VIP Conference Day 1 11:40, Transmission & Distribution
Panel: Interconnecting Africa’s grids – what’s the end game?
• The status of interconnections • Meeting the challenges of operationalising power pools in Africa • Lessons from the SAPP approach • Countries with net exporter ambitions: can they be relied upon? • Holistic approach for grid interconnections in Africa
African energy projects: Sovereign guarantee or no sovereign guarantee? A choice with a long-lasting impact
• Are African power sovereign guarantees worth the paper they are written on? • Innovative funding models – financing without sovereign guarantees • For the bold and fearless: How to invest in a non-investment grade market • Where are the investors looking to invest
Brian O'Hanlon,Director of Business Development, Political & Sovereign Risk Insurance, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Alan Mukoki,Chief Executive Officer, South African Chamber of Commerce and Inudstry
Keynote panel: An industry on the move: The utility of the future
• Increasing pressure in the global power industry’s core businesses and unprecedented competition across the value chain • Massive opportunities awaiting those able to transform themselves and stay ahead of the curve as new technologies becomes competitive in many markets and have profoundly changed utilities needs • How this is affecting utilities across the globe and in Africa especially as many view the revolution as a threat to their business model • Diversifying the utility’s business model to safeguard profits: Ancillary service revenue opportunities from managing the customer’s home • The grid is going smart: How to position the utility as a broadband service provider
Now’s your chance to get really interactive! Simply pick one of our roundtable topics and join the debate. Numbers will be limited at each table, to ensure everybody gets their chance to participate in the discussion.
ROUNDTABLE: Africa’s biggest untapped resource: energy efficiency