The 21st Edition of Future Energy East Africa, with the official support of the Kenyan Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, has kicked off today at the Kenyatta Conference and Convention Center in Nairobi.
Future Energy East Africa is the largest and longest-running regional power conference and exhibition in East Africa, boasting both a strategic conference and a large trade exhibition.
The 2019 edition will bring together leaders from the regional and international power and energy community, including more than 400 regional conference delegates and over expo 1,000 visitors. The event also offers an East African Utility CEO Forum – this is by invitation only for utility CEOs to meet under Chatham House Rules and discuss pressing issues.
Formerly known as the East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC) the event boasts both a strategic conference and a large trade exhibition, which provides a platform for public and private stakeholders to engage in discussions around the future of the East African energy sector, giving stakeholders the opportunity to benchmark their operations, challenges and achievements against their peers and seek suppliers who are looking to gain access to projects across the region.
Huge potential, unlimited opportunities is how summarily energy experts in the region describe the East African power sector. The region requires major investments to address East Africa’s power and infrastructure needs to open up exciting business opportunities for suppliers and solution providers from across the globe.
The Permanent Secretary, Kenya’s Ministry of Energy had this to say today at the Future Energy East Africa, “The electricity industry in this region is one of the fastest developing on the continent and Future Energy East Africa presents the perfect opportunity to showcase our products, services, and expertise to key growth market.
He stated that Kenya had taken critical states that the nation achieves energy access for its people. He stated that Kenya’s electrification currently stands at 74% and hopes to reach the maximum by 2022 through grid and off-grid solutions.
He informed that the Government was collaborating with international partners to ensure that this was a success. The Government of Kenya will also undertake aggressive measures in the supply of gas (for cooking purposes) to phase out the utilization of Biomass.
“The smart money is on East Africa, Africa’s new economic powerhouse is taking root in Eastern Africa, with Ethiopia, Kenya in the lead, and Tanzania and Uganda reinforcing this emerging regional cluster of more than 300 million people.” There is a need to have coherent energy policies across the regional blocs to ensure synergy and growth in the Energy sector, Patrick Obath, Board Chairman of Standard Chartered, platinum sponsors, said.
Future Energy East Africa is organized by Spintelligent, a multi-award-winning Cape Town-based exhibition and conference producer across the continent in the infrastructure, energy and mining sectors. Other well-known events by Spintelligent include African Utility Week, Future Energy Nigeria (formerly WAPIC), Nigeria Mining Week, East & Central Africa Mining Summit and DRC Mining Week. Spintelligent is part of the UK-based Clarion Events Group.
The Future Energy East Africa conference program will include discussions on the following topics:
- From centralized to decentralized power generation: Partnership agreements to improve energy access
- Strathmore University Panel: Solutions to expand energy access
- Navigating the East African power investment market: Country spotlights with case-studies from Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda
- Panel discussion: Mini-grids for productive use and beyond: business model innovation towards financial viability
The conference will conclude tomorrow, after a series of sessions in the morning and the afternoon with participants from different countries participating.