Private sector participation in the energy sector, small-scale hydro and mini grid opportunities, desalination as an option to secure water security and helping SSMEs with a toolkit are just some of the highlights of the Digital African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa agenda.The programme forms part of the ‘Digital Energy Festival for Africa’ which unites African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa, Africa Energy Forum and the Oil & Gas Council’s Africa Assembly under one banner. It is offering an unprecedented five-week tour de force of quality content and engagement on the continent’s largest, all-encompassing digital energy platform. The ‘Digital Energy Festival’ has been taking place from 20 October. The digital platform has allowed attendees to access content and networking offerings across all three market-leading events with one point of entry, making it the largest ever energy event for the African continent marketed to a combined energy database of over 200,000.
Topic and speaker highlights of Digital African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa programme include:
Tuesday, 24 November, 2020:
- Opening Keynote Address: Private sector participation in the African power sector
- Host ministerial address: Fireside discussion with Gwede Mantashe, Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, South Africa*
- Host utility address: Fireside discussion with André de Ruyter, Group Chief Executive, Eskom, South Africa*
- Small scale hydro opportunities in East Africa
Wednesday, 25 November, 2020:
- Building resilient incomes to ensure sustainable business models
- Decentralised desalination versus a centralised water system
Thursday, 26 November, 2020:
- Utility guide for pivoting to digital
- How do you start a career or decide areas to upskill during this period of flux?