1 Accra, the capital of Ghanaorganizes a regional validation workshop on the update ECOWAS Energy Policy, September 7-9, 2022.
2 The workshop, which is part of the program “Improving Energy Sector Governance in West Africa (AGoSE-AO)”, aims to review the vision, strategic objectives and implementation plan of the updated ECOWAS energy policy and then validate the document.
3 Given that the current ECOWAS energy policy is 40 years old, dating back to 1982, the ECOWAS Commission has found it necessary to provide the region with a new policy due to the evolving context of energy transition and other important challenges that must be taken up in Within this framework and with the support of the European Union, the Regional Program for the Improvement of Governance of the Energy Sector implemented by ECOWAS, has included a component on the review of said policy NTU International was selected to carry out the review, one of the products of which is the focus of discussion at this meeting.
4 The Accra workshop is conducted through a participatory process of five (5) sessions.
5 The workshop will bring together representatives of ECOWAS Member States, the European Union, the ECOWAS Energy and Mining Directorate, as well as ECOWAS specialized energy agencies (ERERA, WAPP and ECREEE), national energy agencies and some regional institutions.
6 The official opening ceremony of the workshop featured several statements.
seven After thanking the Government of Ghana for accommodation the meeting and the European Union for its support in the implementation of this activity, Sédiko Douka, ECOWAS Commissioner for Infrastructure, Energy and Digitization, in his speech focusing on the expected outcomes of the workshop “The expected results of this important study will undoubtedly contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the The United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, a strong commitment by ECOWAS Member States at the international level.
8 He also indicated that the updated energy policy of ECOWAS will make it possible to determine, among other things, the best energy mix for the region, the need to guarantee universal access to modern energy services under the best conditions of quality and sustainability and the lower cost.
11 The ceremony also included an intervention by videoconference by Ms Anastasia Oikonomou, Representative of the European Union.
12 She noted that the updated ECOWAS energy policy is a long-awaited dream under AGoSE, the EU-funded $32 million technical assistance program for energy sector governance. in west Africa.
13 According to her, once adopted, the updated ECOWAS energy policy will be key to boosting energy investments in the region.
14 It will also serve to position West Africa as the first single electricity market on the continent.
15 In his official opening address to the workshop, the Honorable Andrew Mercer, Deputy Minister of Energy of Ghana, reiterated the importance of the energy sector in driving sustainable development, attracting investment and creating jobs in the countries of the West African sub-region.
16 After calling on technical and financial partners to strengthen their support for the energy sector in the ECOWAS region, the Deputy Minister concluded his speech with a message of hope: “I am sure that the development and implementation implementation of the updated ECOWAS Energy Policy will enable initiatives and generate new innovative projects to promote a reliable, cost-effective and environmentally friendly energy supply. The objective of the program “Improving Governance of the Energy Sector in West Africa (AGoSE-AO)”, developed in cooperation with the Commission of European Union (EU) under the 11 European Development Fund (EDF)is to lay the foundations of West Africa United States to achieve the three main United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Goals (SE4All) initiative by 2030, namely: (i) ensuring universal access to modern and clean energy services; (ii) Substantially increase the share of renewable energies in the global energy mix; and (iii) doubling the overall rate of improvement in energy efficiency.
17 The AGoSE-AO program is implemented by ECOWAS with technical assistance from NTU International through a team of consultants.