African Energy Ministers to Address Investors at Powering Summit

By Dipo Olowookere

Three Ministers of Energy in Uganda, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo are expected to have discussions with investors at the 3rd Powering Africa Summit taking place from March 9-10, 2017 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington DC, USA.

The Ministers are Mr Patrick Sendolo, Minister for Energy, Land and Mines, Liberia; Irene Muloni, Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda; Mr Pierre Anatole Matusila, Minister of Energy and Water Resources, Democratic Republic of Congo.

They will join over 400 investors and 50 speakers in this investment forum exploring global opportunities within Africa’s energy and infrastructure sectors.

U.S. Representative Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Committee has also confirmed to address delegates at the 2017 Summit.

Chairman Royce worked tirelessly to pass the Electrify Africa Act which was successfully signed into law in early 2016.

The bill seeks to address the significant electricity shortage in Africa that affects the everyday lives of millions of people. His participation will provide an insight into the act and how it will continue to maintain competitiveness in Africa whilst increasing global security and social stability.

The summit will take the form of panel discussions and roundtables focusing on sector-specific topics and addressing how bottlenecks can be overcome to drive forward projects.

Maintaining US competitiveness in Africa will be a key theme, setting out how commercial partnerships can deliver energy, create jobs, build capacity and spur industrial growth.

Twenty-six countries will be represented at the summit to date, including 16 African countries.

A networking reception will take place on the evening of March 9, and delegates will have the opportunity to arrange meetings with other attendees using an onsite networking app.

The meeting will be co-located with the Growing Economies: Latin America Energy Forum, focusing on investment opportunities in Latin America’s energy and infrastructure sectors.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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