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Burundi Minister of Energy & Mines Visits Schneider Electric’s Plant in Badr City to Discuss Joint Cooperation

Stemming from its commitment to further cement its leading position and expand its operations across Africa, Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, recently hosted the Burundi Minister of Energy and Mines in its plant in Badr Industrial City. During his visit, the Burundi Minister was accompanied by Dr. Mohamed Moussa, First Under-Secretary at the Egyptian Ministry of Energy and Electricity, along with high-level delegation from Schneider Electric headed by Eng. Albert Fuchet, Country President, Schneider Electric Egypt and North East Africa; Eng. Sherif Abdel Fattah, Vice President for Governmental Affairs & Renewable Energy, Schneider Electric Egypt and North East Africa; and Eng. Ashraf Al Nahas, Vice President for Manufacturing, Schneider Electric Egypt and North East Africa.

The Burundi Minister praised the state-of-the-art technology of Schneider Electric’s plant and the operational processes to ensure the highest quality standards are fully implemented across all manufacturing operations. The delegation toured different production lines at the plant,  including LV/MV production lines, and smart panels lines that offer unique features such as the ability to detect malfunctions, down-system location, and real-time load readings, providing accurate information about consumption rates, and hence achieving power saving and energy efficiency. At the end of the visit, both sides agreed on enhancing mutual cooperation between Schneider Electric and state of Burundi.  

“Schneider Electric believes in the importance of cooperation between African countries to address energy challenges across the continent,” said Sherif Abdel Fattah, Vice President for Governmental Affairs & Renewable Energy, Schneider Electric Egypt and North East Africa. “We are committed to the African market, constantly seeking to further strengthen our position and enhance investments in this vital market through joint cooperation. The latest meeting with Burundi’s Minister of Energy and Mines is just one example of the ways in which Schneider Electric develops and delivers energy and smart grid solutions to African countries.”

Egypt is the home of Schneider Electric’s ISO certified Regional Equipment Plant for MV&LV distribution cells and Product Distribution Center in Badr Industrial City. The plant exports 25% of its production to a number of countries across the region such as: United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Kenya, and others.  The plant has 400 employees with great potentials to expand during the upcoming period.

Schneider Electric enjoys a leading position across Africa with its branches that include more than 3000 employees. It has also a number of logistics centers in Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya, in addition to its plants in Egypt and South Africa, Morocco, and Kenya. Schneider Electric opened a number of training centers in Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, and South Africa, as well as centers of excellence in Egypt, South Africa, Morocco, and Kenya, in addition to a number of after sale services centers in number of countries.

On the other hand, Schneider Electric recently participated at the 2nd Africa Smart Grid Forum held on March 5-7 in Cairo. The forum was held under the auspices of Eng. Sherif Ismail, Egypt’s Prime Minister, and Dr. Mohamed Shaker, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy. The regional forum also welcomed other high-level delegations from China, Germany, France, Kuwait, in addition to a number of African countries including; South Africa, Nigeria, and Burundi. During the forum, Schneider Electric delegates held several meetings with a number of African energy ministers to discuss joint cooperation with African countries. The Africa Smart Grid Forum is a regional platform that addresses a wide variety of topics including the latest updates in smart grid technologies and how to promote smart grid and the utilization of renewable energy while achieving energy efficiency across Africa. In addition, the forum showcased local and global experiences related to smart grid in mega cities, access to energy solutions provided to off-grid and remote areas, smart grid challenges and opportunities across Africa, the role of governments and financial institutions in supporting smart grid initiatives, as well as the convergence of telecommunication and energy to achieve the objectives of smart grid applications.   

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