West Africa Power Summit 2019
In March 2019, Dakar, Senegal will play host to West Africa’s No.1 Business to Business Green Power event, which will bring together the senior decision makers from across the ECOWAS region.
West Africa has a population of 362 million which is set to grow by 2.2 per year as of 2016, this gives the region a ranking of No.2 most populous by sub-region on the continent. The economic growth for the region is expected to be 4.6 (2015 – 2016) compared to 6 (2010 – 2014) mainly attributed to the decline in oil price, but as we all know, the main inhibitor to growth on the African continent is down to the access to reliable and cost effective power supply for homes and businesses.
West Africa has one of the fastest growing populations in the world, yet electrification rates are among the lowest – only 42 of the population on average has access. This figure drops to 8 in rural areas. Blackouts adversely affect business and stifle economic growth. According to figures from the World Bank, load shedding costs the continent 2.1 of its GDP on average each year.
As with all of West Africa’s aging oil-based generation fleet is not sufficient to support the targeted growth need. However, the declining cost of clean technologies brings new opportunities to improve energy supply. In 2012, West Africa’s 15 heads of state pledged to increase the share of renewable energy in the region’s overall electricity mix to roughly 10 in 2020 and 19 by 2030, through both grid and off-grid projects. The targets translate to an additional 2.4GW of renewable electricity capacity by 2020 and 7.6GW by 2030, according to the UN. In real terms demand targets can be met by increasing the energy generation mix and removing reliance on oil, with which the commodity price fluctuates hugely as we have seen over the last 3 years, and adding more green power generation capacity in the form of gas, hydro, solar, wind and bio mass. This is exactly what the West African Power Summit is looking to assist with.
Ministries & Governments
Meet with ministers and government contacts. Build relationships and educate yourself on country specific challenges.
National Power Companies
Meet key decision makers from National Power Companies. We have representation from the 15 SADC countries.
Independent Power Producers
We have attendance from some of the world’s biggest players in the Power Sector, operating in West Africa but with a global focus.
Meet with solution providers that have solutions and technologies to meet the ever changing challenges in the power sector in Sub Sahara Africa.
Our CEO Daniel Maggs signing the MOU with ANER’s Director General, Djiby Ndiaye
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Project based discussions with key decision makers.
Key Decision Makers
“The WAF Power format is unique to Africa, I attend many trade shows and exhibitions, but this blows the major shows out of the water in terms of value.”
Augusto Farro Capstone
“It is rare that you get so many key decision makers together at the same time. I’ve had some very fruitful meetings with potential clients I wasn’t previously aware of.”
Naji Jreijiri ABB
“I love the relaxed environment. It really puts people at ease being at such a beautiful 5 star location. It is the perfect environment to talk business.”
Hennie Steyn Xaris
“I loved the business intelligence reports. I knew who I was meeting, what their priorities were and was able to put together a different strategy for all of my meetings.”
Steve Martin KS Energy
VP Bus. Development
CEO West & Central Africa