From May 14-16, Cape Town will host the African Utility Week, an event dedicated to African professionals working in the electricity, energy and water sectors.
Gathering professionals from the water and energy sectors in Africa, the meeting will focus on the production, distribution and storage of energy in the continent.
The event, taking place in conjunction with PowerGen Africa,
will help identify, through the sharing of experience, new practices for a better management of the continent’s energy heritage.
More than 10,000 decision makers and 350 exhibitors are expected from 81 countries.
The conference will provide an opportunity to reflect on how to make the water and energy sectors more competitive in Africa.
It will also serve as a forum to discuss, “real business proposals to streamline their procurement process by linking African decision makers in public services, municipalities and commercial enterprises with technology and service providers,” the organizers say.
Climate change and extreme weather conditions; growing threat of drought; partnership agreements to improve access to energy; Critical factors that can influence the success of energy projects; Coca-Cola Initiative on Sustainable Water Management will top the agenda of the meeting.
Note that mini grids have become increasingly important on the continent and are being built at a rapid rate with more than 2,000 mini grids currently across Africa.