Washington DC energy conference to welcome African leaders

SOUTH AFRICA POWERProviding energy to Africa, including via the gas-to-power supply chain, will be a focus of Powering Africa: Summit. (Image Source: J. Endres) The Powering Africa: Summit will host energy ministers and energy industry leaders from a number of African countries when the event is held in Washington DC from 27-29 January 2016

Among the confirmed attendees are: Jeannot Matadi Matadi Nenga Gamanda, Democratic Republic of Congo's Minister of Energy and Water Resources; Obeth Kandjoze, Namibia's Minister of Energy and Minerals; Andy Herscowitz, Coordinator of Power Africa and Trade Africa; and Karen Breytenbach, Head of the IPP Office for South Africa's Department of Energy.

The summit is an investment conference where African ministers of finance and energy and US government agencies behind the Power Africa initiative will meet with private sector investors and power developers from Africa and North America with a view to driving strategic partnerships between investors, project developers, governments, utilities and regulators to bring power to Africa. Discussions are expected to include power and infrastructure projects including the gas-to-power supply chain. An update on the South African Gas IPP programme will also be on the summit's agenda.

Powering Africa: Summit was first held in Washington DC in January 2015 with 17 African countries represented.

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