As the East Africa Power Industry Convention came to a close on Thursday, Uganda scooped awards over the developments of the energy sector in the country. Uganda won the Special Recognition Award for outstanding leadership and the Award for Excellence in Power Transmission or Distribution. This was the second time in a row that Uganda won the latter.
The 18th Session of the East Africa Power Industry Convention saw over 180 power professionals and 2000 visitors converge in Nairobi on the 21st and 22nd of September 2016, to discuss the status of projects in the region, opportunities and best practices in the sector.
Several Individuals also scooped awards with Dr. Fred Kabagambe-Kaliisa, the Permanent Secretary of Uganda Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development scooping the Special Recognition Award.
“With my colleagues in Uganda’s energy sector, with whom I have worked with for the last 20 years as the Permanent Secretary, to design and implement policies and laws which have created a conducive environment for private sector participation and investment in Uganda’s power industry.” Said Dr. Kabagambe-Kallisa. He has worked in the sector since 1997.
Over USD1.5 billion has been invested in Uganda from Foreign Direct Investments over the last 7 years, which has led to the growth of the industry and the companies such as Umeme, which scooped the Award for Excellence in Power Transmission or Distribution.
Other winners include: Mobisol – East Africa winner of the Outstanding Clean Power Project Award, Africa Biogas Partnership Programme winner of the Community Development Programme of the Year Award, Ethiopia Electric Power winner of the Award for Excellence in Power Generation, Ethiopia’s Azeb Asnake the CEO of Ethiopia Electric Power winner of the Outstanding Woman in Power – Regional Award, and Faith Chege the Chief Financial Officer of Barefoot Power Africa Ltd, winner of the Future Energy Leader Award.
BY: Humphrey Ngugi