Rwanda’s Minister of Infrastructure, the Hon. James Musoni, heads up a high-level government contingent that will address the opening session of the inaugural iPAD Rwanda Power & Infrastructure Investment Forum taking place in Kigali from 3-4 November. The event will gather hundreds of investors, project developers, finance houses, construction and planning companies, technology providers from Rwanda, the region and from the rest of the world.

“Rwanda is open for business: there are enormous investment opportunities in the country’s power and infrastructure sectors and the Kigali government has proven that it can provide a stable and investor-friendly business climate”, says Emmanuelle Nicholls, iPAD Rwanda event director, adding that “the forum will play an important role in the transformation of Rwanda into a dynamic global hub for business, investment and innovation.”

Opening session

The iPAD Rwanda opening session starts at 09h00 on Monday, 3 November and Hon. James Musoni, Minister of Infrastructure, Ministry of Infrastructure of the Republic of Rwanda will welcome the delegates.

The second session of the morning will focus on Transforming an investment vision into a reality” and will include the following high-level government speakers:

  • Session chairman:
    Papias Musafiri, Chairman of the Board, Rwanda Energy Group, Rwanda

  • An enabling framework securing  investments – Energy policies and laws
    Hon. Germaine Kamayirese, Minister of State in Charge of Energy and Water, Ministry of Infrastructure of the Republic of Rwanda

  • Rwanda is open for business
    Francis Gatare, Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Development Board, Rwanda
  • Expanding an energy sector through dynamic developments
    Jean Bosco Mugiraneza, Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Energy Group Ltd, Rwanda

The iPAD Rwanda Power & Infrastructure Investment Forum enjoys the official support of the Rwandan government, the Rwanda Development Board and the country’s electricity utility, the Rwanda Energy Group (REG) is the host utility of the event.

We have arrived in Rwanda
There is also a strong show of support and confidence from the power and infrastructure sectors with Symbion Power who are the diamond sponsors for the event. “Our message is that ‘we have arrived in Rwanda’,” says Symbion Power CEO Paul Hinks. The US company was recently awarded a 50 megawatt Independent Power Production (IPP) project using methane gas from Lake Kivu by the Rwanda Energy Group (REG).

STEG-IS, an international engineering and construction company that has been active in Rwanda for some time, has also partnered with iPAD Rwanda as platinum sponsor.

More conference highlights include:

  • An enabling framework securing  investments – Energy policies and laws
    Hon. Germaine Kamayirese, Minister of State in Charge of Energy and Water, Ministry of Infrastructure of the Republic of Rwanda
  • Case study: Magnetising private investment for IPPs – GET FiT Program Uganda
    Stephanie Rieger, Senior Energy Project Manager, KfW Development Bank, Uganda
  • Innovative support mechanism for private sector investment in hydropower
    Miriam Schroeder, Project Manager, German International Cooperation, Rwanda

  • The current status and new generation ventures
    Robert Nyamvumba, Managing Director, Energy Development Corporation Ltd, Rwanda Energy Group Ltd, Rwanda
  • Characteristics of the power industry; The Importance of planning and capability improvement of the state utility
    Toshiyuki Hayashi, Senior advisor, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan
  • Rwanda Electricity Access Roll out Program (EARP): Status and requirements
    Odette Mbabazi, Managing Director, Energy Utility Corporation Ltd, Rwanda Energy Group Ltd, Rwanda

The event is organised by Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK.

iPAD Rwanda Forum dates and venues:
Press conference: 10h00-11h00, Friday, 31 October, Ministry of Infrastructure

Conference: 08h30, 3-4 November 2014
Venue: Serena Hotel, Kigali

Event website:  http://www.ipad-rwanda.com
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/iPAD_Rwanda

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