Wednesday 25 November 2015
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Session 3.1.1

09:00    
A Spotlight on Ghana & Benin: Structuring &Financing of Energy Projects in West Africa

  • The Benin Compact  –  supporting Benin’s ambitious policy reform aims at creating a more prosperous future
  • Financing Ghana’s Kpone Independent Power Project
  • How to ensure the creation of enterprise and shareholder value for investments in the Energy Sector in Africa

Moderator:
Lolu Adubifa, Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer, Lavayo Energy, Nigeria

Speakers include:
Christopher Broughton, Resident Country Director, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Benin
Samuel Batcho, National Coordinator, Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact Development & Director-General, Port of Cotonou, Benin
Gbêdonougbo Claude Gbaguidi, President, l’Autorité de Régulation de l’Electricité du Bénin, Benin
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Janos Bonta, Senior Investment Officer – Structured Finance Energy, FMO, The Netherlands

Nousrath Bhugeloo, Chief Business Development Officer, Abax, Mauritius

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Session 3.1.2

10:45    
Speeding Up the Transition to Cost Reflective Tariffs (CRT)

  • How will the CRT prove to be a crucial step in assuring the sustainability of national utilities & in attracting private investment?
  • CRT places electricity beyond reach of the lower income population – can a pro-poor tariff structure be facilitated without compromising the sustainability of the power system as a whole?
  • Do inadequate interregional connections pose a challenge & limit the amount of cross border trading that can take place?
  • Are Discos willing to withdraw the notices of political Force Majeure based on progress made in resolving the tariff issue?

Moderator:
Dolapo Kukoyi, Partner, Detail Solicitors, Nigeria

Panellists:   
Yinka Balogun, Special Assistant to the Governor on Energy, Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria
Rumundaka Wonodi, Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading, Nigeria
Jamil Gwamna, Managing Director, Kano Electricity Distribution Company, Nigeria
Olufunke Jones, Country Head, Power and Energy, Ecobank, Nigeria
Helen Brume, Divisional Head, Power, Infrastructure and Project Finance, United Bank for Africa, Nigeria
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Session 3.1.3

14:00
A-Z of Rural Electrification & Funding Requirements

  • Regulatory frameworks & business models for off-grid electrification
  • Exploring pilot projects requiring funding

Moderator:
Ferguson Hamilton Tobins, Former Co-Director, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Nigeria

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Jannik Moller, Head of Unit Rural Electrification, GIZ, Nigeria

John Okoro, Sales Manager, Vergnet Group, France

Suraj O. Amadu, Advisor in Engineering & Operations, Ghana Grid Company, (GRIDCo), Ghana
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Session 3.1.4

15:30
Projects in the Pipeline: Outlining the Vast Investment Potential of the Regional Power Market

  • Assessing performance improvement & reform requirements
  • Facilitating meaningful stakeholder consultations to ensure the success of transactions
  • An overview of WAPP interconnection, power generation & network synchronization projects taking full advantage of the multiple opportunities derivable from the regional electricity market

Moderator:
Philip Asante, Vice President, North and West Africa, CPCS, Canada

Speakers include:
Mustapha Zakaria-Cissé, Project Coordinator, West African Power Pool (WAPP), Benin
Opuiyo Oforiokuma, Chief Executive Officer, ARM-Harith Infrastructure Investment, Nigeria
Martin Mainz, Regional Director, DEG, Ghana
Matthew Burton, Director, Office of Economic Growth & Environment, USAID/Nigeria, USA

17:00
Close of Conference by Chairman
Eyo Ekpo, Former Commissioner, NERC & Team Lead, Presidential Task Force on Power, Nigeria