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EU Technical Facility Workshop: Bringing Harmony to African Energy Markets

EU Technical Facility Workshop: Bringing Harmony to African Energy Markets

State 

completed

Date 

23 February, 2016 to 24 February, 2016

Country 

Ethiopia

Summary

Bridging policies and strategies for energy development at the continental level was the subject of a workshop, “Development of a Harmonised Regulatory Framework for Energy in Africa”, held at the African Union Commission (AUC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from February 23 to 24, 2016. The workshop was held in the margins of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy “Reference Group on Infrastructure”, on February 25 to 26, 2016.

The ambition is for the AUC to promote cooperation of regulators to formulate a continental strategy and action plan towards necessary reforms, the ultimate goal being an enabling regulatory environment for electricity market development in Africa.

The workshop brought together African energy stakeholders, including regional economic communities, regulators’ associations and regional power pool representatives. Existing regulations and best practices at national, regional and continental levels were discussed, and a common approach towards harmonisation of legislations was developed.

This is the first in a series of round table discussions, to be followed by consultations on technical specifications for harmonisation.

The project is funded by the European Union (EU), whose representative, Mrs. Anna Burylo, Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation to the African Union, states: ‘Policy and regulatory reforms are a prerequisite to facilitate investment from both public and private sources. Policy and regulatory frameworks should ensure stability, transparency and a degree of predictability, while balancing macro-economic and consumer interests.’

This action is promoted by initiative “EU Technical Assistance Facility for Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), Eastern-Southern Africa”.

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Topics

  • Energy Access
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy Security
  • Renewable Energy

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