Workshop for Decision Makers on Geothermal Projects and their Management, held at Lake Naivasha, Kenya, 14-18 November, 2005.
The aim of the Workshop was to make high-level decision makers from the respective energy ministries, national electric power companies, geological surveys, and finance ministries, better informed about the main phases of geothermal development and what kind of manpower, equipment, and financing is needed for each phase. Participation was by invitation only. There were 20 high-level decision makers from five of the ARGeo countries (Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda) at the Workshop, plus lecturers from Ethiopia (1), Iceland (4), Kenya (8) and Philippines (1). Representatives of each ARGeo country also presented a priority project from their countries.
Sixteen papers were presented and distributed as conference proceedings and CD-ROMs. The presentations were of a high quality. It was clear from the great attention with which the participants sat through the long hours of lectures and from their active participation in the discussions that they found the Workshop valuable. KenGen were wonderful hosts and made excellent arrangements for the Workshop, and the international travel for the invited participants from the ARGeo countries. It has been great to work with the KenGen group (with Silas Simiyu as main contact) in preparing the programme, editing the papers etc. We started the preparations in November 2004, and the fruits came a year later. The travel and hotel cost of all invited participants and lecturers were covered by UNU-GTP, the Icelandic Government and ICEIDA. As was mentioned in the letter in the previous year, a considerable expansion was planned in the operations of the UNU-GTP in the following few years. In addition to the second short course in Africa, annual short courses were planned to start in Central America in 2006 and in Asia in 2007.