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iPAD East Africa: Conference Program

iPAD (Infrastructure Partnerships for African Development) East Africa

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 1.1.1

Transport: Rail and Road
There is a need to invest in developing the transport infrastructure is the responsibility of all Stakeholders: Government, Private Sector, Development Partners and Civil Societies.  By harnessing this approach, there will be mutual benefits to all parties as the economies in question would lead to more effective trade leading to competitive participation in regional and international trade.  Experts share their perspectives for fast-tracking progress in this vital sector.

Chairman: Amb. Robert C. Perry, Vice President for International Programmes, Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), United States

13h30 – 14h00

Keynote address: Infrastructure and transport for East Africa
Honourable Dr. Shukuru Kawambwa, Minister, Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Tanzania

14h00 – 15h00

Panel discussion: Fast-tracking investment in the east African transport sector

Moderator: Joe Eshun, Public Sector Leader for Mid Africa, Deloitte, Tanzania


  • H.L. Chaudhary, Managing Director, Tanzania Railways, Tanzania
  • Eng. Benhadard M. Tito, Managing Director, RAHCO, Tanzania
  • O.O Igogo, President, Tanzania Freight Forwarders Association, Tanzania
Session  1.1.2

Transport: Regional Corridors
The creation of trade corridors in East Africa is a strategy to promote efficient and cost effective movement of goods across the region and allow for accessibility to key ports to facilitate both import and export of viable goods.  This session aims to give an update from stakeholders on progress made and future strategies to enhance regional integration

Chairman: Dr Samuel M. Nyantahe, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Utilities, Transport and Infrastructure, Confederation of Tanzania Industries, Tanzania

15h30 – 16h00

Investing in ports and maritime
Deogratias Mukasa, Manager Ports & Shipping Services, Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority, Tanzania

16h00 – 16h30

Ports and Transit Corridors: The Case of Dar es Salaam Port
Iddy R. Mkwata, Assistant Port Manager Operations and Technical Issues, Dar es Salaam Port, Tanzania

16h30 – 17h00

S.M.A.K. Kaombwe, Project Manager for Central Development Corridor, National Development Corporation, Tanzania

Conference Program Day 2

Thursday 13 August 2009

Session 2.1.1

East African trade and industry: Technology and Services
21st century economies are driven by services which are founded on technology and dependant on effective reforms in the telecoms sector and information infrastructure.  Where is East Africa in terms of regulation and policy, strengthening links among local, national and regional networks and markets?  What new applications have been devloped and how are they being applied in different sectors?

Chairman: Emmanuel O. Naiko, Executive Director, Tanzania Investment Centre, Tanzania

09h00 – 09h30

Keynote address
Mr. Patrick Makungu, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology, Tanzania

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09h30 – 10h00

Mobile Banking Services
Nassoro Hamza, Head of Global Transaction Services, Citibank Tanzania Limited, Tanzania

10h00 – 10h30

Internet Infrastructures
Shiletsi Makhofane, Chief Executive Officer, Africa Online Tanzania Ltd., Tanzania

Session 2.1.2

Access East Africa
Showcase of what Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda have to offer.  Specific sector focus: agribusiness, energy, ICT/telecoms and tourism.  Opportunity to network with high profile business leaders from the three countries.
Chairman: Mr. Reginald Mengi, Chairman, East African Business Council, Tanzania*

11h00 – 11h30

Tanzania: facilitating import and export in Tanzania
Grace E. Makani-Tarimo, Trade & Investment Advisor, UKTI, Tanzania

11h30 – 12h00

Rwanda: strategies for rural development through investment in power and telecommunications infrastructure
Rosemary Mbabazi, Acting Director General, Rwanda Development Board, Rwanda

12h00 – 12h30

Kenya: financial and investment climate in Kenya
Roslyn Ng’eno, Senior Policy Advocacy Officer, Kenya Investment Authority, Kenya

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