Leaders in energy to meet in Nairobi this month
November 16—Leading energy experts and industry suppliers are expected in Nairobi between November 29 and 30 for about the Future Energy East Africa conference formerly known as the East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC).
“The smart money is on East Africa, Africa’s new economic powerhouse is taking root in Eastern Africa, with Ethiopia and Kenya taking the lead, and Tanzania and Uganda reinforcing this emerging regional cluster of more than 300 million people,” Lukas Duursema, CEO, Siemens Eastern Africa said in mid-week.
According to one industry estimate, it will require investments of approximately $93 billion a year to address East Africa’s power and infrastructure needs and open up business opportunities for suppliers and solution providers from across the globe.
The conference has the official backing of the Kenyan Ministry of Energy and Petroleum. It will take place at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi.
Connie Ochola, the Regional Marketing Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa for Lucy Electric said, “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 a key growth market. We have been participating in EAPIC for many years and we are excited to see the event develop after its rebranding as Future Energy East Africa this year.”
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.
“Energy access related start-ups have been among the most prominent of the start-up scene in the recent years in East Africa. Kenya in particular is a commendable player in the African innovation and entrepreneurship market. The number of start-ups being born and entrepreneurs being developed here reflect this,” Paras Patel, Investment Manager, Energy Access Ventures, Kenya said.