High-level workshop on energy access in West Africa: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

The Smart Villages Initiative, the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), and the European Union Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF) were pleased to host the ‘High-level workshop on energy access in West Africa’ in March 2017.

The workshop served as a kick-off event for a wider capacity-building engagement on clean energy mini-grids (CEMGs) in the ECOWAS region and will provide relevant insights to the challenges facing countries in West Africa with regards to CEMGs. In addition, a core component of the workshop is an opportunity to reflect on, and consequently to refine, the conclusions and recommendations from the Smart Villages West Africa engagement programme. The objective was to communicate the experiences, views, and recommendations of front-line individuals and organisations to policymakers in West Africa on how off-grid energy access can be achieved so as to catalyse productive enterprise and the provision of essential services such as healthcare and education in rural villages.


Day 1 - Monday, March 27, 2017
08:15 Registration
08:30Welcome address

John Holmes, Smart Villages Initiative (SVI)
Crispen Zana, EUEI PDF

Mahama Kappiah, ECREEE

09:15 Group photo
09:30 Introduction to workshop agenda, Nicola Bugatti (ECREEE)
09:45 Introduction to the Smart Villages Initiative, John Holmes (SVI)
10:00 Summary of findings: Smart Villages Initiative’s West Africa engagement, John Holmes (SVI)
10:30 Key note 1 and Q&A: Promoting private enterprises’ interest in PPP mini-grid development
Jannik Moller (GIZ Nigerian Energy Support Programme)
11:00 Tea break
11:30 Breakout session: Discussion around SVI’s key findings from West Africa engagement programmes
12:35 Feedback on breakout discussion session
13:00 Lunch break
14:15Plenary session 1 and Q&A: Clean Energy Mini Grid (CEMG) targets, goals and situation in ECOWAS countries. Preliminary findings of the CNA. Regional initiative for the promotion of an enabling environment for investment in CEMG.
Nicola Bugatti (ECREEE)
14:45Interactive discussion session
1: Policy and regulatory framework for CMEGs including successes and challenges of ECOWAS national experiences.
Moderator: Peggy Mischke, RECP Policy Advisory Energy and Electricity Policy

A1. National Electricity or Electrification Policy
A2. Rural Electrification Strategy and Master Plan
A3. Energy and Electricity Law (incl. Implementing Institutions)

• Dele Shobayo, Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME), Liberia

• Ghislain Tanoh CI-ENERGIE, Cote D’Ivoire
A4. Tariff Policy and Regulation (incl. Connection Fee)

• Karine Monteiro, Economic Regulatory Agency (ARE), Cape Verde

• Benjamin Kamara, Ministry of Energy, Sierra Leone
15:45 Tea break
16:15 Interactive discussion session 2: Policy and regulatory framework for CEMGs including reference to successes and challenges of ECOWAS national experiences
Moderator: Peggy Mischke, RECP Policy Advisory team
Economic Policy and Regulation
B1. Fiscal Policy and Regulation (Taxation, Import Duty, etc.)

• Ampadu Otu-Danquah, Energy Commission, Ghana

Customer Protection and Environmental Policy and Regulation
C1. Technical Regulation (incl. Grid Connection)
C2. Quality of Service Regulation
C3. Environmental Policy and Regulation

• Quality Assurance Framework for Mini-Grids, Ian Baring-Gould, US National

Renewable Energy Laboratory

• Alfred Dieng, Rural Electrification Agency of Senegal (ASER)
17:15 Closing remarks
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