The World Bank has aligned with the Nigerian government in its goal to become one of the top twenty economies by 2020. Without a reliable power supply, however, Nigeria’s quest for development would be unrealistic, as the cost of doing business would be quite prohibitive. The government wants to maximise reforms in the power sector through institutions and the Abuja power project is part of its National Energy Development Project to boost power supply.

The private sector will drive growth in Africa and, to help it do so, governments should be promoting an enabling environment. This means listening to the private sector, lending directly to private interests and helping governments reform their legal and regulatory frameworks to strengthen governance and accountability.

iPAD West Africa incorporates the 5th West African Power Industry Convention (WAPIC) and the 1st West African Water Seminar.

We invite submission of papers on the following topics:

Energy:
•    Prepayment
•    Rural electrification
•    IPPs
•    Privatisation
•    Power reform
•    Hydro power
•    New projects
•    Project financing
•    Investment opportunities
•    Energy/power pools
•    Regulation
•    Renewable energy
•    Distribution and transmission

Water:
•    Water management
•    Rural water services and distribution
•    New projects
•    Project financing
•    Investment opportunities

Transport/Infrastructure:
•    Infrastructure development
•    Privatisation
•    Road, rail, ports projects
•    Project financing
•    Investment opportunities

ICT/Telecoms:

•    Privatisation
•    ICT projects
•    Project financing
•    Telecommunications infrastructure
•    Investment opportunities

Construction/Public works
•    New projects
•    Project financing
•    Investment opportunities

Finance
•    Finance infrastructure
•    Trade and industry development in the sub-region
•    Regional co-operation
•    Economic co-operation

Mining:
•    Exploration
•    New projects
•    Investment opportunities
•    Mining rights acquisition
•    Small-scale vs large-scale mining
•    Land rights
•    Social projects/community development
•    Taxation and fiscal issues

Kindly submit a one page abstract by 15th August 2008.  Email nicole.smith@spintelligent.com