Following last year’s TXF Africa in Ethiopia, the conference will be held at the Raddison Blu Hotel in Nairobi from 29 to 30 March. The pan-African event, which covers project, export and commodity finance, will gather 350 senior representatives from SOEs, corporate borrowers, developers, exporters, producers, DFIs, MFIs, ECAs, private equity and commercial banks.
Dan Kazungu Muzee, Cabinet Sectary at the Ministry of Mining in Kenya, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker, as has Ghanain Minister of Energy and Petroleum Armah Kofi-Buah, who is also current Shadow Minister and Chairman of the West Africa Pipeline. Other key speakers include Dr. Benedict Oramah, President of Afreximbank; Albert Mugo, Managing Director and CEO of Kenya Electricity Generating Company Limited; Karim Nasser, CEO of TCQ Power; Mandla Maleka, Chief Economist – Treasury at Eskom; Andrew Patterson, Regional President for Africa at Bechtel;
Vishal Agarwal, Development and Investments Leader at GE Africa; Ijeoma Onwuegbule, Head of Risk Management Governance at Nigeria LNG; James Polan, Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation; and Hoda Moustafa, Head Of Africa at Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency.
Muzee will speak on a mining panel with other leading mining figures, discussing trends in commodity pricing, current opportunities in mergers and acquisitions, and whether producers active in Africa should invest in technological upgrades to existing projects. His address will include details around how his government plans to invest in oil, power, infrastructure, manufacturing, technology and commodities to continue its impressive growth, as well as what opportunities exist for international corporates and financiers looking to invest in the region.
Panel discussions and keynote speakers will cover topics such as political risk across the region and powering Africa’s population boom. This discussion will look at what lessons have been learnt from the early days of development of the African power sector, where investment is needed, and whether government targets are realistic and if they focusing on the right areas. It will also look at how regional power trading markets will evolve, and what problems need to be overcome for these to be effective.
The session entitled “The New Normal: Mining, Metals and Natural Resources” will cover whether commodities will reach the old heights or settle on a new normal. It will look at which commodities oﬀer the most opportunity and who is in place to profit from these, as well as what opportunities exist in mergers and acquisitions. It will also look at whether producers and global mining companies active in Africa will invest in technological upgrades to existing projects and if new projects will come to the fore.
Among the case studies being showcased at the event is a look at the the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project, the single largest private investment in Kenya’s history. This wind farm aims to provide 310 MW of reliable, low cost wind power to Kenya’s national grid, equivalent to approximately 18% of the country’s current installed electricity generating capacity. On completion, the project will comprise 365 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 850 kW, the associated overhead electric grid collection system and a high voltage substation that will be connected to the national grid.
Limited complimentary tickets are available for African and international corporates engaged in power, renewables, infrastructure, metals and mining, oil and gas, agriculture, health, water and associated industries. Further details can be found at http://www.txfnews.com/Events/Event/58/TXF-Africa-2017.