This month’s blog comes from Anna Gorzkowska, Producer, & George Hudson, Business Development Manager from the East Africa team
George and I just recently returned from a week in Kampala and Nairobi, meeting with industry leaders and government bodies from the two countries in preparation for the East Africa Energy and Infrastructure Summit and co-located Africa Energy Forum: Off the Grid, taking place in Kampala in early February 2018.
The week was a great success – we certainly didn’t want to return to cold, rainy London!
For both of us it was our first time in Uganda, and we were blown away by how beautiful and green the country was.
During our few days in the city we were honoured to meet with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development and secure their official endorsement. We will be working with them closely over the coming weeks with regards to their plans for energy development in Uganda and aspirations for the two forums.
Additionally, it was great to meet with the industry leaders from across the sector to learn more about the current climate, relevant projects and market developments. From the likes of Fenix International, DFID and Greenlight Planet to the Uganda National Oil Company, ENS Africa and Mott MacDonald; it proved to be an interesting few days and invaluable from a content building perceptive.
Safe to say we are both looking forward to returning in February, and are planning on extending our trip to explore!
After Kampala we travelled to Nairobi to continue our conversations with both public and private sector stakeholders.
Our meeting with the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum in Kenya was a highlight for us both, and we were excited to come away with their support and confirmation that they will attend in February.
The few days of meetings which followed were packed to say the least, and we were both excited by the interest and ideas for the programmes. However, one thing we certainly won’t miss is the traffic… encountering Enterprise Road at rush hour on the way to visit Mobisol was a nightmare!
George at the airport in Kenya after a busy round of meetings in Nairobi
We are both looking forward to the road ahead, and are feeling energised after such a great week. For now we hope you have a good December, and Christmas when it arrives.
All the best,
Anna Gorzkowska | Producer: East Africa
and George Hudson | Business Development Manager | East Africa