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Africa energy Indaba sets the energy agenda for Africa’s future 31st January 2016

Africa energy Indaba sets the energy agenda for Africa’s future  31st January 2016The issues that are put on the agenda of Africa’s premier energy event will direct and guide Africa’s energy horizon in the decades to come. With their powerful agenda-shaping capabilities, Africa Energy Indaba’s steering committee and stakeholders set the programme and decide on the most pivotal topics to be ironed out and debated at the “Africa Energy Indaba week”.

“It is our key partnerships that set us apart from other energy events,” says Africa Energy Indaba managing director, Liz Hart. “With strategic partnerships with the World Energy Council, the NEPAD Planning & Coordinating Agency (NPCA) and the South African National Energy Association (SANEA), we have the highest level of endorsement of any energy event on the continent. This means our agenda and programme are set by the most powerful and strategic energy players on the continent,” says Hart.

“Through SANEA, the World Energy Council and NEPAD we have access to energy thought leaders from more than 90 countries through the Energy Issues Monitor and other studies”, says Africa Energy Indaba Chairman, Brian Statham. “Using this foundation we can ensure that the programme for Africa Energy Indaba is aligned with the priorities of energy leaders and plentiful opportunities for robust dialogue on these matters help shape the future direction for Africa’s energy sector.” 

The theme for the 2016 Africa Energy Indaba is “Energy – the key driver for Africa’s economic growth” and every aspect of the 2016 programme has been designed to support the growth and development of Africa’s various energy sectors. For almost a decade, the annual Africa Energy Indaba has served as the connection point for investments into Africa's energy sectors catering to opportunities from small renewable energy projects to billion dollar utility tenders.

Here are the key energy issues and topics to be debated at the side events, sessions and workshops taking place at the 2016 Africa Energy Indaba:
  • Regional integration & regional policy decisions
Twelve African energy ministers will take part in the Energy Ministerial Roundtable, hosted by the World Energy Council in association with the Africa Energy Indaba. The Ministerial Dialogue gathers African energy leaders and stakeholders to exchange views on critical issues facing the energy industry in informal, off-the-record discussions. In the current context of uncertainty, the dialogue between energy policy makers is needed more than ever and the Africa Ministerial Roundtable will provide ministers from the region and beyond, a unique platform to share their best practices and knowledge. Key issues that will be addressed include regional integration, scenarios outlook for the region, as well as the relevant policy implications.

  • African energy issues in the global context
The Indaba Energy Leaders’ Dialogue session is for CEOs, senior executives and government officials, which is by invitation only, to exchange views on critical issues facing the energy industry, in informal, off the record discussions. This high-level dialogue provides an intimate forum in which participants can discuss topics such as how to best address the “energy trilemma” during focused sessions on key issues impacting the African energy sector. There are two CEO sessions planned for the 2016 Indaba, which are co-hosted by the World Energy Council and some energy luminaries from Africa and the world.

  • The current growth opportunity for IPPs in Africa
The IPP market in Africa is burgeoning. 2016 promises to be another very active year for independent power producers throughout the sub-Saharan Africa region and across various technologies. International investor focus on IPPs has translated into increasing demand for energy amongst the region’s growing economies. The one-day IPP/PPA conference takes place alongside the annual Africa Energy Indaba conference in Johannesburg as an official side event of the Africa Energy Indaba and will assist IPPs and energy businesses in drawing up sound and bankable projects and PPAs.

  • The development & exploration of Africa’s gas sector
Africa’s oil & gas sector promises to be a hot topic for investors in 2016 and the sectors are predicted to grow significantly over the next two decades. Africa is endowed with natural resources that are changing the global energy landscape with six of the top 10 global discoveries in the oil and gas sector in 2013 being made in Africa. The inaugural Africa Gas Forum is an official side event of the Africa Energy Indaba. With a focus to developing the African Gas sector and exploring opportunities for companies to participate, the event provides access to key stakeholders and knowledge experts. Read More.....


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