Namibia energy conference sets right mix for Africa’s power ambitions

Staff Writer

The much anticipated Namibia International Energy Conference (NIEC) at the Droombos Estate outside Windhoek tomorrow morning.

The conference will be graced by a strong line-up of international, regional and national energy experts, the organisers said in a statement, adding that it brings together a ‘’multidimensional and thought provoking conversation with industry players under the theme ‘The energy mix: Positioning for Industrialisation, Investment and Growth’’.

‘’The fourth edition of the conference brings Namibia and the continent’s energy ambitions full circle. More and more significant energy discoveries are taking place on African soil. This conference is a timely and opportune platform for the continent’s energy sector influencers, professionals, thought leaders, investor and industry experts to unpack and navigate the energy sector’s regulatory, investment, economic, ESG landscape and have frank conversations on attaining sustainability for the benefit of the broader society,’’ says conference convenor, Ndapwilapo Selma Shimutwikeni from RichAfrica Consultancy, in a statement.

The Pan-African tone of the conference will be set by the opening ministerial panel comprising energy ministers from across the continent, together with Namibia’s own Tom Alweendo, who will discuss the continent’s ambitions to harness the energy mix to benefit Africa’s industrialisation, the organisers say.

Panels discussions will also be held on investment opportunities in Namibia following the recent oil and gas discoveries off the Namibian coast by Shell, TotalEnergies and Namcor coupled with the country’s drive to become a renewable energy hub through its flagship green hydrogen project, the statement says.

The conference will also see participating companies, international investors, service companies and various international delegations sharing updates on exploration activities, renewable energy and regional gas, as well as other ongoing energy projects. ‘’The conference will also tackle the issues of financing the energy sector, solutions to create in-country value through local content, as well as strategies to transform resources into wealth and development, with high profile industry international experts, including GIPF’s CEO, David Nujoma and the Presidential Economic Advisor, James Nyupe as well as Namcor MD Immanuel Mulunga, Nampower MD Simson Haulofu and Shell Namibia General Manager, Dennis Zekveld who will feature on other panels of international experts.

The organisers say the diverse perspectives that will be shared at the conference are ‘’crucial to the ongoing conversations and commitments required to drive the industry growth and development, promote Namibia and the continent as investment destinations of choice and shaping the future of energy locally and regionally’’.


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