What 2009 delegates had to say:
“We needed more time to discuss in more detail!”
Hon. Minister Adam Malima, Deputy Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Tanzania
“Very interesting and engaging, I was really impressed.”
Hon. Minister Charles Keter, Vice Minister of Energy and Mineral Affairs, Kenya
“We needed much more time to get into more detail. Utilities are struggling with budgets and cut-backs on travel and opportunities like these in Africa are becoming rare.”
Mr Abel Tella, Secretary-General of UPDEA
“Excellent networking opportunities – we really got to meet the right people”.
Mr Greg Nott, Managing Partner, Dewey & Leboeuf – gold sponsor Power Indaba
26 May 2009 – Power Indaba 2009 delivered everything that it promised: high-level, interactive discussions between the most important investment stakeholders in the African power industry: from ministers, utilities, investors, legal advisors and financiers. The sessions and panel discussions were lively and engaging with positive feedback received from both the private sector and utilities from around the continent. One of the many highlights was certainly the new South African minister for Energy, Ms Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, who visited the event on Thursday, 21 May and had a private meeting with all her African counterparts present at Power Indaba.
Another highlight was the ministerial panel during the Access session on Central and East Africa – participants and audience alike were so engrossed in the discussions that they almost deprived themselves of lunch! A highlight of the DRC breakfast was unique insight into the new electricity code and privatisation plans.
All the Power Indaba Access sessions proved to be immensely popular with brilliant speakers expressing realistic views. There was lively participation from the audience and the panelists had to field many and varied questions.
Mr Dion Govendor CEO Energy Sector, Siemens and Co-Chair of NEPAD Business Foundation Energy Working Group congratulated the organisers, Spintelligent, on putting together such a varied panel for the Access SADC session. The new Zimbabwe minister of Energy and Power Development, Mr Elias Mudzuri, said the time was right to organise a similar power forum in Zimbabwe. The vital role that the different power pools play in the successful cooperation between the different African regions was emphasized in many of the discussions.
From the many discussions it emerged that there were still many, exciting opportunities for viable projects, smal and large, in Africa.