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Abengoa to develop 132 kilometer transmission line project in Kenya

Posted on 15 May 2013 by Africa Business

– The project, financed by the African Development Bank, is worth approximately €32 million.

About Abengoa

Abengoa (MCE: ABG.B) is a company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, generating electricity from the sun, producing biofuels, desalinating sea water and recycling industrial waste. (www.abengoa.com)

SEVILLE, Spain /PRNewswire/ – Abengoa (MCE: ABG.B), the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, has been chosen by the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) of the Kenyan Ministry of Energy for an electricity transmission project that includes construction of a 132 kilometer line and extension of an existing substation in Kenya, in a contract worth approximately €32 million.

The project, which is being financed by the African Development Bank, is part of the plan called “Interconnection of Electric Grids of Nile Equatorial Lakes Countries,” which is being developed in Africa and involves the construction of approximately 769 kilometers of transmission lines in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Burundi. Abengoa will not retain any interest in the constructed assets.

Abengoa will be responsible for the engineering, construction and commissioning, ensuring the highest levels of quality at every stage of the process. The 132 kilometer line will run from the substation in Lessos, Kenya, to the border with Uganda to connect with the Tororo, Uganda, substation. Abengoa will also extend the Lessos substation and be responsible for its design, construction and commissioning.

The project is scheduled to be completed within 18 months and handed over to Ketraco in November 2014.

This contract, together with projects previously carried out in Tanzania and Kenya, will strengthen Abengoa’s presence in the African market, reinforcing its position as a leading transmission and distribution contractor.

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GSMA Establishes Office In Nairobi To Support Burgeoning African Telecoms Market

Posted on 15 May 2013 by Africa Business

Mobile Connections in Sub-Saharan Africa Increase 20 Per Cent to 500 Million in 2013 and Are Expected to Increase by an Additional 50 Per Cent by 2018

iHub is Nairobi‘s Innovation Hub for the technology community, which is an open space for the technologists, investors, tech companies and hackers in the area. This space is a tech community facility with a focus on young entrepreneurs, web and mobile phone programmers, designers and researchers. It is part open community workspace (co-working), part vector for investors and VCs and part incubator. More information can be found here: http://www.ihub.co.ke/about

About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators with more than 230 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in industry sectors such as financial services, healthcare, media, transport and utilities. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as the Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia Expo.


NAIROBI, Kenya, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – The GSMA today announced that it has opened a permanent office in Nairobi, Kenya. The office will be based in the heart of Nairobi‘s Innovation Hub (iHub) for the technology community and will enable the GSMA to work even more closely with its members and other industry stakeholders to extend the reach and socio-economic benefits of mobile throughout Africa.

“It is an exciting time to launch our new office in Africa, as the region is an increasingly vibrant and critical market for the mobile industry, representing over 10 per cent of the global market,” said Anne Bouverot , Director General, GSMA. “The rapid pace of mobile adoption has delivered an explosion of innovation and huge economic benefits in the region, directly contributing US$ 32 billion to the Sub-Saharan African economy, or 4.4 per cent of GDP. With necessary spectrum allocations and transparent regulation, the mobile industry could also fuel the creation of 14.9 million new jobs in the region between 2015 and 2020.”

According to the latest GSMA’s Wireless Intelligence data, total mobile connections in Sub-Saharan Africa passed the 500 million mark in Q1 2013, increasing by about 20 per cent year-on-year. Connections are expected to grow by a further 50 per cent, or 250 million connections, over the next five years which requires greater regulatory certainty to foster investment and release of additional harmonised spectrum for mobile.

The region currently accounts for about two-thirds of connections in Africa but the amount of spectrum allocated to mobile services in Africa is among the lowest worldwide. Governments in Sub-Saharan Africa risk undermining their broadband and development goals unless more spectrum is made available. In particular, the release of the Digital Dividend spectrum – which has the ideal characteristics for delivering mobile broadband, particularly to rural populations – should be a priority.

The region also has some of the highest levels of mobile internet usage globally. In Zimbabwe and Nigeria, mobile accounts for over half of all web traffic at 58.1 per cent and 57.9 per cent respectively, compared to a 10 per cent global average. 3G penetration levels are forecast to reach a quarter of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2017 (from six per cent in 2012) as the use of mobile-specific services develops.

However, despite the high number of connections, rapid growth and mobile internet usage, mobile penetration among individuals remains relatively low. Fewer than 250 million people had subscribed to a mobile service in the region, putting unique subscriber penetration at 30 per cent, meaning that more than two-thirds of the population have yet to acquire their first mobile phone. Clearly, there is an important opportunity for the mobile industry to bring connectivity, access to information and services to the people in this region.

The mobile industry contributes approximately 3.5 million full-time jobs in the region. This has also spurred a wave of technology and content innovation with more than 50 ‘innovation hubs’ created to develop local skills and content in the field of ICT services, including the Limbe Labs in Cameroon, the iHub in Kenya and Hive Colab in Uganda.

Of particular note is the role of Kenya as the global leader in mobile money transfer services via M-PESA, a service launched by the country’s largest mobile operator Safaricom in 2007. What started as a simple way to extend banking services to the unbanked citizens of Kenya has now evolved into a mobile payment system based on accounts held by the operator, with transactions authorised and recorded in real time using secure SMS. Since its launch, M-PESA has grown to reach 15 million registered users and contributes 18 per cent of Safaricom’s total revenue.

To support this huge increase in innovation, the mobile industry has invested around US$ 16.5 billion over the past five years (US$ 2.8 billion in 2011 alone) across the five key countries in the region, mainly directed towards the expansion of network capacity. At the same time, given the exponential growth, Sub-Saharan Africa faces a looming ‘capacity and coverage crunch’ in terms of available mobile spectrum and the GSMA is working with operators and governments to address this critical issue.

GSMA research has found that by releasing the Digital Dividend and 2.6GHz spectrum by 2015, the governments of Sub-Saharan Africa could increase annual GDP by US$82 billion by 2025 and annual government tax revenues by US$18 billion and add up to 27 million jobs by 2025. In many Sub-Saharan African countries, mobile broadband is the only possible route to deliver the Internet to citizens and the current spectrum allocations across the region generally lag behind those of other countries.

“A positive and supportive regulatory environment and sufficient spectrum allocation is critical to the further growth of mobile in Africa,” continued Ms. Bouverot. “I am confident that now that we have a physical presence in Africa, we will be able to work together with our members to put the conditions in place that will facilitate the expansion of mobile, bringing important connectivity and services to all in the region.”

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com or Mobile World Live, the online portal for the mobile communications industry, at www.mobileworldlive.com.

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Baird Furthers Canada’s Interests and Values in Kenya

Posted on 15 May 2013 by Africa Business

OTTAWA, Canada, May 15, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today signalled Canada’s interest in growing trade and investment with Kenya and our intent to meaningfully engage when it comes to shared values.

Canada looks forward to both countries beginning exploratory discussions regarding a foreign investment promotion and protection agreement to help create a safer, more stable environment for investors and economic opportunities for both countries.

“Our government is focused on creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity,” said Baird. “When it comes to African markets, Kenya is a major player, and increasing trade ties will benefit both countries.”

The potential for increased Canadian investment in Kenya is important and Canada is keen to explore opportunities for freer trade generally with Kenya and the East African Community, especially for Canadian natural resource companies, which are becoming leaders in the Kenyan mining and oil and gas industries.

Baird highlighted that greater commercial engagement and people-to-people ties come with the opportunity and responsibility to engage on protecting and promoting Canadian values.

To that end, Baird held a round-table meeting with defenders of the rights of sexual minorities in East Africa.

“In too many places, people are branded as criminals or made victims of violence because of their sexuality,” said Baird. “Canada is a leading defender of human rights for all, and I applaud the courage and conviction of those advocates working on the ground to improve the lives of sexual minorities.”

Baird also encouraged Kenya’s newly elected government to continue its engagement with the International Criminal Court.

 

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Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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AFRICA ATTRACTIVENESS: CONTINENT’S SHARE OF GLOBAL FDI INCREASES

Posted on 13 May 2013 by Amat JENG

 

Africa’s share of global foreign direct investment (FDI) has grown over the past five years highlighting the growing interest from foreign investors, according to Ernst & Young’s third Africa Attractiveness Survey , released yesterday.

The report combines an analysis of international investment into Africa over the past five years with a 2013 survey of over 500 global business leaders about their views on the potential of the African market. The latest data shows that despite a fall in project numbers from 867 in 2011 to 764 in 2012 — in line with the global trend — project numbers are still significantly higher than anything that preceded the peak of 2008. The continent’s global share of FDI has also grown from 3.2% in 2007 to 5.6% in 2012.
Mark Otty, Ernst & Young’s EMEIA Managing Partner comments, “A process of democratization that has taken root across much of the continent; ongoing improvements to the business environment; exponential growth in trade and investment and substantial improvements in the quality of human life have provided a platform for the economic growth that a large number of African economies have experienced over the past decade.”

Despite the impact of the ongoing global economic situation, the size of the African economy has more than tripled since 2000. The outlook also appears positive, with the region as a whole expected to grow by 4% for 2013 and 4.6% for 2014. A number of African economies are predicted to remain among the fastest growing in the world for the foreseeable future.

Eighty-six percent of those with an established presence on the continent believe that Africa’s attractiveness as a place to do business will continue to improve. Those surveyed rank Africa as the second most attractive regional investment destination in the world after Asia.

Increasing investment from emerging markets

Investment in FDI projects from developed markets fell by 20%. Although FDI projects from the UK grew (by 9% year-on-year), those from the US and France — the other two leading developed market investors in Africa — were considerably down. In contrast investments from emerging markets into Africa grew again in 2012, continuing the trend over the past three years.
In the period since 2007, the rate of FDI projects from emerging markets into Africa has grown at a healthy compound rate of over 21%. In comparison investment from developed markets has grown at only 8%. The top contributors from the emerging markets are India (237), South Africa (235), the UAE (210), China (152), Kenya (113), Nigeria (78), Saudi Arabia (56) and South Korea (57) all among the top 20 investors over that period.

Intra-African investment has been particularly impressive during the same period, growing at 33% compound rate. South Africa has been at the forefront of growth in intra-African trade and broader emerging market investment – (the single largest investor in FDI projects in 2012 outside of South Africa.) Kenya and Nigeria have also invested heavily but it is expected that others such as Angola, for example, with a US$5b sovereign wealth fund, will become increasingly prominent investors across the continent over the next few years.

Ajen Sita, Ernst & Young’s Africa Managing Partner comments, “There is a growing confidence and optimism among Africans themselves about the continent’s progress and future.”

AJEN SITA

There has also been an important shift in emphasis in investment into the continent over the past few years, in terms of both destination markets and sectors. While investment into North Africa has largely stagnated, FDI projects into Sub-Saharan Africa have grown at a compound rate of 22% since 2007. Among the star performers attracting growing numbers of projects have been Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia Mozambique, Mauritius and South Africa.

Perception versus reality

Our 2013 Africa Attractiveness Survey shows some progress in terms of investor perceptions since the inaugural survey in 2011. The majority of respondents are positive about the progress made and the outlook for Africa. Africa has also gained ground relative to other global regions. In 2011 Africa was only ranked ahead of two other regions, while this year it ranked ahead of five other regions (the former Soviet States, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, the Middle East and Central America).

However, there still remains a stark perception gap between those respondents who are already doing business in Africa versus those that have not yet invested in the continent. Those with an established business in Africa are overwhelmingly positive. They understand the real rather than perceived operational risks, have experienced the progress made and see the opportunities for future growth. Eight-six percent of these business leaders believe that Africa’s attractiveness as a place to do business will continue to improve, and they rank Africa as the second most attractive regional investment destination in the world after Asia.

In contrast, those with no business presence in Africa are far more negative about Africa’s progress and prospects. Only 47% of these respondents believe Africa’s attractiveness will improve over the next three years, and they rank Africa as the least attractive investment destination in the world.
The two fundamental challenges that are present for those already present or those looking to invest in Africa are transport and logistics infrastructure and anti-bribery and corruption. However, moves are being made on both accounts to help allay fears of investors.

Infrastructure gaps, particularly relating to logistics and electricity, are consistently cited as the biggest challenges by those doing business in Africa. At a macro level, too, Africa’s growth will be inherently constrained until the infrastructure deficit is bridged. The flip side of this challenge, however, is that strong growth has been occurring despite such infrastructure constraints. This indicates the potential to not only sustain, but accelerate growth as the gap is narrowed. Our analysis indicates that in 2012 there were over 800 active infrastructure projects across different sectors in Africa, with a combined value in excess of US$700b. The large majority of infrastructure projects are related to power (37%) and transport (41%).

Moving away from extractive industries

Due to volatile nature of commodity prices, an over-dependency on a few key sectors clearly raises questions about the sustainability of growth. Despite perceptions to the contrary, less than one third of Africa’s growth has come from natural resources.

The trend of growing diversification continues, with an ever increasing emphasis on services, manufacturing and infrastructure-related activities. In 2007 extractive industries represented 8% of FDI projects and 26% of capital invested in Africa; in 2012, it was a mere 2% of projects and 12% of capital. In comparison, services accounted for 70% of projects in 2012 (up from 45% in 2007), and manufacturing activities accounted for 43% of capital invested in 2012 (up from 22% in 2007).

Mining and metals is still perceived by survey respondents as the sector with the highest growth potential in Africa, but the number of respondents who believe this (26%) is down from 38% in 2012 and 44% in 2011. In contrast, interest in African infrastructure projects is clearly increasing, with 21% of respondents identifying this as growth sector versus 14% last year and only 4% in 2011. Other sectors where there has been a noticeable shift include ICT (14%, up from 8% last year), financial services (13%, up from 6% last year), and education (which has come from virtually nowhere to register 10% this year).

Mark comments, “These changing perceptions of relative sector attractiveness in Africa reflect the changing fundamentals of many Africa economies: the diversification of both sources of growth (for example, the increasing contribution of services and the growing consumer class), and of the actual FDI flowing into these economies.”

South Africa most attractive for foreign investors but others hot on its heels

The large majority of respondents view South Africa as the most attractive African country in which to do business: 41% of all respondents put South Africa in first place, while 61% included it in their top three. The primary reasons for South Africa’s popularity appear to be it relatively well developed infrastructure, a stable political environment and a relatively large domestic market. The next most popular countries were Morocco (20% placing in the top three, and 8% in first place), Nigeria (also 20% in top three, and 6% in first place), Egypt (15% top three and 5% first), and Kenya (15% top three and 4% first). In general, these rankings align with emerging regional hubs for doing business across different parts of Africa.

Looking ahead

Ajen concludes, “With an increasingly solid foundation of economic, political and social reform, together with resilient growth rates, we are confident that the continent as a whole is on a sustainable upward trajectory. This direction of travel, rather than the current destination, is what is most important.

“A critical mass of African economies will continue on this journey. Despite the fact that there will undoubtedly be bumps in the road, there is a strong probability that a number of these economies will follow the same development paths that some of the Asian and other Rapid Growth Markets have over the past 30 years. By the 2040s, we have no doubt that the likes of Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Africa will be considered among the growth powerhouses of the global economy.”

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Under One Per Cent of Clean Energy Technology Patents Filed in Africa, Highlighting Huge Potential for Exploiting Renewable Sources

Posted on 10 May 2013 by Africa Business

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 10, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ Report Launch: 10am, Monday May 13

Venue: Intercontinental Hotel

Speakers:

Nicholaus Thumm , Chief Economist, European Patent Office

Robert Ondhowe, Legal Oficer, United Nations Environment Programme

Less than one per cent of all patent applications relating to Clean Energy Technology (CET) have been filed in Africa, highlighting an opportunity for the continent to leapfrog existing fossil-fuel energy sources and thus cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions and bring major health benefits.

A new study by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Patent Office (EPO)—Patents and Clean Energy Technologies in Africa—to be launched on Monday finds that Africa has a huge untapped potential for generating clean energy, but that the slow pace of technology transfer is preventing this from being fully exploited.

The report, which will be launched during a high-level workshop, looks at the patent landscape in Africa, and issues recommendations on how to use the patent system to speed up the transfer of important technologies.

Other experts will be available to discuss the issue, including:

Clarice Wilson, Business Development Manager, Biossal Kenya

Kimani Njoroge, Director, Solimpex Africa

Maarten van Heepen, Phillips International

Said Ramadhan, African Regional Intellectual Property Office (ARIPO)

Dr Henry Mutai, Managing Director, Kenya Industrial Property Institute

Prof. Muya, Chairman, National Social and Economic Council

 

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United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

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“In each market where wind energy is being developed, the state is a big player in the initial stages of industry development and is often the sponsor of pilot projects.”

Posted on 08 May 2013 by Africa Business

Exclusive interview with Dr Emelly Mutambatsere, Principal Regional Economist, African Development Bank, and a speaker at the upcoming Clean Power Africa

1) You are the co-author of a comprehensive document on Africa’s wind energy market – can we start with a short summary of how it has evolved over the years?

The harnessing of wind energy for electricity production on commercial scale started in Africa in the late 1990s. Our study shows that the first commercial scale wind farms were commissioned in 2000/2001 in Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. This was after over a decade of pilot testing with Egypt as the trail blazer.

Between 1990 and 2010, wind energy installed capacity increased twelve fold to reach 1.1 Giga Watts in 2011. While the annual growth rate of Africa’s installed capacity was almost twice the growth of global capacity during the same period, it remains similar to the growth rate reported for global capacity when wind took-off on the global market. This growth followed a phased approach, whereby countries lacking familiarity with the technology and having limited geo-referenced data started with pilot projects, migrating to semi-commercial projects, before reaching full-fledged commercial scale. The average project size has also increased over time, while the lead time achieving commercial scale has decreased.

But overall, wind energy markets in Africa remains small in absolute terms and the importance of wind in the energy mix is limited, at less than 1 percent of continent’s total installed generation capacity. This is not expected to significantly change in the medium term given the significant concurrent development of installed capacity from conventional energy source.

2) Which structural characteristics affected the development of wind energy projects?

Taking the presence of wind energy potential as given, four key factors affect the uptake of wind energy. Firstly, the physical attributes of wind – in particular its intermittency which translates into variable electricity output – affect the role that wind can effectively play in the generation mix, and add complexity to the integration of wind-based power plants into conventional electricity grids, including the need for back-up capacity.

Secondly, the level of electrification observed in African countries with strong wind energy potential matters. Those countries that have reached high electrification rates are more amiable to adopting wind energy which they use to increase available electricity generation capacity in both peak and off-peak periods, thus improve reliability of service. On the other hand, countries trying to reach access objectives, and cannot rely solely on wind to achieve this objective given its aforementioned physical attributes, have opted for conventional energy resources which a provide a stable base-load capacity.

Third, the business environment is important. We observe that fast growing wind energy markets have benefited from strong political will, supported by strategic policy direction and an enabling business environment, including industry specific legislation. Finally, while harnessing wind energy improves the environmental footprint of African power systems, we do not see climate change benefits being an overriding driver of market development on the continent. Other factors such as achieving energy security, by improving diversity of the electricity generation mix and/or increasing use of locally available energy resources, appear to take precedence. This is because Africa still makes a meager contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, an underdeveloped market for carbon tips the scale against wind in simple economic and financial comparisons with conventional energy resources.

3) The paper provides the first mapping of the continent’s wind energy market – can you give us a summary of this, where are the most developed markets, which areas have most potential etc.?

A wind energy potential mapping exercise conducted by the African Development Bank in 2004 shows that coastal countries have the best wind from a wind speed perspective. This includes (in no particular order) Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Mauritania in North Africa; Djibouti, Eretria, Seychelles and Somalia in the East; and South Africa, Lesotho and Madagascar in the South. Another study we reference in the paper identifies Kenya and Chad as also having large inland wind energy potential. Central and West Africa are shown to have limited potential.

We observed in conducting this study that wind energy potential is a dynamic concept which evolves with the industry’s technology advancement. It is also important in discussing this concept to clearly define the type of potential being measured: whether on-shore or off-shore, whether the physical upper limit of the energy resource or the convertible potential considering technological, structural and ecological constraints. The ranking of countries by potential follows suite. For example, a study which evaluates technical potential ranks Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Egypt, Madagascar, Kenya and Chad as being among the top 30 countries on global scale.

Looking at the developed potential at end-2011, we see strong concentration of wind energy capacity in three North African countries – Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. Egypt held half of the continent’s total installed capacity, followed by Morocco with 40% and Tunisia with 5%. Outside of North Africa, there is commercial capacity in Cape Verde, and limited capacity in South Africa, Kenya, Mauritius, Eritrea and Mozambique.

The market’s outlook is also noteworthy. Our survey produced a comprehensive sample of about 60 ongoing and planned wind energy projects on the continent. This places South and East African markets in the lead in terms of market growth. South Africa alone is expected to contribute a third of the wind energy capacity currently under developed or planned in Africa; and Kenya is making significant strides toward developing what is poised to be the continent’s largest wind power project. This trend is attributed to increased strategic focus on wind in these regions, whilst in the North market development has been stalled by socio-economic instability.

4) What do African countries need to take into consideration when developing wind projects?

First, there is need to develop a national champion to promote the industry, offering a single focal point for regulation, financing and oversight. In Egypt, the New and Renewable Energy Agency (NREA) was specifically established to play this role. Elsewhere, the existing power utility or a division therein was used.

Second, the wind energy market is attractive to private developers provided clear legislation exists to support the market. This includes rebalancing the scale in cases where subsidies exist on fossil fuels in order to improve competitiveness of renewable technologies.  In addition to legislative support, the state should focus on kick-starting market development by supporting research and development, developing comprehensive geo-referenced datasets required for feasibility studies, and funding pilot projects.

It is important for countries to choose an industry development model which serves the country’s energy sector needs best. Country experiences have thus far been different among market leaders: while some countries opted for a state utility sponsored market development path (e.g. Egypt), others have used a blend of public and private sponsorship of projects including by industrial users (e.g. Morocco) and still others, a competitive private sector led path (e.g. South Africa). The same is true for choice of pricing model (whether a predetermined feed-in tariff, direct negotiation or price competition). The different approaches reflect different priorities and local preferences.

Finally, most African countries developing renewable energy markets are hoping for farther reaching results including industrialization and job creation. Countries pursing this secondary goal should support local linkages, including local manufacturing of turbines and turbine components, as an integral part of their wind sector strategy. Examples of best practice in the respect are still limited.

5) What did you find regarding funding of such projects?

In each market where wind energy is being developed, the state is a big player in the initial stages of industry development; and is often the sponsor of pilot projects.  Donor financing is also very visible in these initial stages. As the market matures, we see the profile of both sponsors and financiers evolving, from public entities and grant financing, to public-private / private entities and non-concessional financing. However, the market has not yet developed to the point where it can be fully funded by the private sector, therefore development finance institutions remain major players.

6) What will be your main message at Clean Power Africa?

Africa’s wind energy market has developed at a pace similar to that observed in leading markets at the early stages of their industry development. Despite this progress and the presence of significant potential on the continent, we should not expect wind to take over conventional energy resources in terms of share in the electricity generation mix, as key structural characteristics of the market affect both efficacy in addressing the energy access challenge, and competitiveness of wind, relative to non-renewable energy resources. Countries seeking to develop this market should do so deliberately and be intent on supporting early market development. However given the urgency with which most governments must address the more pressing access needs, conventional solutions will more likely be adopted ahead of, or concurrently with, wind energy.

7) What are you most looking forward to at the event in Cape Town?

I always look forward to interacting with practitioners and policy makers in these forums. It is an opportunity to learn from them how institutions such as AfDB can best serve as a partner in Africa’s development.

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COSAFA CUP BREAKING NEWS

Posted on 06 May 2013 by Africa Business

On Friday 3 May 2013, the official draw took place for this year’s tournament at a gala event in Lusaka, Zambia.

The tournament kicks off at Lusaka on the 6th of July at 14h30, with Namibia playing against Mauritius followed by Tanzania playing Seychelles.

The COSAFA CUP Zambia 2013 makes a welcome return to the global football calendar after a three-year absence with the 2013 edition to be staged in Zambia from July 6-21.

K MOTION PICTURES, a Johannesburg based media organisation, has been contracted by COSAFA as the official global broadcast rights distributor for the tournament.

The tournament sees Africa’s favourite beer, Castle Lager, renew its partnership with the regional showpiece after being headline sponsors of the event from 1997 to 2007.

“We are delighted to renew our partnership with COSAFA and further our shared aim of uplifting football in the Southern African region. We have long acknowledged the key role that the COSAFA CUP plays in the uplifting the game in Southern Africa,” says David Minja; SABMiller Africa Premium Brands Manager.

The 2013 tournament will be played at three venues in Lusaka, Ndola and Kabwe and features 14 competing nations with two guest countries from the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) region in the field.

The Council of Southern African Football Association (COSAFA) countries which will take part in the COSAFA CUP Zambia 2013 are Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. They will be joined by Kenya and Tanzania from CECAFA in what is an exciting field for this prestigious event.

“We are delighted with the entrants for the return of the COSAFA CUP Zambia 2013 this July. The return of our showpiece regional competition is long overdue and we are excited at the prospect of once again seeing the best players from the Southern African region compete for the title,” says Cosafa President Suketu Patel.

The tournament format will be the same as in last event staged in Zimbabwe in 2009, with the eight lowest ranked teams according to the April 2013 FIFA World Rankings playing a round robin competition.

The eight sides will be split into two pools of four sides, with just the group winners advancing to the knockout stages. There they will be joined by the top six nations according to the CAF rankings, who receive a bye into the quarterfinals. That means the six nations who will automatically advance to the quarterfinals are Zambia (7), South Africa (11), Angola (25), Zimbabwe (28), Mozambique (30) and Malawi (32).

The tournament will then follow a traditional knockout format after that, with matches being decided by extra time and/or penalty shoot-out if no winner can be determined in normal time.

The COSAFA CASTLE CUP was first played in 1997 as a regional championship for Southern African sides. Zimbabwe heads the honours list with four titles, while Zambia, South Africa and Angola have three each. They are the only countries to have won the event.

This year’s tournament will also be used to promote COSAFA’s partnership with United Against Malaria (UAM).

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Africa Attractiveness Survey: Africa’s Share of Global FDI Increases Over the Last Five Years

Posted on 06 May 2013 by Africa Business

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, May 6, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/

-    Global share of FDI up but project numbers down in 2012

-    African GDP expected to be 4% in 2013 and 4.6% in 2014

Africa’s share of global foreign direct investment (FDI) has grown over the past five years highlighting the growing interest from foreign investors, according to Ernst & Young’s third Africa Attractiveness Survey (http://www.ey.com/za), released today.

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The report combines an analysis of international investment into Africa over the past five years with a 2013 survey of over 500 global business leaders about their views on the potential of the African market. The latest data shows that despite a fall in project numbers from 867 in 2011 to 764 in 2012 — in line with the global trend — project numbers are still significantly higher than anything that preceded the peak of 2008. The continent’s global share of FDI has also grown from 3.2% in 2007 to 5.6% in 2012.

Mark Otty, Ernst & Young’s EMEIA Managing Partner comments, “A process of democratization that has taken root across much of the continent; ongoing improvements to the business environment; exponential growth in trade and investment and substantial improvements in the quality of human life have provided a platform for the economic growth that a large number of African economies have experienced over the past decade.”

Despite the impact of the ongoing global economic situation, the size of the African economy has more than tripled since 2000. The outlook also appears positive, with the region as a whole expected to grow by 4% for 2013 and 4.6% for 2014. A number of African economies are predicted to remain among the fastest growing in the world for the foreseeable future.

Eighty-six percent of those with an established presence on the continent believe that Africa’s attractiveness as a place to do business will continue to improve. Those surveyed rank Africa as the second most attractive regional investment destination in the world after Asia.

Increasing investment from emerging markets

Investment in FDI projects from developed markets fell by 20%. Although FDI projects from the UK grew (by 9% year-on-year), those from the US and France — the other two leading developed market investors in Africa — were considerably down. In contrast investments from emerging markets into Africa grew again in 2012, continuing the trend over the past three years.

In the period since 2007, the rate of FDI projects from emerging markets into Africa has grown at a healthy compound rate of over 21%. In comparison investment from developed markets has grown at only 8%. The top contributors from the emerging markets are India (237), South Africa (235), the UAE (210), China (152), Kenya (113), Nigeria (78), Saudi Arabia (56) and South Korea (57) all among the top 20 investors over that period.

Intra-African investment has been particularly impressive during the same period, growing at 33% compound rate. South Africa has been at the forefront of growth in intra-African trade and broader emerging market investment – (the single largest investor in FDI projects in 2012 outside of South Africa.) Kenya and Nigeria have also invested heavily but it is expected that others such as Angola, for example, with a US$5b sovereign wealth fund, will become increasingly prominent investors across the continent over the next few years.

Ajen Sita, Ernst & Young’s Africa Managing Partner comments, “There is a growing confidence and optimism among Africans themselves about the continent’s progress and future.”

There has also been an important shift in emphasis in investment into the continent over the past few years, in terms of both destination markets and sectors. While investment into North Africa has largely stagnated, FDI projects into Sub-Saharan Africa have grown at a compound rate of 22% since 2007. Among the star performers attracting growing numbers of projects have been Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia Mozambique, Mauritius and South Africa.

Perception versus reality

Our 2013 Africa Attractiveness Survey shows some progress in terms of investor perceptions since the inaugural survey in 2011. The majority of respondents are positive about the progress made and the outlook for Africa. Africa has also gained ground relative to other global regions. In 2011 Africa was only ranked ahead of two other regions, while this year it ranked ahead of five other regions (the former Soviet States, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, the Middle East and Central America).

However, there still remains a stark perception gap between those respondents who are already doing business in Africa versus those that have not yet invested in the continent. Those with an established business in Africa are overwhelmingly positive. They understand the real rather than perceived operational risks, have experienced the progress made and see the opportunities for future growth. Eight-six percent of these business leaders believe that Africa’s attractiveness as a place to do business will continue to improve, and they rank Africa as the second most attractive regional investment destination in the world after Asia.

In contrast, those with no business presence in Africa are far more negative about Africa’s progress and prospects. Only 47% of these respondents believe Africa’s attractiveness will improve over the next three years, and they rank Africa as the least attractive investment destination in the world.

The two fundamental challenges that are present for those already present or those looking to invest in Africa are transport and logistics infrastructure and anti-bribery and corruption. However, moves are being made on both accounts to help allay fears of investors.

Infrastructure gaps, particularly relating to logistics and electricity, are consistently cited as the biggest challenges by those doing business in Africa. At a macro level, too, Africa’s growth will be inherently constrained until the infrastructure deficit is bridged. The flip side of this challenge, however, is that strong growth has been occurring despite such infrastructure constraints. This indicates the potential to not only sustain, but accelerate growth as the gap is narrowed. Our analysis indicates that in 2012 there were over 800 active infrastructure projects across different sectors in Africa, with a combined value in excess of US$700b. The large majority of infrastructure projects are related to power (37%) and transport (41%).

Moving away from extractive industries

Due to volatile nature of commodity prices, an over-dependency on a few key sectors clearly raises questions about the sustainability of growth. Despite perceptions to the contrary, less than one third of Africa’s growth has come from natural resources.

The trend of growing diversification continues, with an ever increasing emphasis on services, manufacturing and infrastructure-related activities. In 2007 extractive industries represented 8% of FDI projects and 26% of capital invested in Africa; in 2012, it was a mere 2% of projects and 12% of capital. In comparison, services accounted for 70% of projects in 2012 (up from 45% in 2007), and manufacturing activities accounted for 43% of capital invested in 2012 (up from 22% in 2007).

Mining and metals is still perceived by survey respondents as the sector with the highest growth potential in Africa, but the number of respondents who believe this (26%) is down from 38% in 2012 and 44% in 2011. In contrast, interest in African infrastructure projects is clearly increasing, with 21% of respondents identifying this as growth sector versus 14% last year and only 4% in 2011. Other sectors where there has been a noticeable shift include ICT (14%, up from 8% last year), financial services (13%, up from 6% last year), and education (which has come from virtually nowhere to register 10% this year).

Mark comments, “These changing perceptions of relative sector attractiveness in Africa reflect the changing fundamentals of many Africa economies: the diversification of both sources of growth (for example, the increasing contribution of services and the growing consumer class), and of the actual FDI flowing into these economies.”

South Africa most attractive for foreign investors but others hot on its heels

The large majority of respondents view South Africa as the most attractive African country in which to do business: 41% of all respondents put South Africa in first place, while 61% included it in their top three. The primary reasons for South Africa’s popularity appear to be it relatively well developed infrastructure, a stable political environment and a relatively large domestic market. The next most popular countries were Morocco (20% placing in the top three, and 8% in first place), Nigeria (also 20% in top three, and 6% in first place), Egypt (15% top three and 5% first), and Kenya (15% top three and 4% first). In general, these rankings align with emerging regional hubs for doing business across different parts of Africa.

Looking ahead

Ajen concludes, “With an increasingly solid foundation of economic, political and social reform, together with resilient growth rates, we are confident that the continent as a whole is on a sustainable upward trajectory. This direction of travel, rather than the current destination, is what is most important.

“A critical mass of African economies will continue on this journey. Despite the fact that there will undoubtedly be bumps in the road, there is a strong probability that a number of these economies will follow the same development paths that some of the Asian and other Rapid Growth Markets have over the past 30 years. By the 2040s, we have no doubt that the likes of Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Africa will be considered among the growth powerhouses of the global economy.”

 

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La part africaine des investissements directs à l’étranger (IDE) mondiaux augmente depuis les cinq dernières années – Africa Attractiveness Survey

Posted on 06 May 2013 by Africa Business

JOHANNESBURG, Afrique du Sud, 6 mai 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/

- Part mondiale des IDE en hausse, mais baisse du nombre de projets en 2012

-    Croissance africaine prévue à 4 % en 2013 et 4,6 % en 2014

La part africaine des investissements directs à l’étranger (IDE) mondiaux a augmenté au cours des cinq dernières années, reflétant l’intérêt croissant des investisseurs étrangers, selon la troisième étude Africa Attractiveness Survey d’Ernst & Young (http://www.ey.com/za), parue aujourd’hui.

Download the presentation: http://www.apo-mail.org/Africa_attractiveness_2013_Low_Res

Ce rapport associe une analyse des investissements internationaux en Afrique au cours des cinq dernières années à une enquête menée en 2013 auprès de plus de 500 chefs d’entreprises à propos de leur opinion sur le potentiel du marché africain. Les dernières données montrent que malgré une baisse du nombre de projets, de 867 en 2011 à 764 en 2012 (ce qui correspond à la tendance mondiale), ce nombre reste nettement supérieur à ceux qui ont précédé le pic de 2008. La part mondiale des IDE dans le continent est également passée de 3,2 % en 2007 à 5,6     % en 2012.

Mark Otty, Managing Partner EMEIA chez Ernst & Young, commente : « Un processus de démocratisation qui s’enracine dans la plus grande partie du continent ; des améliorations constantes à l’environnement commerciale, une croissance exponentielle du commerce et de l’investissement ainsi que des améliorations substantielles dans la qualité de la vie humaine ont offert une plateforme à la croissance économique qu’un grand nombre d’économies africaines ont connu au cours de la dernière décennie. »

Malgré l’impact de la situation économique mondiale actuelle, la taille de l’économie africaine a plus que triplé depuis 2000. Les perspectives semblent aussi positives, avec la région dans sa globalité qui devrait connaître une croissance de 4 % en 2013 et de 4,6 % en 2014. Plusieurs économies africaines devraient conserver certaines des croissances les plus rapides au monde dans un avenir proche.

86 % des répondants qui ont une présence établie sur le continent pensent que l’attractivité de l’Afrique en tant que lieu pour faire des affaires continuera à augmenter. Ils ont classé l’Afrique seconde destination d’investissement la plus attractive après l’Asie.

Des investissements croissants des marchés émergents

L’investissement des pays développés dans des projets d’IDE a chuté de 20 %. Bien que les projets d’IDE du Royaume-Uni aient augmenté (de 9 % par année), ceux des États-Unis et de la France (les deux autres grands marchés développés investisseurs en Afrique) ont considérablement diminué. En revanche, l’investissement des marchés émergents en Afrique a encore augmenté en 2012, poursuivant la tendance des trois dernières années.

Depuis 2007, les projets d’IDE des marchés émergents en Afrique ont augmenté à un taux cumulé conséquent de plus de 21 %. En comparaison, l’investissement des marchés développés n’a augmenté que de 8 %. Les plus grands contributeurs des marchés émergents sont l’Inde (237), l’Afrique du Sud (235), les EAU (210), la Chine (152), le Kenya (113), le Nigeria (78), l’Arabie Saoudite (56) et la Corée du Sud (57), tous classés parmi les 20 plus grands investisseurs sur cette période.

L’investissement intra-africain a été particulièrement impressionnant pendant cette même période, avec un taux de croissance cumulé de 33 %. L’Afrique du Sud a été en première ligne de la croissance du commerce intra-africain et des investissements accrus des marchés émergents (le plus grand investisseur en projets d’IDE hors d’Afrique du Sud). Le Kenya et le Nigeria ont également fortement investi mais on prévoit que d’autres, à l’instar de l’Angola, avec un fonds souverain de 5 milliards de dollars, deviendront des investisseurs de plus en plus présents sur le continent au cours des prochaines années.

Ajen Sita, Managing Partner Afrique chez Ernst & Young, explique : « Il y a une confiance et un optimisme croissant chez les Africains eux-mêmes au sujet des progrès et de l’avenir du continent. »

Un important changement s’est également produit dans l’investissement sur le continent ces dernières années, tant en termes de marchés de destination que de secteurs. Tandis que l’investissement en Afrique du Nord a largement stagné, les projets d’IDE en Afrique sub-saharienne ont augmenté à un taux de croissance cumulé de 22 % depuis 2007. Parmi les pays « stars » attirant un nombre croissant de projets, on compte le Ghana, le Nigeria, le Kenya, la Tanzanie, la Zambie, le Mozambique, l’île Maurice et l’Afrique du Sud.

Perception contre réalité

Notre édition 2013 d’Africa Attractiveness Survey montre des progrès en termes de perception des investisseurs depuis la première édition de 2011. La majorité des répondants a une vision positive des progrès réalisés et des perspectives pour l’Afrique. L’Afrique a également gagné du terrain par rapport aux autres régions du monde. En 2011, l’Afrique était seulement classée au-dessus de deux autres régions, tandis que cette année, elle surclasse cinq autres régions (les anciens États soviétiques, l’Europe de l’Est, l’Europe de l’Ouest, le Moyen-Orient et l’Amérique centrale).

Cependant, il reste toujours un fossé de perceptions entre les répondants qui opèrent déjà en Afrique et ceux qui n’ont pas encore investi dans le continent. Ceux qui ont une activité établie en Afrique sont extrêmement positifs. Ils comprennent les risques opérationnels réels plutôt que ceux perçus, connaissent les progrès réalisés et voient les opportunités de croissance future. 86 % de ces chefs d’entreprise pensent que l’attractivité de l’Afrique en tant que lieu où faire des affaires continuera à augmenter, et ils classent l’Afrique seconde destination d’investissement la plus attractive au monde après l’Asie.

En revanche, ceux qui ne sont pas présents en Afrique sont bien plus négatifs en ce qui concerne les progrès et les prospects de l’Afrique. Seuls 47 % de ces répondants pensent que l’attractivité de l’Afrique augmentera dans les trois prochaines années, et ils classent l’Afrique destination d’investissement la moins attractive au monde.

Les deux défis fondamentaux qui existent pour ceux qui sont déjà présents ou qui cherchent à investir en Afrique sont les infrastructures de transport et de logistique, ainsi que la corruption et les pots-de-vin. Toutefois, des mesures sont prises sur ces deux plans pour dissiper les craintes des investisseurs.

Les manques d’infrastructures, particulièrement en matière de logistique et d’électricité, sont constamment cités comme plus gros problèmes par ceux qui font des affaires en Afrique. Au niveau macro-économique également, la croissance africaine sera forcément limitée tant que le déficit d’infrastructure ne sera pas comblé. Le côté positif de ce problème, cependant, est qu’une croissance forte a lieu malgré ces contraintes infrastructurelles. Cela augure un potentiel pour non seulement maintenir, mais accélérer la croissance lorsque ce manque sera réduit. Nos analyses indiquent qu’en 2012 il y avait plus de 800 projets d’infrastructure actifs dans différents secteurs en Afrique, avec une valeur combinée dépassant les 700 milliards de dollars. La grande majorité des projets d’infrastructure sont liés à l’électricité (37 %) et aux transports (41 %).

S’éloigner des industries extractives

En raison de la nature volatile des prix des matières premières, une sur-dépendance à quelques secteurs clés soulève des questions sur la pérennisation de la croissance. Malgré les perceptions contraires, moins d’un tiers de la croissance africaine provient de ressources naturelles.

La tendance à la diversification se poursuit, avec une emphase toujours plus grande sur les services, la fabrication et les activités liées aux infrastructures. En 2007, les industries extractives représentaient 8 % des projets d’IDE et 26 % des capitaux investis en Afrique ; en 2012, elles représentaient 2 % des projets et 12 % du capital. En comparaison, les services comptaient pour 70 % des projets en 2012 (contre 45 % en 2007), et les activités de fabrication comptaient pour 43 % du capital investi en 2012 (contre 22 % en 2007).

Le secteur minier et des métaux est toujours perçu par les répondants à l’enquête comme celui présentant le plus grand potentiel de croissance en Afrique, mais le nombre de répondants qui pensent cela (26 %) a diminué, puisqu’il était de 38 % en 2012 et de 44 % en 2011. En revanche, l’intérêt pour les projets d’infrastructure en Afrique augmente nettement, avec 21 % des répondants les identifiant comme un secteur de croissance contre 14 % l’année dernière et seulement 4 % en 2011. Les autres secteurs où un changement notable s’est produit sont les technologies de l’information et de la communication (14 %, contre 8 % l’année dernière), les services financiers (13 %, contre 6 % l’an dernier), et l’éducation (qui est partie de pratiquement rien pour arriver à 10 % cette année).

M. Otty commente : « Ces perceptions changeantes de l’attractivité relative des secteurs en Afrique reflètent l’évolution des fondamentaux de nombreuses économies africaines : la diversification à la fois des sources de croissance (par exemple, la contribution croissante des services et une classe de consommateurs croissante), et des IDE entrant dans ces économies. »

L’Afrique du Sud plus attractive pour les investisseurs étrangers, suivie par d’autres pays en grande forme

La grande majorité des répondants considère l’Afrique du Sud comme le pays africain le plus attractif pour faire des affaires : 41 % de tous les répondants ont placé l’Afrique du Sud en première place, et 61 % dans leur top 3. Les principales raisons de la popularité de l’Afrique du Sud semblent être ses infrastructures relativement bien développées, un environnement politique stable et un marché intérieur relativement important. Les pays suivants en ordre de popularité sont le Maroc (20 % le plaçant dans leur top 3, et 8 % en première place), le Nigeria (également 20 % dans le top 3, et 6 % à la première place), l’Égypte (15 % dans le top 3 et 5 % en première place) et le Kenya (15 % dans les trois premiers et 4 % à la première place). En général, ces classements correspondent aux centres régionaux émergents pour les affaires dans différentes régions d’Afrique.

Se tourner vers l’avenir

M. Sita conclut : « Avec un contexte de plus en plus solide de réformes économiques, politiques et sociales, associés à des taux de croissance résilients, nous sommes convaincus que le continent dans son ensemble est sur une trajectoire de croissance durable. Cette direction, plutôt que la destination actuelle, est ce qui compte le plus.

Une masse cruciale d’économies africaines continuera ce parcours. Malgré le fait qu’il y aura forcément des obstacles sur la route, il est fort probable que plusieurs de ces économies suivront le même développement que certains des marchés asiatiques et autres marchés à croissance rapide au cours des 30 dernières années. D’ici les années 2040, nous sommes sûrs que des pays tels que le Nigeria, le Ghana, l’Angola, l’Égypte, l’Éthiopie et l’Afrique du Sud seront considérés comme des moteurs de croissance de l’économie mondiale. »

 

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African Development Bank Economist to present report on continent’s wind energy market at Clean Power Africa this month

Posted on 06 May 2013 by Africa Business

Some 5000 power professionals to gather in Cape Town

In each market where wind energy is being developed, the state is a big player in the initial stages of industry development; and is often the sponsor of pilot projects according to Dr Emelly Mutambatsere, Principal Regional Economist, African Development Bank.  As co-author of a comprehensive study for the AdB on the Development of Wind Energy in Africa, Dr Mutambatsere is a speaker on the topic at the  upcoming Clean Power Africa that is taking place in Cape Town from 14-15 May.

Clean Power Africa is Africa’s leading event where major stakeholders from the renewable energy sector get together and explore clean generation as a feasible solution to fulfil Africa’s electricity needs.  The event is co-located with the 13th annual African Utility Week which is attended by some 5 000 power & water professionals from all over the continent and  Eskom CE Brian Dames will once again deliver the keynote address.

60 ongoing and planned wind projects
Dr Mutambatsere says in the initial stages of the wind market development, donor financing is very visible and as the market matures, both sponsors and financiers enter the market, from public entities and grant financing, to public-private/private entities and non-concessional financing. “However,”, she says, “the market has not yet developed to the point where it can be fully funded by the private sector, therefore development finance institutions remain major players.”

By the end of 2011 the developed potential on the continent saw a strong concentration of wind energy capacity in three North African countries, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.  Says Dr Mutambatsere:  “Egypt held half of the continent’s total installed capacity, followed by Morocco with 40% and Tunisia with 5%. Outside of North Africa, there is commercial capacity in Cape Verde, and limited capacity in South Africa, Kenya, Mauritius, Eritrea and Mozambique.”

She continues:  “the market’s outlook is also noteworthy. Our survey produced a comprehensive sample of about 60 ongoing and planned wind energy projects on the continent. This places South and East African markets in the lead in terms of market growth. South Africa alone is expected to contribute a third of the wind energy capacity currently under developed or planned in Africa; and Kenya is making significant strides toward developing what is poised to be the continent’s largest wind power project. This trend is attributed to increased strategic focus on wind in these regions, whilst in the North market development has been stalled by socio-economic instability.”

Business environment important
According to the AdB Principal Regional Economist, Africa’s wind energy market has developed at a pace similar to that observed in leading markets at the early stages of their industry development.  She adds:  “despite this progress and the presence of significant potential on the continent, we should not expect wind to take over conventional energy resources in terms of share in the electricity generation mix, as key structural characteristics of the market affect both efficacy in addressing the energy access challenge, and competitiveness of wind, relative to non-renewable energy resources.”

The report states that the business environment is important for the development of a wind energy market. Says Dr Mutambatsere:  “we observe that fast growing wind energy markets have benefited from strong political will, supported by strategic policy direction and an enabling business environment, including industry specific legislation.”

The report reflects opinions of the authors, and not those of the African Development Bank Group’s management, Board of Directors or the countries they represent.

More Clean Power Africa speaker highlights:

· Overview of trends and policy

o Renewable energy usage in South Africa and Africa: an international comparison, Roula Inglesi-Lotz, Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Pretoria, South Africa

o A review of renewable energy policy considerations for SADC countries, Martin Manuhwa, Managing Director, ZAIDG, Zimbabwe

o Effective “Plug & Play” Grid Integration of PV Plants, Vladimir Chadliev, Director Global Grid Integration, First Solar, South Africa

· Update on the SA REIPP programme

o Status of the REIPP in South Africa, Karen Breytenbach, Department of Finance, South Africa*

o Learnings from 50 REIPP projects, Richard Doyle, Managing Director, 3E, South Africa

o Community aspects of the REIPPPP, Christiaan Bode, Director, Sidala Energy, South Africa

o Grid code compliance and renewable energy projects, Mick Barlow, Business Development Director and Technical Advisor, S&C Europe, United Kingdom

On the expo floor, free CPD-accredited technical workshops on renewable energy include:
- Tips on how to become more energy efficient in your business

- How to identify the challenges facing the building of renewable projects

- Retrofitting hydropower to South African dams
- Constructing monitoring in PV and Wind
- Compliance of Solar PV installation with the new Renewable Grid Code

Clean Power Africa and African Utility Week dates and location:

Exhibition & Conference: 14-15 May 2013
Pre-conference Workshops: 13 May 2013
Site Visits: 16 May 2013
Location:  CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa

Websites: www.african-utility-week.com ; www.clean-power-africa.com

Contact for African Utility Week:
Communications manager:  Annemarie Roodbol
Telephone:  +27 21 700 3558
mobile:  +27 82 562 7844
Email:  annemarie.roodbol@clarionevents.com

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