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EUEI contributes to Workshop on Harmonised Regulatory Framework for the Electricity Market in Africa

EUEI contributes to Workshop on Harmonised Regulatory Framework for the Electricity Market in Africa




27 September, 2016 to 29 September, 2016




North Africa


From the 27 to 29 September, the EUEI PDF participated in the final consultation and validation workshop of the “Action Plan for a Harmonised Regulatory Framework for the Electricity Market in Africa”. Organised by the European Commission’s Technical Assistance Facility (TAF), the event marked the end of a year and a half-long stakeholder process which aimed to develop a continental strategy and action plan for a harmonised regulatory framework (a so-called African Energy Union) to 
a) develop a regionally integrated market, and 
b) to help mobilise private investment through the development of regional and continental infrastructure and markets. 

Participating in the event were stakeholders from pan-African organisations including the AUC as initiator of the process, UNECA, and NEPAD; from regional bodies including regional economic communities, regional regulatory organisations, renewable energy and energy efficiency centres, and power pools, as well as representatives from ministries and regulators at the national level. The EUEI PDF took part on behalf of European stakeholders. 

During the three-day event, the Action Plan for harmonisation was discussed, validated, and specific validations for actions intended for the short-, medium- and long-terms proposed. The Action Plan has been drawn up on the basis of a dedicated Strategy for Harmonisation, itself validated with stakeholders at a workshop held in June 2016. The Strategy – and thus the Action Plan for its implementation – revolves around six specific objectives, which include creating a robust economic and a solid technical regulatory framework, enhancing renewable energy frameworks, and establishing the norms, standards and frameworks for energy efficiency. The Strategy’s objectives and the Action Plan represent a concrete contribution to the implementation of the dedicated African agendas and work areas on energy. These include the African Union Agenda 2063, the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI), and one of the focus areas of the AfDB’s New Deal on Energy for Africa – Light Up and Power Africa. 

In next steps, the Action Plan will draw on the contributions and insights shared by stakeholders at the workshop, before being discussed at AU Specialised Technical Committee and a resolution is brought to the AU Summit (January 2017 expected). The EUEI PDF team will continue to comment and contribute to the process, and liaise with the AUC and provide support for specific actions. 


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