Powerelec 2016 calls for focus on renewable, clean energy sources

Powerelec 2016 has set the tone for a paradigm shift towards solar and clean energy sources.

Owing to technological advancement in the power sector, there has been the need for governments to focus more on clean energy sources such as solar and wind; this is the one stop solution that Powerelec 2016 brought to bear.

About 200 exhibitors from India, Turkey, Egypt, China, Dubai and Ghana took part in the three day expo and conference held at the Pavilion A of the Ghana International Trade Fair Center in Accra.

John Jinapor, deputy minister of Power of the Republic of Ghana accompanied by Ambassadors from Turkey and Egypt with an honoree presence of the acting High Commission of India to Ghana H.E. Mr. Gupta cut the sword for the opening of POWERELEC GHANA 2016.

In his speech, Hon. Jinapor highlighted some key projects in the power sector that are already being executed by private companies like ASKA POWER, among others. He mentioned that the government is encouraging private sector to take the lead in the POWER sector and that the time is ripe for FDI’s in the power sector as Ghana also serve as the gateway to the rest of West Africa.

The President of the Association of Ghana Industries, Mr. James Asare Adjei in his opening remarks encouraged investors present not to hesitate in doing business in Ghana as it’s a favorable environment for businesses to grow like tax holidays, easy access to infrastructure, labor, etc.

The 3day expo also saw industry players and government agencies meet to share expertise at the West Africa Power Barons Conference. Key among dignitaries who graced the three-day expo and Power Barons Conference include The Chairman of the Energy Commission, Hon. Dr Kwame Ampofo, CEO of the Ghana Grid Company, William Amuna, Ing. Jonathan Amoako Baah, Director of Technical Services at Volta River Authority, Mr. Edward Ashong Lartey, Director for Investment Services at the Ghana Investment Promotions Centre among others.

Businesses and individuals who thronged the center were assisted with cutting edge technologies in power to enhance business productivity. Some notable visitors of POWERELEC GHANA 2016 came from Portugal, Poland, Nigeria (Mistibushi), among others. On an average the expo saw about 900 visitors per day from industry. Powerelec, which happens to be the maiden edition, held in Ghana will be replicated in India Next.

Organizing partner for Powerelec 2016 and managing director for Orange IMC Ghana limited, Christopher Rockson said “our sole aim for being a partner to Powerelec is to create and facilitate a unique platform where international business would meet and partner with local expertise in the power sector to create sustainable solutions to Africa’s power challenges, and thereby creating more jobs for Africa’s youth”

This year’s Powerelec was organised by Verifair Dubai, FairAct India and Orange IMC from Ghana with support from the Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Power and Energy Commission of Ghana, Association of Ghana Industries, and sponsored by AKSA POWER, REROY CABLE and IENG GHANA INDO African chamber of commerce, FEIO, VRA, GRIDCO, Bui Power Authority with PRICE WATER HOUSE COOPERS being KNOWLEDGE Partner.

Source: Ghana/StarrFMonline.com/103.5FM

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