Lack of leadership at country level impedes roll out of Africa’s energy

Johannesburg, Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Lack of leadership at country level impedes roll out of Africa’s energy

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Sean Cleary, Chairman of Strategic Concepts

The opening dialogue panel discussion at the Africa Energy Indaba in Sandton set a brisk pace as the panelists – each highly respected heavyweights in the energy arena – outlined their views on “Securing the energy future for Africa”.

The panel, comprising Dr Elham M.A. Ibrahim: Commissioner, African Union Commission; Paddy Padmanathan, President and CEO of ACWA Power; and Brian Dames CEO of African Rainbow Energy and Power (AREP) was skilfully led by moderator Sean Cleary, Chairman of Strategic Concepts.

“Although there is significant wave of success across Africa with the progressive roll-out of a broader energy mix, this is still not being done fast enough due primarily to lack of leadership at country level,” said Paddy Padmanathan.

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Commissioner Dr Ibrahim

Sharing her views on securing Africa’s energy, Commissioner Ibrahim outlined the African Union Commission’s four point strategy to provide secure, affordable, reliable and clean energy for the continent in it’s 2012-2040 programme.

“In our strategy we have considered the energy mix using renewable, clean and fossil fuel resources,” said Ibrahim. “Concentration on regional requirements is a key factor, as is international cooperation and the harmonising of regulation and policies across countries.”

Brian Dames noted that Africa has the fastest growing energy market globally, and stressed that no government on its own can afford to foot the bill for energy infrastructure – and that participation by the private sector is essential.

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“Securing the energy future for Africa” discussion panel at Africa Energy Indaba: Dr Elham M.A. Ibrahim: Commissioner, African Union Commission; Paddy Padmanathan, President and CEO of ACWA Power; and Brian Dames CEO of African Rainbow Energy and Power (AREP)

“We need to build Africa’s energy systems in regions and make regulatory frameworks regionally,” said Dames. “East Africa is a most profound lesson in this regard, where a high level of integration has been achieved.”

The event, which includes a comprehensive Energy Expo, was opened by Africa Energy Indaba Chair, Brian Statham, Chairman of the South African National Energy Association (SANEA)

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Africa Energy Indaba Chair, Brian Statham, Chairman of the South African National Energy Association

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the rest of today and tomorrow (Wednesday 22 February) Africa Energy Indaba will continue to address burning issues around Africa’s energy needs, through a series of panel discussions which include:

– Increasing regional trade and regional integration in the energy sector
– What is the future energy mix of Africa moderator
– Public acceptance, safety and regulation in nuclear power programmes
– How to attract the funds to finance Africa’s energy sector and the role of the private sector
– Cost reflective tariffs vs state subsidies or subsidized pricing and the role of energy regulators
– Prospects for growth in the African energy sector and are a PPPs vehicle for growth potential
– The role of power pools and interconnectors and the business opportunity attached to them
– Financing financing of nuclear power projects guarantees in nuclear build programmes
– Coordination of South African players in a nuclear build programme
– Localisation and skills development in a nuclear build programme
– What is the outlook for oil and gas in Africa (including insights from the Africa gas forum)
– Energy access and energy security in Africa
– Maximising the renewable energy opportunity in Africa
– Skills development / knowledge transfer within the energy sector
– How far and fast will distributed power generation grow?
– Sustainable assets in an integrated energy future: EOH/STEAG
– The role of development funds in overcoming the challenges in the African energy sector
– Technical innovation and future disruptives
– Sustainable assets in an integrated energy future: EOH/STEAG
– The role of development funds in overcoming the challenges in the African energy sector

 

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AFRICA ENERGY INDABA 2017 brings together Africa’s leading women in energy

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AFRICA ENERGY INDABA 2017 brings together Africa’s leading women in energy

The third annual Women in Energy conference, organised by the Africa Energy Indaba, will bring together Africa’s leading women in the energy sector on Monday 20th February at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

The Africa Energy Indaba was the first energy conference on the continent to launch a specialised event for the promotion and empowerment of women in the energy sector and the theme of the 2017 one-day conference is “Developing African women Leaders to create our energy future”.

Research indicates that overcoming gender inequality and gender-related legal restrictions would increase annual GDP growth in sub-Saharan Africa by 0.75 percent.

Liz Hart, the Managing Director of Women in Energy commented, “It is important for women to play a bigger role in the workplace in Africa, where women play a disproportionately active role as breadwinners and caretakers of the future generations on the continent. If more women were represented in the continent’s energy sectors, which are responsible for providing electricity access to improve the quality and standard of living, then many more people would have access to quality education and healthcare.”

Global research shows that empowering women in the workplace makes economic sense. According to Janet Riccio, Executive Vice President of the Omnicom Group, “Women’s leadership is more than important in today’s world; it’s imperative. Whether it’s the public or private sector, organisations that are led by inclusive leadership teams make better decisions that deliver better results. The qualities that are required to lead in the 21st century include the ability to connect, collaborate, empathize, and communicate—all qualities that tend to be “female” in nature. Women in leadership roles position organisations in a way that makes them fit for the future.”

The Africa Energy Indaba’s Women in Energy conference is designed to aid the increase in leadership and development of women involved in the African energy sectors. The event comprises a number of keynote addresses by leading African women as well as a number of panel sessions. The event provides a platform for women (and men who are involved in empowering women in the workplace) to network, share their knowledge, discuss achievements and encourage the advancement of women across all sectors of the energy industry.

Through its vast network of collaborative relationships with various ministries such as the Department of Energy and other key stakeholder organisations, Women in Energy provides delegates with access to networks that are committed to seeing the energy sector benefit from more female representation.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Women and men in senior leadership positions within the energy and related industry companies
  • High-potential women looking to enhance and advance their careers
  • Industry professionals responsible for hiring, developing and advancing an equitable workforce

WHAT DELEGATES WILL GAIN:

  • Knowledge of how men and women can join forces to create the workplace of the future

  • Insights into the success factors of women in the C-suite and input into continuing research

  • A new approach to assimilating a generation of women leaders into companies

  • Enlightenment around the past, present and future of women’s compensation globally

  • Awareness of senior roles in the marketplace available and being acquired by women

  • Success stories from representatives of leading companies on designing, implementing, sustaining and measuring women’s initiatives

PRESS RELEASE ENDS

————————————————————————————————————————— AFRICA ENERGY INDABA
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Africa is the continent of opportunity for the serious energy investor. With vast natural energy resources ranging from coal, oil, gas, hydro, solar, wind and geothermal, there is ample choice for the discerning entrepreneur. Lack of access to electricity means that there is an opportunity for regional governments, energy businesses, organisations and investors to unlock electricity access to millions of people who have don’t have power. The Africa Energy Indaba is the continent’s premier energy conference and exhibition: bringing together leading African and global energy players to unlock energy and business opportunities across the African continent. Africa Energy Indaba has strategic partnerships with the World Energy Council (WEC), the South African National Energy Association (SANEA) and the NEPAD Planning & Coordinating Agency (NPCA).

21-22nd February 2017 at Sandton Convention Centre
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AFRICA ENERGY INDABA 2017 launches Africa Utility Forum to boost growth of energy projects in the region January 2017

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South Africa has been seeking foreign investment to help drive sluggish economic growth and used the World Economic Forum 2017 platform last week to market the country as a favourable investment destination. South African Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, led a 60-strong country delegation in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.  

Energy demands in Sub-Saharan Africa have created investment interest in the Independent Power Producer (IPP) regional market in recent years as the demand for energy in the region has grown. However, South Africa has halted its lauded Renewable Energy Power Producer’s Procurement Programme, sparking fears over the growth of the regional IPP market.

In a bid to boost momentum in the regional IPP market and to continue the growth trajectory of recent years, the Africa Energy Indaba is the first energy conference on the continent to launch a specialised workshop event exclusively bringing together African utilities to meet private sector project developers and investors.

“Despite the positive developments in regional independent power producer (IPP) energy projects, significant challenges remain for IPPs, especially when it comes to governments providing guaranteed off-take to IPPs. This has created significant risks for IPP developers and investors and will hamper the growth of the IPP market, unless other means and models are created to make the market more conducive to investment,” said Paul Runge, Director of Projects & Development Finance at Africa House, a partner consultancy to the event that provides clients with early alerts of projects across a broad range of sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa..

The one-day Africa Utility Forum will bring together the movers and shakers of Africa’s energy sector in February 2017 to unlock desperately needed energy projects and opportunities across the continent.

Collaboration between neighbouring countries and between public and private sector players can greatly increase the growth of regional power markets and reduce the overall costs, which will make power accessible for African consumers.

Successes in the market such as South Africa’s Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and the current privatisation process in Nigeria demonstrate that there can be power sector solutions when the public and private sectors work together to open up the market to various solutions.

The first-ever Africa Utility Forum is taking place on Wednesday 22nd February 2017, during the Africa Energy Indaba conference.

The Forum will provide IPPs, investors and key role players with the opportunity to meet role players and decision makers in the African utility space and find out about actual energy projects, current developments and priority projects in the regional power market.

This one-day workshop is an opportunity for IPPs & utilities in Africa to work together on specific, high-priority energy projects for the development of the continent’s power sector.

Through its vast network of collaborative relationships with various ministries such as the Department of Energy and other key stakeholder organisations, the Africa Energy Indaba provides delegates with access to networks that are committed to seeing the energy sector benefit from more viable energy projects being built.

PRESS RELEASE ENDS

* The Africa Utility Forum is a closed session of the Africa Energy Indaba. Spokespeople will be available after the workshop to brief the media on the proceedings.

————————————————————————————————————————— AFRICA ENERGY INDABA
Creating tomorrow’s energy opportunities in Africa
Africa is the continent of opportunity for the serious energy investor. With vast natural energy resources ranging from coal, oil, gas, hydro, solar, wind and geothermal, there is ample choice for the discerning entrepreneur. Lack of access to electricity means that there is an opportunity for regional governments, energy businesses, organisations and investors to unlock electricity access to millions of people who have don’t have power. The Africa Energy Indaba is the continent’s premier energy conference and exhibition: bringing together leading African and global energy players to unlock energy and business opportunities across the African continent. Africa Energy Indaba has strategic partnerships with the World Energy Council (WEC), the South African National Energy Association (SANEA) and the NEPAD Planning & Coordinating Agency (NPCA).

21-22nd February 2017 at Sandton Convention Centre
www.africaenergyindaba.com

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Liz Hart: Liz@energyindaba.co.za or Julie Cunningham: Julie@energyindaba.co.za or 083 295 0526
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