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The energy ministries from six East African countries – Kenya, Somaliland, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda – are confirmed to address the opening address at the East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC) to be held on 21 September in Nairobi, Kenya
Rwanda’s former minister of state for energy, water and communication Albert Butare will be the session chairman at the opening to the 18th edition of this long-running power conference and exhibition. The ministerial opening session theme at EAPIC is “From Strength to Strength: Building an Enabling Business Environment”. Several more energy ministers from the region have been invited to attend this annual meet.
This year’s EAPIC programme includes country spotlight sessions, where five high-level government representatives, including some energy ministers, from Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Djibouti, South Sudan and Eritrea will address the conference.
“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,” Ayuli Jemide of the specialist infrastructure advisory firm, Project & Transaction Resources (PTRL), who will be the moderator of the country spotlight sessions, said.
According to the organisers, 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.
“EAPIC presents the perfect opportunity to showcase our products, services and leading expertise to one of our key growth markets," said 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.
EAPIC is endorsed by the Kenyan Ministry of Energy and Petroleum. The event has also secured industry support, including from Lucy Electric, which is a sponsor this year.