions to showcase regional investment opportunities
The energy ministries from six East African countries: Kenya, Somaliland, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, including two ministers, are confirmed to address the opening address at the East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC) on 21 September in Nairobi.
The high-level energy ministry representatives are:
– Dr Joseph Njoroge, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Kenya
– Dr. Dheu Mathouk Diig, Minister of Energy and Dams, South Sudan
– Hon Irene Muloni, Minister of Energy & Mineral Development, Uganda
– Prof Justin William Ntalikwa, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Tanzania
– H.E. Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Siraj, State Minister, Ministry of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity, Sudan
– Mohamoud Ahmed Liban, Chairman and CEO, EEPCO and HECO, Somaliland
The ministerial opening session theme at EAPIC is “From Strength to Strength: Building an Enabling Business Environment”, and in what promises to be an inspiring, high-level opening to the 18th edition of this long-running, regional power conference and exhibition, Dr Albert Butare, Rwanda’s former Minister of State for Energy, Water and Communication, will be the session chairman. Several more energy ministers from the region have been invited to attend this annual meeting and contribute to the energy dialogue and collaboration for East Africa.
Regional investment opportunities
This year’s EAPIC programme offers the East African region, as well as the individual countries, a unique opportunity to showcase their investment opportunities in the power sector. During the Country Spotlight sessions, taking place on 22 September, high-level government representatives, including some energy ministers, from Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Djibouti, South Sudan and Eritrea will address the conference.
Ayuli Jemide of the specialist infrastructure advisory firm, Project & Transaction Resources (PTRL), will be the moderator of the Country Spotlight sessions. Says Mr Jemide: “East African economies have worked very hard to implement institutional or regulatory reforms for improving the business environment over the last few years. Amongst countries in the world that have seen remarkable business environment improvements since 2005, Rwanda and Burundi are noteworthy.”
EAPIC programme highlights focused on regional collaboration and investment opportunities include:
· 21 September:
Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) Master Plan – Reaping the Benefits of Regional Power Integration
– The EAPP Ten-Year Strategic Plan and Road Map
Lebbi Changullah, Secretary General, EAPP, Ethiopia
– Regional power integration – funding power generation and large scale regional projects
Ana Hajduka, CEO, AfricaGreenCo, UK
· 22 September:
Moderator: Ayuli Jemide, Executive Chair, Advisory Board, Project & Transaction Resources (PTRL)
– Country Investment Focus – Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi
– Country Investment Focus – Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda
– Country Investment Focus – Djibouti, South Sudan, Eritrea
EAPIC is expected to gather more than 2000 visitors from more than 30 countries, including from the region’s leading power utilities, large industries, project developers and investors as well as dozens of technology and service providers who will showcase their products at the KICC in Nairobi from 21-22 September.
As in previous years of this long running, flagship event in the region, EAPIC has already secured impressive industry support, including from Lucy Electric, a global secondary distribution leader in the electricity sector, who are this year’s platinum sponsor. “EAPIC presents the perfect opportunity to showcase our products, services and leading expertise to one of our key growth markets’ says Phil Dingle, Lucy Electric’s marketing director. Gold sponsors that have signed up so far for this year’s event are Poweroad Africa and Stanbic Bank.