SA interest in E/Africa power sector high
By SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC) will this week lead a delegation of 25 companies to the East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC) in Nairobi, Kenya this week.
This is more than double the number of companies that the SAEEC led to EAPIC last year, thanks to the support of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the South African High Commission in Kenya.
SAEEC Chief Executive Officer, Chiboni Evans, said their increased participation was also an indication of the importance South Africa ascribed to not only the power sector in Africa but to the East African region.
The South African delegation that will exhibit at EAPIC includes Allbro, Conlog, Syntell, Lucy Electric, Powertech, Siemens, Landis+Gyr, Osisoft and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories.
These are larger and more established South African companies that have proven track records of providing a wide range of electricity infrastructure products and services across Africa – from generation and transmission to distribution.”
She added that the competencies and abilities of South African companies in the power and electrical engineering sub sector were well known.
In the power sector, in particular, South African companies are highly regarded as solution providers for both new builds and the rehabilitation of generation, transmission and distribution power projects,
Evans said East Africa was a key market for South Africa and was confident visiting delegates from the various utilities across Africa will be impressed with the goods, services and solutions offered by all the SAEEC member companies exhibiting at EAPIC 2015.
She said the competitiveness of South African companies in East Africa was likely to increase given the impending elimination or reduction of import duties, emanating from the Free Trade Agreements, into key markets such as Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia.
The regional integration we are witnessing in East Africa through institutions such as the East Africa Power Pool and the promotion of renewable generation also present opportunities for South African businesses.”
The 17th edition of the EAPIC conference and expo will take place taking place at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in the Kenyan capital on Thursday and Friday.
It is expected to gather some 1 200 visitors this year, including from the region’s leading power utilities, large industries and investors as well as technology and service providers who will showcase their products on the exhibition.
A highlight is the inaugural East African Power Industry Awards.
Also new at this year’s EAPIC is the Clean Power East Africa conference track that will focus on renewable energy generation in the region which will enable delegates to learn more about the potential, technologies and processes for clean power.
EAPIC and the East African Power Industry Awards are organised by Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the United Kingdom.
– CAJ News
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