By Dipo Olowookere
Well-known global information and telecommunication giant, Huawei, will return as the exclusive diamond sponsor for the third time in a row for the upcoming West African Power Industry Convention (WAPIC) taking place in Lagos from November 23-24, 2016 at Eko Hotel & Suites.
“We are absolutely thrilled that Huawei has given WAPIC the seal of approval for the third time in a row,” says Claire O’Connell, event director of WAPIC.
She adds: “We take our task of gathering the best in the industry to discuss the challenges ánd successes very seriously and as market leader, Huawei, should be part of that conversation. We once again look forward to their contribution to this year’s conference and exhibition.”
As a global leading ICT solution provider, Huawei serves 170 countries and one-third of the global population. With more than 20 years of experience implementing successful ICT solutions and a deep understanding of power industry operations, Huawei is able to provide an innovative and industry-specific ICT solution for a better Smart Grid.
WAPIC, a flagship, regional conference and exhibition, will return to Lagos with an exciting interactive programme that reflects the dynamic energy landscape of the region and will once again attract some 2000 power professionals, high-level experts and industry stalwarts during the 13th edition of the event.
The MD of Huawei Nigeria, Mr Li Beifang, is a speaker in the WAPIC opening session, while the Huawei Forum, which forms part of the strategic conference, will focus on “Leading new ICT, building a better connected intelligent grid.” Speakers and topics in the Huawei Forum will include:
* Global energy interconnection development and ICT
– Liu Jianming, Deputy Director of the Chinese Society for Electrical Engineering (CSEE), China
* Smart Metering_Ikeja Electric PLC Experience
– Discussion with senior representatives from IKEJA Electric
* Leading new ICT, building 100% connected power IoT
– Jerry Ji, President Energy Industry Enterprise, Business Group, China
* Making the best value for your money in AMI
– Guofeng, Senior IoT Solution Consultant, Huawei EBG
* Leading New ICT, Building 100% Connected Power IoT
– David Randolph Hoelscher, Marketing Director, Department of Huawei IoT Solutions
* Insight into the Nigeria Power Sector
– Engr. Abayomi Adebisi
SMEs, start-ups and young innovators will be given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase their new solutions, game changing technology and inventions for the power industry at the Innovation Hub taking place during WAPIC. Part of the programme of the Innovation Hub is a look at specific, identified problem sets in the power sector where innovation and new technologies can make a huge difference.
The third edition of the hugely successful West African Power Industry Awards will also take place at this year’s WAPIC during a gala dinner evening when industry pioneers and projects will be recognised and celebrated in seven different categories.
WAPIC is organised by Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK. Other flagship events in Spintelligent’s power portfolio on the continent are African Utility Week, the East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC), iPAD Rwanda Energy Infrastructure Forum and iPAD Cameroon Energy & Infrastructure Forum.
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