The meeting that runs from Nov.5-6 offers a platform for private investors, project developers, consultants, technology and solution providers and financiers looking for opportunities in Rwanda’s energy, infrastructure and mining sectors.
Speaking at the opening, Abel Didier Tella, the director general of the Association of Power Utilities of Africa in Ivory Coast, called on countries to invest in renewable energy as the most effective way to increase the continent’s power supply.
Governments in Africa, according to Tella, must encourage and ensure that there are more investment into off-grid projects to increase connectivity.
James Musoni, Rwanda’s minister of Infrastructure said his government has devized a new strategy to attract more private sector investments in power generation as government concentrates on building a more sustainable network.
“We need a lot of energy and we cannot support it alone, that is why we are encouraging public private sector partnerships as one of the strategies to meet our targets,” Musoni said.
The experts stressed the need for public private sector partnerships to increase investments in off-grid and renewable energy solutions.
The conference is being held under the theme “boosting private investment for national infrastructure and industrial developments.”
Rwanda’s power generation capacity stands at 161.2MW, with a target to increase it to 563MW by 2018. Enditem