Africa Focus: Making Power Available and Viable to Communities

The utilities market in Africa has always been a mixed bag of challenges and opportunities. There is a substantial need of investment, but the road to market reforms remain long. There is a huge demand for electricity, but the existing infrastructure doesn’t support the growing demand. Rapid technological advancements are playing an imperative role in African Power market. Only 39% of population in Africa has access to electricity as compared to 70 – 90% in other developing countries. Population pressures are adding upto the energy demand and hence creating a need for development of newer facilities and expansion of the existing ones.

The session outlines Africa as a region for energy investments, progress and possible outlook and opportunities.

  • What are the key opportunities and challenges for regional and international companies in Africa’s energy and utilities sectors?
  • Are governments doing enough to make Africa an attractive place for foreign investors? What regulatory reforms are required to facilitate private sector investment in the utilities sector?
  • What role will decentralised power play in meeting power demand?
  • What role will renewable energy play in helping African countries meet the power needs of their people?
  • Prospects for energy sharing between African countries.
  • Projections for 2030 – will power be available to everyone?

Neeraj S Mense


Industrial Practice, Frost & Sullivan


Moderator: John van Zuylen




Mohamed Gaji

Principal Scientific Officer

Energy Commission of Nigeria


Nopenyo Dabla

Associate Programme Officer - Sub-Saharan Africa region



Eng. Nicholas Maundu

Principal Renewable Energy Officer

Ministry of Energy – Kenya


Ali Bukar Ahmed

Assistant General Manager – Regulations, Compliance and Market Development

Transmission Company of Nigeria

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