Senior Mozambican cabinet members will for the first time head up a high-level delegation to address barriers and evaluate opportunities for rural development through electrification and telecommunications in Africa with a special focus in Mozambique. The Rural Electrification Forum and its partner event, The Rural Connectivity Forum, are taking place in Maputo, Mozambique from 15-17 November. These forums are designed to provide a platform for all the stakeholders involved in the sustainable development of emerging economies to discuss the motivation and implementation of electrification and connectivity programmes. They will discuss integrated regional strategies, the formation of partnerships with the public and private sectors, innovative and cost-effective technological solutions, transparent governance and all the variables needed to rapidly and cost-effectively scale up rural access to electricity and telecommunications.

One of the most promising markets of the next decade
“Along with the invaluable increase in the quality of life of communities targeted by the rural electrification and rural telecommunications markets, both present one of the most interesting and exciting growth rates within the next decade,” says José Monteiro, the forum’s director. He continues: “The reason we´ve organized this unique and innovative forum is to get all stakeholders together in order discuss and have a better understanding of the needs and opportunities for both markets.”

Getting public and private sectors committed to rural development in Africa
According to Mr. Monteiro, African governments are strongly committed to increasing rural electrification and rural telecommunications. He explains: “Such a goal is only possible with a strong commitment between public and private sectors. Both The Rural Electrification Forum and its partner event, The Rural Connectivity Forum, aim to diagnose the distinct ecosystems and find solutions to get to that structured and sustainable commitment in the short run.”

Unique and innovative
The idea behind these forums, and what makes them unique, is the in-depth look at structuring a parallel and dual-track discussion on rural electrification and rural connectivity challenges and best practices,while allowing for joint discussions on how to overcome common hurdles for both sectors.
Programme highlights include:

Opening session
Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, Mozambique, Mr. Venâncio Massingue
Honourable Vice-Minister of Energy, Mozambique, Mr. Jaime Himede
Eng. Manuel Cuamba, Chairman, EDM – Mozambique Electricity
Dr. Cândido Gobo, Executive Administrator, TDM – Mozambique Telecommunications

Rural Electrification

  • EDM Master Planfor Rural Electrification
    Eng. Marcelino Gildo, Administrator for Electrification and Projects, EDM –Mozambique Electricity
  • Development strategy for new and renewable energies and its impact on rural electrification in Mozambique
    Dr. António Saíde, National Director for Renewable Energies, Ministry of Energy, Mozambique
  • Overview of the electricity regulation in Mozambique and changes expected to happen in the near future which willmake rural electrification projects economically sustainable for private investors
    Dr. Isaque Chande,Commissioner, CNELEC – National Council for Electricity, Mozambique
  • Latest legal framework developments: Using PPPs for power generation and power commercialization
    Eng. Pascoal Bacela, National Director for Electricity, Ministry of Energy, Mozambique
  • Meeting the country’s potential for renewable energy generation and knowing the state of the art for solar, wind, hydro, biomass and biodiesel renewable energy projects
    Dr. Miquelina Menezes, CEO, FUNAE – National Fund for Energy, Mozambique

Rural Telecommunications

  • What TDM is doing to deal with the rural connectivity challenges in Mozambique – programmes and timings
    Dr. Cândido Gobo, Executive Administrator, TDM – Mozambique Telecommunications
  • Which updates are expected on the 2010 legislation and what will be done regarding the spectrum allocation
    Eng. Isidoro da Silva, Chairman, Board of Directors, INCM – National Institute of Communications, Mozambique
  • The universal access service fund and its role in promoting private and public partnerships for rural connectivity
    Mr. Arnaldo Fernando Havene, Executive Secretary, Universal Access Service Fund, INCM – National Institute of Communications, Mozambique*
  • Why including and involving the final costumer as a project variable is the shortest way to grant ROI
    Eng. Angelo Gama, CTO, MSTelcom, Angola
  • Empowering rural communities through expanding the infrastructure for Voice, SMS and Internet services to rural areas: What is expected to happen within the next nine months
    Eng. Mohamed Mussá, Technical Manager, Mcel, Mozambique

Event dates: Pre-conference workshops: 15 November 2011
Conference: 16-17 November 2011
Site visit: 18 November 2011
Location:Hotel Avenida, Maputo, Mozambique
Website: www.ruralelectrificationforum.com

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