Africa Focus: Making Power Available and Viable to Communities
August 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The utilities market in Africa has always been a mixed bag of challenges and opportunities. There is a substantial need of investment, but the road to market reforms remain long. There is a huge demand for electricity, but the existing infrastructure doesn’t support the growing demand. Rapid technological advancements are playing an imperative role in African Power market. Only 39% of population in Africa has access to electricity as compared to 70 – 90% in other developing countries. Population pressures are adding upto the energy demand and hence creating a need for development of newer facilities and expansion of the existing ones.
The session outlines Africa as a region for energy investments, progress and possible outlook and opportunities.
What are the key opportunities and challenges for regional and international companies in Africa’s energy and utilities sectors?
Are governments doing enough to make Africa an attractive place for foreign investors? What regulatory reforms are required to facilitate private sector investment in the utilities sector?
What role will decentralised power play in meeting power demand?
What role will renewable energy play in helping African countries meet the power needs of their people?
Prospects for energy sharing between African countries.
Projections for 2030 – will power be available to everyone?
– Neeraj Mense, Business Consultant – Energy and Power, Frost and Sullivan
– John van Zuylen, Founder, AFSIA
– Nopenyo Dabla, Associate Programme Office – Africa, IRENA
– Eng. Mohamed Musa Gaji, Principal Scientific Officer, Energy Commission Nigeria – Department of Renewable Energy
– Eng. Nicholas Maundu, Ministry of Energy – Kenya