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The 5th annual West African Power Industry Convention (WAPIC) will be incorporated into the Infrastructure Partnerships for African Development (iPAD) West Africa 2008 conference and exhibition, enriching an already well-established power industry event by juxtaposing it with complementary infrastructure verticals. WAPIC at iPAD West Africa takes place from 25-27 November 2008 in Abuja, Nigeria.

WAPIC provides the ideal platform for the West African power industry to work towards sustainable development, attract future investment, and source business opportunities. This international event encourages regional cooperation through a unique forum covering the full spectrum of generation, transmission and distribution issues as well as the development and reformation of the West African power sector. Traditionally, the event focuses on:

  • Finance
  • Regional cooperation
  • Alternative and renewable energy sources
  • Integrated energy plans
  • Demand side management
  • Privatisation and government policies
  • Ways of turning environmental challenges into profitable solutions for the power sector

In 2008, WAPIC will take place in Abuja, Nigeria – the third time the event will be held in the Nigerian capital. The Nigerian government has committed to the pursuit of its 2020 vision, a bold plan to become one of the world’s top 20 economies by 2020. Energy is a vital component of ensuring the success of this vision. Without a reliable power supply, the cost of doing business will remain elevated and Nigeria’s quest for economic liberation hindered.

WAPIC will provide in-depth coverage of the present power industry climate in Nigeria. Alhaja Fatima Ibrahim, Minister of State for Energy (Power), and Engr. Bello Suleiman, Executive Vice Chairman of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, are to deliver the keynote addresses at the event, relating to Nigeria’s strategic approach to infrastructural development in the electric power sector.

The CEO of the Rural Electrification Agency, Engr. Sam I Gekpe, will speak on Rural electrification: A government social policy objective. Another highlight from the programme is a case study on the small hydropower projects in Nigeria, delivered by two senior representatives from the respective development authorities.

WAPIC will also afford coverage of the entire region, and provide insights related to regional integration. Prof. Joseph Assie Bénié, Director General of ANARE, will present a case study focused on the Ivory Coast; and Jonathan Manson, Electricity and Energy Project Advisor from the European Copper Institute, is to deliver insights from observations of Brazilian and Senegalese peri-urban electrification projects. A Ghanaian case study, Development of the electric power distribution sector: The Ghanaian experience, will be given by Jude Osafo Adu-Amankwah, Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana. Ade Adeola, Managing Director: Project & Export Finance for the Standard Chartered Bank, UK will participate in a panel discussion about the fundamental issues facing the integration of electrical power infrastructure development in the West African sub-region, and Babatunde Adeyemo, Director of the West African Power Pool, will chair the session dedicated to regional integration in the energy sector, as well as serve on a panel discussing strategies for public-private synergy at country and regional levels.

The private sector will be essential in driving growth in Africa. To facilitate growth, governments are well advised to promote an enabling environment for private sector involvement. Issues such as legal and regulatory reform, government loans, and public-private partnerships will form an integral part of WAPIC and the iPAD West Africa event.

Do not miss this chance to build your business networks and gain the knowledge to put your company ahead! To find out more or to view the programme visit

WAPIC will offer dual translation in French and English. It will be held at the Abuja International Conference Centre in Abuja, Nigeria from 25-27 November 2008.

Phone: +27 21 700 3500 (International)
Fax: +27 21 700 3501 (International)

The Power Holding Company of Nigeria is the host utility for WAPIC. ESI Africa magazine is the host publication.