Ravinder Sikand spoke at the first Low Voltage Direct Current (LVDC) Conference, which was jointly hosted by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS). The conference was held in Nairobi on 22nd and 23rd May 2017.
The conference focused on sustainable electricity access with the primary aim to discuss how to bring adequate, clean and affordable electricity to the 1.2 billion people who lack access to it.
Ravinder’s presentation was addressed to technical experts, government representatives, funding agencies, investors, insurance companies, power utilities, equipment manufacturers and NGOs. His presentation focused on funding electricity access programs with specific attention drawn towards the challenges to accessing electricity in Africa, the factors driving change to enable electricity access and the barriers to financing different electricity access initiatives.
Additionally, he added the need to invest in ‘power for productivity’ – as powering the commercial industry, inevitably results in increased productivity and a greater household income.