While South Africa has developed as a centre of excellence in prepayment, increasingly the technology is being deployed elsewhere in the world and some of these experiences will be highlighted and showcased at this year’s African Utility Week.

Utility representatives from Nigeria, Rwanda, Morocco, France, Russia, Ireland and United Kingdom will be just some of the international delegates who will share their prepayment and metering projects and experiences at the event.

AMR and advanced metering technologies will also be a key focus at African Utility Week. Dr Howard Scott, a US consultant in the global metering world, will address African utilities on advanced metering technologies and projects within different environments.

African Utility Week starts on May 28, 2007 with technical tours and workshops, while the opening of the main conference and exhibition is on May 30, 2007 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

“There is a new wave of hope in revenue collection in Africa and the event exposes African utilities to their counterparts from elsewhere in the world and enables them to learn from one another,” says Jonathan Spencer Jones, editor of Smart Energy International.

African Utility Week includes four major industry events under one roof, and in addition to the 9th annual Metering, Billing/CRM Africa and 6th annual South African Prepayment Week, includes the 9th annual Southern African Power Industry Convention and ESCO Africa.

The detailed and diverse programme is aimed at equipping participants for developments in the power, water and gas sectors and assisting them with day–to-day decision making.

For more information and to register, visit www.african-utility-week.com