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Top regional government participation as eager investors look to East Africa at Tanzanian meeting in August

Senior representatives of the EAC, Comesa and SADC as well as Ministers from the Governments of Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda together with leading names in the East African business and utility sector will converge on Dar Es Salaam to pool ideas and make recommendations on the regions’ power and infrastructure development potential. Infrastructure Partnerships for African Development (iPAD) East Africa takes place from 11-13 August 2009 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.   iPAD East Africa is co-located with the 11th East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC).

East African Community leading the way

  1. The Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC), Ambassador Dr Juma Mwapachu, will chair the keynote session and will address the following issues, amongst others:
  2. What are the implications of the global financial and economic crisis on investment flows to the EAC region?
  3. How should the regional governments approach the global economic crisis in relation to incentives offered to the mining sector?
  4. What financial instruments can East African countries use to mobilise resources for upgrading and modernising its infrastructure?
  5. What potential exists in leveraging private sector resources from the region and abroad to fund current huge power deficits in the region?
  6. What are the key factors that drive the cost structure of doing business in East Africa?
  7. What is the reality of Public-Private Partnerships in the context of financing infrastructure projects?

Tanzania – a stable, rich host country

Another top government participant will be His Excellency Mr William Ngeleja, Minister of Energy and Minerals, Tanzania.  The country is the biggest of the East Africa countries (i.e. Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania) and offers tremendous opportunities for investors as it is endowed with abundance of natural resources such as arable land, a wide base for raw materials supply from local source; political stability, good market policy, excellent geographical location in the East African region and excellent tourist attractions.

Think tank: The future of energy in East Africa – where to from here?

  • Co-located with iPAD East Africa is the 11th Eapic, the East African Power Industry Covention, which brings together regional energy stakeholders to discuss critical questions such as:
  • Regional gas to power: can it be done?
  • Offshore oil: is there any?
  • Is renewable energy a viable solution for East Africa?

Taking part in the discussion are:

  • Edward Njoroge, Managing Director & CEO, Kenya Electricity Generating Company Ltd, Kenya* (invited)
  • Oswald Mutaitina, Corporate Finance and Business Development Manager, Songas, Tanzania
  • Salvator Ntomola, Managing Director, Artumas Energy (T) Ltd., Tanzania
  • Charles Omujuni, Director of Natural Gas, Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority, Tanzania
  • Dr Idris Rashidi, Managing Director, TANESCO, Tanzania
  • Izael da Silva, Director, Centre of Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC), Uganda

Closing session

The Honourable Minister Albert Butare, Minister of State in charge of Energy and Water at the Ministry of Infrastructure in Rwanda has been invited to delivering the closing address at the conference.

For more information on the event and to download the programme go to the event website:  www.ipad-africa.com/eapic and www.ipad-africa.com/east

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