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East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC): Conference Program

East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC)

11 August – 13 August 2009

Pre-Conference Seminars

Tuesday 11 August 2009

Session 0.1.1

Mining sector leaders roundtable
This round-table with the sector’s stakeholders encourages discussion around the implications of general policy and legislation that will affect the sector.  An opportunity for Government to outline its policy and the private sector to raise questions.

Moderator: Mark Parker, Managing Director, African Eagle Resources Plc, United Kingdom

09h00 – 10h30

Panel discussion: Policy, legal and regulatory frameworks for mining and exploration in East Africa


  • H.E. William Mganga Ngeleja, Minister, Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Tanzania
  • Amb. Ami Mpungwe, Chairman, Chamber of Minerals and Energy, Tanzania
  • Judge Mark Bomani, Chairman, Presidential Mining Review Commission, Tanzania
  • Vedasto Rwechungura, Programme Officer, World Bank, Tanzania*
  • Joseph Sheffu, Partner, Ernst & Young, Tanzania
Session 0.1.2

Towards a sustainable mining sector – best practices
Resouce rich countries like Tanzania have the challenge in the current economic climate particularly, to ensure that they address social and environmental issues linked with mining exploration and operations.  There is the perception that there are little social benefits from mining and that the environment is always at risk.  This session will outline sustainable mining policies and practices.

Chairman: Ketema Tadesse, Director General, Southern and East African Minerals Centre (SEAMIC), Tanzania

11h30 – 12h00

The Role of SEAMIC for Mineral Resources Development in Africa
Ketema Tadesse, Director General, Southern and East African Minerals Centre (SEAMIC), Tanzania

12h00 – 12h30

Questions and Answers

Session 0.1.3

Infrastructure for mining operations in Tanzania : power, water, transport and logistics
A look at the inputs required for the mining sector operations and the role that a strong infrastructure plays in reducing costs for operators.  Perspectives from utilities, service providers and operators will provide the context for a discussion to look at solutions to infrastructure challenges

Chairman: Gideon Nasari, Managing Director, National Development Corporation, Tanzania

13h30 – 14h00

Government perspectives and strategies
Eng. Bashir Mrindoko,  Commissioner for Energy, Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Tanzania

14h00 – 14h30

Operator perspective
Fergus Jockel, Project Director (Mining), Tancoal Energy, Tanzania

14h30 – 15h00

Closing remarks and Q&A
Mark Parker, Managing Director, African Eagle Resources Plc, United Kingdom

Conference Program Day 1

Wednesday 12 August 2009

Session 1.0.1

Joint keynote and opening session
Chairman: Ambassador Dr Juma V. Mwapachu, Secretary General, East African Community, Tanzania

09h00 – 09h10

Welcome address
Sindiso Ngwenya, Secretary General, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Zambia

09h10 – 09h40

Opening address
Honourable William Ngeleja, Minister, Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Tanzania

09h40 – 10h00

Keynote address
Honourable Simon D’Ujanga, Minister of State for Energy, Ministry of Energy, Uganda

10h00 – 11h30

Plenary panel: Creating and investment environment in East Africa
An esteemed high level panel will share their perspectives on what the middle road is for the region in creating an enabling investment environment. Some topics that will be covered include East Africa in the context of global economic downturn; national and regional infrastructure plans particularly for power, the role of extractive industries in the light of the region’s oil and gas potential as well as the role of the private sector and industry.

Moderator:  Ambassador Dr Juma V. Mwapachu, Secretary General, East African Community, Tanzania


  • Omari Issa, Chief Executive, Investment Climate Facility, ICF, Tanzania
  • Esther Mkwizu, Chairperson, Tanzania Private Sector Foundation, Tanzania
  • Amb. Ami Mpungwe, Chairman, Chamber of Mines, Tanzania
  • Eng. Alley Mwakibolwa, Director, Projects’ Development, National Development Corporation, Tanzania
  • Dr Sipho Moyo, Resident Representative, African Development Bank, Tanzania
  • John F. Moran, Chief of Staff, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), United States
  • Kurt Simonsen, Head of Regional Representation: Central and East Africa, European Investment Bank, Kenya
  • Dr Kevin K. Kariuki, Head of Infrastructure, Industrial Promotion Services (K) Ltd, Kenya
Session 1.2.1

Interconnection: Status of regional power interconnection initiatives
High level presentations looking at power interconnection projects from NELSAP, the East African Master Plan and the Regional Gas Pipeline as well as the Kenya-Ethiopia and Kenya-Tanzania interconnection projects.  This will enable discussion in the next session on regulation.

Chairman: Eng. Joseph K. Njoroge, Managing Director & CEO, Kenya Power & Lighting Company Ltd. (KPLC), Kenya

13h30 – 14h00

Nile equatorial lakes subsidiary action programme (NELSAP) power interconnection projects
Dr Humphrey R. Ndigwa, Ag. Regional Project Manager, Nile Basin Initiative, Tanzania

14h00 – 14h30

East African Power Master Plan and Natural Gas Pipeline Projects
Dr Nyamajeje C. Weggoro, Director Productive and Social Sectors, East African Community Secretariat, Tanzania

14h30 – 15h00

Kenya-Ethiopia and Kenya-Tanzania power interconnection projects
David Mwangi, Chief Manager, Planning, Research & Performance Monitoring, Kenya Power and Lighting Company, Kenya

Session 1.2.2

Regulatory issues
A panel of industry experts will explore regional regulatory cooperation cooperation and it’s impact on the national interest.  Topics include legal and regulatory frameworks; integrated energy planning – moving beyond the fortress mentality; tarriff setting – real cost tarriff setting and PPAs – a look at existing PPAs and how to avoid unfair subsidisation

Chairman: Eng. Jasper Oduor, Executive Secretary, Eastern Africa Power Pool, Ethiopia

15h30 – 17h00

Think tank: National and regional electricity regulation – what synergies?


Conference Program Day 2

Thursday 13 August 2009

Session 2.2.1

A look at how to get generation projects off the ground and the role that IPPs in East Africa, finance institutions and the private sector plays.  The role gas and coal will play in the future for power generation

Chairman: Sandy Tickodri-Togboa, Chairman, Uganda Electricity Generation Company Ltd, Uganda

09h00 – 10h30

Think tank: Generation: independants, mining and industry in financing projects


Session 2.2.2

Transmission: Regional power pools – design and operation
Key points for cross-border power transmission infrastructure: design of a regional transmission system; experiences of the Central African Power Pool (CAPP).

Chairman: Dr Idris Rashidi, Managing Director, TANESCO, Tanzania

11h00 – 11h30

The East African Power Pool – overview and objectives
Eng. Jasper Oduor, Executive Secretary, Eastern Africa Power Pool, Ethiopia

11h30 – 12h00

The SAPP Experience in the Implementing Cross – Border Projects
Musara Beta, Chief Market Analyst, Southern African Power Pool, Zimbabwe

12h00 – 12h30

Regional power pools design
Dominique Nicolas, Africa and Network Infrastructure Sales Director, Areva T&D, Automation, France

Session 2.2.3

Case study in the experience of combating vandalism of distribution transformers, how to make distribution networks cost effective and the case for smart grids for East African utilities.

Chairman: Eng. Dr Frank Sebbowa, CEO, Electricity Regulatory Authority, Uganda

13h30 – 14h00

Transformer explosion prevention: TP Successful Activation
Samy Tadjine, Business Development Area Manager, Sergi, France

14h00 – 14h30

Smart metering: useful technology beyond hype and gimmick
Dr Rudi Strubbe, Applications & Software Group EMEA, Marketing Director Metering, M2M & E-Health, Alcatel-Lucent, Belgium

14h30 – 15h00

Questions and Answers

Session 2.2.4
Closing session

16h00 – 16h45

Think tank: The future of energy in east Africa – where to from here?
Regional gas to power: can it be done? Offshore oil: is there any?  Renewable energy: a viable solution for East Africa? Some of the questions to be addressed in this closing panel discussion between utility directors and exploration companies and large consumers of energy in the East African region

Moderator: Mr. Reginald Mengi, Chairman, East African Business Council, Tanzania