“The Rwanda power supply program is one of the most ambitious of the region and Engen is proud to be part of this”

Sarah DoukoureExclusive interview with Sarah Doukoure, Managing Director, Engen Rwanda Limited – Engen is a bronze sponsor at the upcoming iPAD Rwanda Power & Infrastructure Investment Forum in Kigali from 3-4 November. www.ipad-rwanda.com

Please can you give us some background on ENGEN’s current interests in Rwanda and the region?
Engen is an Africa-based Oil Marketing company focusing on the downstream refined petroleum products market and related businesses with a presence in 17 African countries. Engen commenced operations in Rwanda in November 2008 acquiring the assets of TOTAL and thus becoming one of the market leaders in the Rwandan petroleum business. This acquisition complemented Engen footprint in the region with existing interests in neighbouring countries Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, DRC.

What projects that you are involved in here at the moment are you most excited about?
Engen is excited about Rwanda’s fast growing economy and expansion of the energy sector and continues to invest to deliver high quality product and services. The Rwanda power supply program is one of the most ambitious of the region and we are proud to be part of this. Engen, affiliated to PETRONAS Malaysia, is a global energy service provider that provides a full range of lubricant products across the entire energy value chain.

We have recently launched our POWEROIL TO 1020, a high quality transformer oil that meets all the latest global equipment builder specifications. We have also developed our Engen Innovative Packaging System (IPS) to facilitate the transportation of these oils to the most remote areas in a light weight packaging.

Any success stories you can share?
Engen Rwanda was voted best Fuel Service Provider by the Rwanda Service Mag for the second year in a row. This acknowledges the efforts we put in ensuring that the customer always comes first.  We develop all our strategies with the end customer in mind and believe that service delivery will set us apart from the competition.

What advice would you give prospective investors about Rwanda?
Rwanda is a destination of choice for investors wanting to do business within a structured regulatory framework and dynamic development. My best advice, comply with rules and regulations at all times.

What is your vision for the infrastructure sector?
The Rwandan agenda is driven by growth of which infrastructure development is a major part.  Main areas of focus are: ICT, Roads, Energy.  Even though a big part of the energy is going away from fossil fuels, they are still part of the picture.  The transport industry is going to grow proportionately with the economy as well.

What has surprised you about doing business in Rwanda?
The speediness of action and execution. Rwandese are fast in executing with a constant drive for improvement.

Why did you decide to partner with iPAD Rwanda?
As a petroleum company, we have to position ourselves in order to be a major player in the planned growth of Rwanda.  One way to do so is to meet and exchange with other players, especially in the energy sector.  Hence the importance of IPAD for us.

What will be your specific message at the event?
Engen, with us you are number one.