Nairobi power summit a success
from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI – THE recently-concluded East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC) has been hailed as a success.
The event was held in Nairobi, bringing together stakeholders from the region.
“The 16th East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC) that took place in Nairobi in September has proven that it is still the most important
gathering for quality discussions on where the power sector in the region is going.
“We look forward to taking the event to the next level next year with a strong push towards a much larger exhibition model,” said EAPIC Programme Director, Irene Ochem.
She added that there was general consensus at EAPIC about the need to increase generation, update transmission and distribution networks, reduce
cost of generation, increase access to rural dwellers, improve efficiency, capacity building and customer service, as well as having an appropriate
power generation mix.
“There is also a need for more reforms and improved regulation, coordinated and enhanced regional efforts to ensure regional power interconnection and integration,” she said.
EAPIC gathered more than 700 participants from 31 countries, including from the region’s leading power utilities, large industries and investors as well as 47 technology and service providers who showcased their products on the exhibition.
Kenyan utilities KENGEN, Kenya Power, KETRACO and the Ministry of Energy were key partners again in what is the longest running power conference and expo in East Africa.
Large East African utilities such as Tanesco, UEGCL, UMEME and Rwanda Energy Group (EEG) were also present again this year.
– CAJ News
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