CLOSING

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Thursday 14 May 2015

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CLOSING KEYNOTE
The evolution of the utility: from Edison to grid modernisation to smart cities
Chairperson: Leslie John Rencontre, Director Electricity, City of Cape Town, South Africa

14:00-14:20        
The role of infrastructure for Africa’s industrialization
Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Ethiopia

14:20-14:40        
The role of ICT and smart infrastructure in utility modernisation: Insights from Africa
Nirvesh Sooful, CEO, African Ideas, South Africa

14:40-15:00        
Smart cities, the future is here: how the municipalities can improve their services to the citizens
Juan Carlos Rojas Ramos, Director, Indra, South Africa

15:00-15:20        
Closing Panel Discussion: Looking forward: the journey for next-generation utilities in Africa

  • Benefit of hindsight: what can Africa learn from mature markets?
  • What are the next steps for African Cities?
  • How should utilities plan for smart city integration?

Moderator: Enrique Manzanares, Trade Commissioner, Embassy of Spain, Spain

Panellists:

  • Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Ethiopia
  • Nirvesh Sooful, CEO, African Ideas, South Africa
  • Juan Carlos Rojas Ramos, Director, Indra, South Africa
  • Carel Snyman, Senior Manager: Green Transport, South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), South Africa

15:20 -15:30       
Closing remarks by the Chairperson & Spintelligent