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Malawi officials to attend regional energy summit

Malawian officials are expected to join the delegates from South Africa, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique at the Southern Africa Energy & Infrastructure Summit (SAEIS) to take place in Maputo, Mozambique between May 4 to 6, 2016.

Over 30 speakers from the SADC region will celebrate regional co-operation at the meeting and discuss the future of energy production, promoting energy and infrastructure projects that require both private and public-sector support in order to be realized in the region.

The African Forum for Utility Regulators (AFUR) has provided its backing of the meeting with 10 heads of regional regulation bodies attending the meeting where regulators will contribute publicly on the agenda as well as taking time at the meeting to privately debate a deeper, more integrated strategy to support private sector engagement and public sector needs.

The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), the World Bank and the International Finance Cooperation (IFC) are among institutions supporting the project-focused working group, which is an extension of EnergyNet’s long standing partnership with Mozambique and these backbone investors.

“Having worked with the Mozambique government for 14 years now, we understand the landscape and the role the country can play regionally; therefore when a number of our private and public sector partners suggested we expand our offering to focus on energy and infrastructure projects regionally, it seemed the right move considering the rapidly changing role of SADC and SAPP to deliver greater integration,” said Veronica Bolton, regional director for Energy Net.

Excitingly, the Project Advisory Unit recently established to deliver these massive projects in partnership with World Bank.

These, says Energy Net, will be presented at the meeting and we expect them to throw up a number of opportunities for investors.

The private sector is particularly being encourage to participate at the meeting in Maputo to further demonstrate its ability to play a pivotal role both in the planning and execution of the framework, but also to understand more clearly where the sector is going and who is shaping its direction.

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