From PHYLLIS BIRORI in Kigali, Rwanda
KIGALI, CAJ News) – PREPARATIONS for the Infrastructure Partnerships for African Development (iPAD) Rwanda Energy Investment Forum set for November have received a timely boost after Tunisian firm, STEG International Services (STEG-IS), partnered for the third time as platinum sponsor.
STEG-IS is a leading international engineering, construction, and technical services provider for public and private sector companies, and is a subsidiary of the Tunisian state-owned Electricity and Gas (STEG) which has successfully succeeded in its mission mainly the electrification of the country.
Tunisia is one of the few countries in the African continent where the rural electrification rate has reached more than 99 percent against 6 percent in 1976.
STEG-IS has been active in Rwanda for some time, says General Manager, Mohamed Ammar.
“Apart from the Middle East, STEG-IS is present in several African countries.”
The main activities performed include but not limited to project planning, studies, network development, control and supervision of construction works, Rural Electrification (ER) projects in Tanzania, Senegal, Cameroun, Sierra Leone and Congo.
The most significant ER project performed by STEG-IS was Rwanda ER PROJECT regarding the electrification of six districts of the Eastern Province of Rwanda for the connection of 55000 households and the construction of a medium and low-voltage distribution network and a major program of support, training and capacity building of the Rwandan Electricity Company.
“We are thrilled to have a company of STEG-IS’s reputation and experience on board again as the platinum sponsor for iPAD Rwanda,” says iPAD) Rwanda Energy Investment Forum event director, Evan Schiff.
“They are the right partner as the company has done a lot of business in Rwanda and they talk from experience. We will showcase the enormous investment opportunities in the country’s power and infrastructure sectors and the Kigali government has proven that it can provide a stable and investor-friendly business climate. STEG-IS is a great example of this.”
iPAD Rwanda Energy Investment Forum that will take place from 1-2 November in Kigali.
The forum will gather investors, project developers, finance houses, construction and planning companies, technology providers from Rwanda, the region and from the rest of the world as well as high-level government representatives.
Minister of Infrastructure, James Musoni, will once again deliver the welcome address during the opening session of iPAD Rwanda on November 1.
The third edition of the event continues to enjoy strong, official support from the state power utility REG, the Rwandan Ministry of Infrastructure as well as the Rwandan Development Board.
– CAJ News