15 February 2010 – The Sudanese minister of Energy and Mining, the Honourable John Luk Jok, is the latest top level cabinet member from an important African country to confirm his attendance at Power Indaba – the unique ministerial power investment forum that forms part of the annual African Utility Week that starts in Durban on Monday 22 February.  The South African Energy minister, Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, will officially open the event on Tuesday 23 February while her Public Enterprises colleague, minister Barbara Hogan, will also appear at what is still Africa’s largest power utility event.  Energy ministers from Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Tanzania will also attend.

Says Power Indaba’s event director, Le-ann Keymer: “We are very pleased with this year’s turn-out of really high-level ministers as well as policy makers and international financiers which shows that Power Indaba is becoming an important power development event.  It is important to us that Power Indaba provides the opportunity for top level power professionals and ministers to meet and discuss the real issues and challenges facing the financing of infrastructure in the African power sector. “

Other VIP speakers and guests at Power Indaba:

  • Honourable Minister Elias Mudzuri, Minister of Energy and Power Development, Zimbabwe
  • Honourable Minister Joe Oteng Adjei, Minister of Energy, Ghana
  • Minister John Luk Jok,  Minister of Energy and Mining, Sudan
  • Honorable Vice Minister Charles Keter, Ministry of Energy, Kenya
  • Honourable vice Minister Adam Malima, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Tanzania
  • Jean Dieudonné Kavese Paluku, Director, Ministry of Energy, DRC
  • Neliswa Mugabane, Director General, Ministry of Energy, South Africa
  • Amb. Joseph C Wilson IV, Symbion Power, United States

Confirmed speakers and participants from Eskom:

  • Ayanda Noah, Managing Director, 2010, Eskom, South Africa
  • Erica Johnson, Chief Officer: Customer Network Business Eskom, South Africa
  • Mark van der Riet, Corporate Consultant, Fuels and Combustion Technologies, Eskom, South Africa
  • Generation Africa:  Malcolm Fawkes, Senior Manager, Generation Business Learning Faculty, Generation Business, Eskom, South Africa

Highlights from the programme:

  • Panel Discussion: Driving investment within the utility sector in Africa
  • Working together for 2010: How local and regional co-operation will ensure a successful Fifa World cup
  • Access breakfasts with executive insider briefings on the investment opportunities and incentives in the DRC and Zimbabwe
  • How to overcome the challenges and negotiation private investment in a cross border transmission project in Southern Africa
  • Capacity building – Southern Africa’s power priorities
  • How regional co-operation and generation initiatives stimulate growth in the power sector: Best practices from East & Central Africa

Utility executives, regional experts and regulators at Power Indaba:

  • Victor Mathale, International Trade and Economic Development, NEPAD, South Africa
  • Steven Hayes, President, Corporate Council for Africa, United States
  • Hanson Sindowe, Chairman, Copperbelt Energy Corporation, Zambia
  • Admassu Tadesse, Group Executive: International Division, DBSA, South Africa
  • Frank Sebbowa, Ugandan Regulatory Authority, Uganda
  • Laurent Kitoko, Advisor to the CEO on International relations, SNEL, DRC
  • Ibrahima Thiam, Chairman, ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority, Ghana
  • Lawrence Musaba, Secretariat General, Southern African Power Pool, Zimbabwe
  • Ben Rafemoyo, Chief Executive Officer, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority, Zimbabwe
  • Thembani Bukula, Electricity Regulator, NERSA, South Africa
  • Vika di Panzu, Senior Advisor in the Chief Executive Office, SNEL,  DRC
  • Abel Didier Tella,  Secrétaire Général, UPDEA, Côte d’Ivoire
  • Peter Metcalf, The Foundation for the Development of Africa (FDA) and the Africa Trade Centre, South Africa

African Utility Week/Power Indaba unites 2000 senior power industry executives and decision makers from over 40 countries, representing the key stakeholders from the entire power utility eco-system, focusing on power infrastructure investment, renewable energy and new industry technologies.  Eskom and the eThekwini Municipality are the the host utilities for the event.

For more information contact:
Communications Manager:  Annemarie Roodbol
Phone:  +27 (0) 21 700-3500 EXT:  3558
Email:  annemarie.roodbol@spintelligent.com
Event websites:  www.african-utility-week.com ; www.powerindaba.com
For more events by Spintelligent:  www.spintelligent-events.com