18 – 20 September 2007
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC) will have been running successfully for nine years in 2007, and will once again encourages regional co-operation in East Africa. This event is the only forum that has provided an annual discussion platform and updates on the power sectors in East Africa.

Exciting projects in Ethiopia include a US$1 billion high-voltage power transmission line from Ethiopia to Kenya, with financiers such as the African Development Bank, Arab Bank, European Investment Bank, East African Development Bank and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad). The Ethiopian Government’s rural electrification project also received a boost recently with a US$ 131.47 million loan form the African Development Bank which is set to supply 335 rural towns and villages in a meaningful empowerment project. Opportunities such as this demonstrate the deep potential of cooperation and networking.

The event is the the annual meeting forum for East Africa power stakeholders and serves to the event theme – Promoting access to energy through regional integration

EAPIC 2007 is highlighting issues relevant to the region and important to the next generation power sector in Eastern Africa:

Highlighted issues are:

  • the viability and processes of biofuels
  • How CDM projects are working for other African countries
  • Generation in East Africa and a way forward
  • Skills development in the power sector
  • Energy and power trading

Speaker highlights include:

  • Honourable Minister Alemayehu Tegenu, Minister of Mines and Energy, Ethiopia
  • Miheret Debebe, Managing Director, Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation, (EEPCO), Ethiopia
  • Callixte Kambanda, Executive Secretariat, East African Power Pool, Ethiopia
  • Edward Njroge, Chief Executive Officer, KENGEN, Kenya
  • Fatima Moustafa, Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office-Power Co-ordinator Unit, Ethiopia
  • Suresh Vishwakarma, Principle Engineer, Public Utilities Corporation(Electricity Division), Seychelles
  • Willem Theron, International Trade Manager, Eskom, South Africa  

The event highlights include:

  • Pre-conference workshop detailing the viability of biofuels and CDM projects as well as working towards a green East Africa
  • Networking cocktail function – Enjoy a taste of Ethiopia
  • Opening session- meet the Minister of Mines and Energy, Ethiopia
  • Panel discussion on the future of generation and PPPs in East Africa
  • Energy trading session and discussion with all the regional players