Senior Angolan cabinet members will head up the contingent of high-level dignitaries and experts addressing prospective investors in May during the iPAD Angola and Power Industry Forum events in Luanda.  Angola’s Energy minister, H.E. Emanuela Afonso Vieira Lopes, and the Secretary of State for Industry, Kiala Gabriel, will highlight investment opportunities and partnerships in Angola’s industrial and power sectors.

The iPAD (Infrastructure Partnerships for African Development) events are well-known and respected high-level investment forums on the continent.

Says Piera Abbott, conference director for iPAD Angola:  “We are thrilled that, once again, we have such high-level support and participation from the Angolan government, which emphasises their commitment to making Angola an investment-friendly destination for the power and infrastructure sectors.”

Following the very successful first iPAD Angola conference and product showcase last year, this year’s event takes place from 4-5 May 2010, and again provides a networking platform for participants to investigate opportunities in key infrastructure verticals, including investment & financing, mining, oil & gas, transport, construction, water, ICT & telecoms.

Highlights include:

  • Keynote address: Opportunities for investment and partnerships in developing Angola’s industrial sector
    Kiala Gabriel, Secretary of State for Industry, Ministry of Geology, Mining and Industry, Angola
  • Developing regional co-operation and contributing to Angolan growth
    John Rocha, Senior Project Manager, NEPAD Business Foundation, South Africa
  • Managing the transactional, regulatory, economic and social risk in Angola
    Massochi Oliveira, Head of Client Service, GA Angola Seguros, Angola
  • Investing in Angolan oil – a legal perspective
    Linda Mabhena, Project Finance Attorney, Bowman Gilfillan, South Africa
  • Opportunities for investment  in the water sector
    António Belsa da Costa, CEO, EPAL, Angola
  • Investors’ panel: Launching a successful business in Angola – comments and insights from established investors. 
    Panelists include:  Mr Sisa Ncwana, Acting Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of South Africa, Angola, Roger Ballard-Tremeer, Hon Chief Executive, South Africa-Angola Chamber of Commerce, South Africa and Yassin Gulamhussen, CEO, Novacel, Angola.

The iPAD Power Industry Forum is a regional strategic development meeting of energy ministers, utility professionals and investors, who will look at regional cooperation, technical advancement and increased profitability in the Southern African power sector.  The event takes place from 6-7 May 2010.  

High-level speakers and presentations include:

  • H.E. Emanuela Afonso Vieira Lopes, Minister, Ministry of Energy, Angola
    The development of independent energy;  Angola’s national and regional role in southern African power ; Update on Cabinda: electrifying for industry
  • H.E. Erkki Nghimtina, Minister, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Namibia
    Namibia’s role in southern African power ;  Cross-border power partnerships ;  Rural electrification
  • Paul Eardley-Taylor, Head of Energy, Utilities, and Infrastructure, Standard Bank, South Africa 
    Private Sector perspectives: Current regulatory status in region; Investment-enabling criteria; Corporate and investment banking solutions for enhanced electrification
  • Ricardo Galindo, Commercial Superintendant, COELBA, Brazil
    Fighting against non-technical losses:  Optimal reduction of losses ; Security ;  The question of tariffs for compensation
  • Paulinus Shilamba, Managing Director, Nampower, Namibia
    Panelist in Leaders’ Visioning Panel and Closing Session: Prioritising Infrastructure Investment for Electrification
  • Amos Mawara, Director of Infrastructure, COMESA, Zambia
    Integrated economics for Southern African energy:  Development and pooling of energy resources; Regional disparity of production, distribution and utilization of energy;  Integration of standards for cross-border uniformity.

Event websites:  www.ipad-africa.com/angola and www.ipad-africa.com/powerforum

For more information regarding the iPAD Angola 2010 and Power Industry Forum conferences, the programmes or to organise interviews with speakers, please contact:
Communications Manager:  Annemarie Roodbol      
Email:  annemarie.roodbol@clarionevents.com
Phone:  888 559 8017 / +27 21 700 3500 (International) EXT: 3558
Mobile:  +27 82 562 7844 (International)
Fax: 413 487 6276 / +27 21 700 3501 (International)

Event location:  
Hotel Tropico, Rua da Missão 134, Luanda

More upcoming iPAD and Power events (www.ipad-africa.com):
East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC), 31 August 2010 – 3  September 2010:  www.esi-africa.com/eapic
iPAD DRC, 25 – 27 October 2010, KINSHASA, DRC:  www.ipad-africa.com/drc
iPAD DRC, Katanga Briefings, 28 – 29 October 2010, Lubumbashi:   www.ipad-africa.com/drc
West African Power Industry Convention (WAPIC), December  2010:  www.esi-africa.com/wapic