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Addressing East Africa’s crippling power deficit

Addressing East Africa’s crippling power deficit

Mar 4, 2015

NAIROBI, Kenya, 4 March 2015 ~ Ministers and senior representatives from four East African countries have recently pledged their support in solving East Africa’s crippling power deficit.

Key speakers from the World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB), IFC, Barclays, Symbion Power, KenGen, KPLC, UMEME and EEP will address game-changing actions for the power sector including; the critical role transmission must play in East Africa’s industrialisation, the role of power utilities, how best to overcome financing obstacles and how the cost of regional borrowing can be lessened by unlocking the transmission deadlock.

EnergyNet’s Programme Manager Ms Veronica Bolton-Smith said of the recent Ministerial confirmations; “When you consider that Powering East Africa is a targeted meeting for a small number of participants, the presence of four of the most powerful people in the region’s energy sector highlights the need for such focused talks.”

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Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of EnergyNet Ltd.

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