The organisers of East Africa’s largest power and water exhibition and conference are pleased to announce that the 12th annual East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC) will be held in Kampala, Uganda from 5 – 7 September 2011.
Says Event Director, Claire Volkwyn, “We are very pleased to be in Kampala for EAPIC this year. We have had incredible support from the Ugandan ministry of energy and mineral development and UEGCL in the run up to the event. We also want to welcome on board UETCL and Umeme as host utilities.“
The event, which features some of the leading industry specialists from East Africa and the world, will focus on issues specifically aimed at the efficient and effective management of the power sector in East Africa. New for this year is the co-location of Water Utilities East Africa, a conference for the East African water sector, which focuses on best practise for the management of water resources in order to ensure sufficient supply for the future.
“Today, nearly 300 million people in Africa do not have access to adequate water supply or sanitation. There are many reasons for that situation, but there are also a lot of solutions that will help the many people without clean and safe water” says Thomas Danielson, Event Director for the Water Utilities East Africa conference.
The events, which take place at the Serena Hotel will start with pre-conference workshops on 5th September, while the 6th and 7th September will include conference sessions and an exhibition.
Attendance to the exhibition is free for pre-registered visitors and registration for exhibition access can be done via the EAPIC website (www.eapicforum.com). In addition, exhibition visitors are invited to the keynote session, which starts at 9:00 on 6th September.
Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Fred Kaliisa will chair the keynote session. The keynote address will be delivered by Andrew Reicher, who until recently headed the Programme Management Unit of the Private infrastructure Development Group, a multi- donor organisation which creates and funds activities to help correct constraints on private infrastructure investment in developing countries). In addition to $300m invested directly, PiDG involvement has facilitated private funds flows of over $9bn to infrastructure in these countries.
“We believe that the quality of our programme and the caliber of speakers is such that it will attract a large number of participants from across the region. The people who work in the power and water sectors in East Africa are committed to increasing their knowledge of international best practice and continued discussion among peers and these events gives them access to both” says Volkwyn.