Friday, November 9, 2012

US Ex-Im Bank to invest in South Africa's renewables

Rick Angiuoni, Director, Africa at the US Ex-Im Bank has recently confirmed that he will be discussing how the Ex-Im Bank can assist in financing up to $2 billion in South Africa’s renewable energy sector at the 6th Powering Africa: the Finance Options executive meeting in Cape Town, 26 to 28 November. We are equally pleased that Peter Ballinger, Director Business Development at Overseas Private Investment Corporation has recently confirmed to discuss how to tap into OPIC's pre-project development support.

Confirmed PA:FO participants to date include:
Karen Breytenbach, Senior Project Advisor - Financial Analyst PPP Unit, National Treasury Department, South Africa
Rick Angiuoni, Director, Africa, Export-Import Bank of the United States, United States of America
Peter Ballinger, Director Business Development, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), United States of America
Kouassi N’Guessan, Managing Director, Compagnie Ivoirienne de Production de l’Electricit√©, Ivory Coast
Lucy Chege, Divisional Executive, Investment Banking, Development Bank of Southern Africa, South Africa
Yousuf Haffejee, Single Buyer Office Manager, Eskom, South Africa
Rentia van Tonder, Head: of Green Industries Business Unit, Industrial Development Corporation, South Africa
Hubert Chiwara, Finance Director, Zimbabwe Power Company, Zimbabwe

View the latest list of PAFO participants here

Can the successful REIPP programme provide a blueprint for future power expansion from other sources of energy including gas, coal, co-gen and hydropower? Coal, which provides 40% percent of the world’s electricity needs, has been the fastest-growing global energy source so far in the 21st century - to what extent will it feature in the Africa's future energy mix? PA:FO also invites experts to discuss the challenges of financing large thermal and hydro power projects. We are starting to structure the discussion for this year's executive meeting and I would welcome your thoughts on the pertinent issues that you would like to discuss.

The PAFO executive meeting is a dialogue produced for a working group of government and industry peers. Places are limited to encourage open and frank dialogue. There are also limited hotel rooms still available at the Vineyard Hotel during the dates of the PAFO meeting in Cape Town - please let me know if you would like more details. I hope you can join us in Cape Town.

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