There is an urgent need to address the problems plaguing Africa’s power sector, but a large gap exists between infrastructure needs and the availability of resources. An estimated USD 40.8 billion a year in investments are needed for Africa’s power sector, but ODA and funding from the public sector are not sufficient to meet this need. Consequently, the private sector will need to play a significant role in closing the demand-resources gap by providing funds and expertise.
It is widely acknowledged that the private sector can play an important role in tackling Africa’s power crisis. The benefits of private sector participation include filling the funding gap for projects; creating a more competitive environment; providing technological and managerial expertise. With its concern for maximizing profit, the private sector can also help reduce operating costs, which is essential for financial viability given current weak revenue flows.
- Alfredo Abad – Head of Southern and Eastern Africa, European Investment Bank, South Africa
- Damien Navizet – Investment Officer, Energy Sector Specialist, Agence Francaise de Developpement, South Africa
- Georg Grüner – Senior Project Manager,Saharan Africa Regional Office, Kfw IPEX-Bank GmbH
- Dave Smit – Structured Finance, Energy, FMO, Netherlands
- Admassu Tadesse – Group Executive, Development Bank of Southern Africa, South Africa
- Liliang Teng – Chief Representative, China-Africa Development Fund, South Africa
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to meet the financiers and understand:
- What financing model is the best for power projects – is there one that has worked best for renewable energy that may not be appropriate for another type of generation technology.
- Are PPPs the best model for financing power in Africa?
- What other innovative methods of financing have been used previously, even in other sectors, which may be applicable for power?
- What policy issues are necessary to attract investments and what kind of regulation needs to be in place for these to become a reality?
- What other considerations are there to attracting investment – ease of doing business, lack of corruption, credit ratings, guarantees etc
- What types of energy/power generation is attracting the most investment and is this something for governments to take into consideration when they are planning their expansion projects?
- The Green Economy vs. Africa’s need to industrialise – does this affect financier’s policy?
Book now to ensure you have a place at this prestigious meeting. Download the programme to view the full agenda and register to access the African power sector’s deal makers. The Power Indaba Summit is part of the 11th African Utility Week.
We look forward to welcoming you in Cape Town in March.
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