Posted by: africanpressorganization | 8 May 2015

Power Africa at the African Utility Week


 

Power Africa at the African Utility Week

 

PRETORIA, South-Africa, May 8, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Power Africa at the African Utility Week

 

When: May 12 – 14, 2015

Where: Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa

 

Background:

The United States Government is serving as the Country Partner for the 2015 African Utility Week from May 12-14, 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa. U.S. Government officials will engage in meetings and presentations with representatives from African governments, the public sector and private sector companies. These officials will highlight the work of Power Africa, a U.S. Government initiative designed to add 30,000 Megawatts of new and cleaner power generation in all of sub-Saharan Africa and to increase electricity access with 60 million new home and business connections.

 

Senior U.S. officials who will deliver speeches include:

–    Amos Hochstein, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, U.S. Department of State

–    Andrew Herscowitz, Coordinator for Power Africa and Trade Africa, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

–    Peter Ballinger, Director, U.S.-African Clean Energy Development and Finance Center, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

–    Jonathan Bloom, Deputy Vice President for Compact Operations, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)

 

Attendees and visitors to the conference will be able to interact with officials from U.S. companies as part of the U.S. pavilion, hosted by the Foreign Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce and Power Africa.

 

Schedule of Speaking Engagements:

TUESDAY, MAY 12

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Keynote: Africa Is Open for Business: Investing in Africa, the Hottest Frontier

Andrew Herscowitz, Coordinator for Power Africa and Trade Africa

 

1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Utility CEO Forum: Energy Security: Why Power Pools and Power Trading are Tools You Should Be Utilizing/ Global Best Practices in Power Pooling and Power Trading

Amos Hochstein, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, U.S. Department of State

 

3 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Finance & Investment Forum: Case Study: Develop Your Clean Energy Projects Into Bankable Opportunities

Peter Ballinger, Director, U.S.-African Clean Energy Development and Finance Center, OPIC

 

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Finance & Investment Forum: Panel Discussion: How to Access and Leverage Soft Funding for Social Development Programmes

Peter Ballinger, Director, U.S.-African Clean Energy Development and Finance Center, OPIC

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Keynote: Global Power Sector Trends – Best Practices for Africa

Amos Hochstein, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, U.S. Department of State

 

1:20 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.

Finance & Investment Forum: Case Study, Session 3: The Ghana Power Compact and How Ghana’s Strong Commitment to Implement Reforms Will Attract Private Investment

Jonathan Bloom, Deputy Vice President for Compact Operations, MCC

 

1:35 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Finance & Investment Forum: Panel Discussion: Putting the Right Legal Framework in Place Andrew Herscowitz, Coordinator for Power Africa and Trade Africa

Jonathan Bloom, Deputy Vice President for Compact Operations, MCC

 

SOURCE 

US Department of State


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