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Mission Report Participation of the WAPP Secretary General at the Regional Energy Cooperation Summit

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Abidjan, 26 – 27 January 2017

At the invitation of the Event organising agency, EnergyNet UK, the WAPP Secretary General, Mr.  Apollinaire Siengui KI, accompanied by his Personal Assistant, Mr. Sanno MONDRE, embarked on a mission to Côte d’Ivoire to attend the Regional Summit for Energy Cooperation in West Africa.

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The summit, which focused on “promoting cross-border cooperation and regional integration”, took place at the SOFITEL HOTEL IVOIRE in Abidjan from 26 to 27 January 2017. It also involved the exhibition of sundry materials.

The summit was attended by various organisations, namely:

  • The ECOWAS Commission ;
  • Ministries in charge Energy ;
  • Financial Institutions ;
  • WAPP ;
  • Electricity Sector Regulators ;
  • Power Utility ;
  • Rural Electrification Agencies ;
  • Petroleum and Gas Companies ;
  • Etc.

It was a threefold event comprising:

  • An Opening Ceremony ;
  • Opening Presentations ;
  • Various discussion panel sessions.
  1. Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony was held under the auspices of the Honourable Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Development of Renewable Energies of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Mr. Thierry TANOH.

The opening ceremony was equally graced with the presence of the Honourable Minister of Land, Mine and Energy of the Republic of Liberia, Mr. Patrick SENDOLO.

Both keynote speakers expounded on the status of the electricity sector in their respective countries and underscored the importance of sub-regional energy cooperation under the aegis of the ECOWAS Commission and its Specialised Institutions (WAPP, ERERA, ECREEE, WAGPA) with a view to fostering electrification within the sub-region.

  1. Opening Presentations

The opening session was crowned by two presentations:

  • Presentation by the AfDB ;
  • Presentation by the WAPP.

The AfDB presentation focused on AfDB’s energy policy and notably on the vision of its Chairperson to ensure universal access to electricity in Africa by 2025. The presentation was delivered by its Director for Energy, Financial Solutions, Policies and Regulations.

The presentation of the WAPP Institution, which esteemed itself honoured to deliver said presentation, enabled its Secretary General to present an overview of the institution, including the priority projects identified in the 2012-2015 ECOWAS Master Plan for Electrical Energy Generation and Transmission as well as the Regional Electricity Market.

  1. Discussion Panels

Eight (8) discussion panels were constituted, which focused on the following themes among others:

  • Regional Cooperation for West Africa Power Sector ;
  • Role of gas in the development of the sub-region ;
  • Role of the private sector in energy projects ;
  • Innovative methods for project financing ;
  • Off-grid electrification ;
  • Renewable energy projects.


The WAPP Secretary General participated in the discussion panel on regional electricity cooperation in West Africa. This afforded the Secretary General the opportunity to further expound on the activities of the institution and the ongoing process of implementation of the regional market.

From the outcome of the discussions, the need for the collective and firm commitment of all the actors and stakeholders in the sub-regional electricity sector was highlighted, including a certain degree of voluntarism in order to ensure the successful electrification of the sub-region.

The summit ended following a visit to the AZITO combined cycle power plant in the afternoon of the 27th of January 2017.


Monday, January 30th, 2017


Marcel de Souza, President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has launched on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, in Abomey-Calavi, Benin, the construction works of the West African Power Pool (WAPP) Information and Coordination Centre (ICC).

Marcel de Souza donnant le 1er coup de truelle pour lancer les travaux

Marcel de Souza posant la première pierre

The works total cost is of 13.32 billion francs CFA, of which 6.23 billion for construction and 7.9 billion for equipment, are financed by the 10th European Development Fund (EDF).

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They relate to the construction of an infrastructure comprising three main complexes, namely the Information and Coordination Center, consisting of a control room, as well as four server rooms, an administrative block Intended to host the WAPP Secretariat General, as well as a technical block including different buildings.

Visite de la maquette du Cic

According to Marcel de Souza, the Center will enable the West African Power Pool, based in Cotonou, Benin, to coordinate the various national and regional control centers in charge of operating the system and manage the Regional electricity market.

It was the opportunity for the head of ECOWAS Commission  to recall the importance of electricity in the development of any nation.

 « Without low-cost, high-quality electric power, there is no job creation, no industrialization and no development; without electricity, we can not fight poverty » said Marcel de Souza.

Des officiels à la cérémonie de lancement des travaux

After referring to the many ECOWAS initiatives in power area, he said that electricity problems in West Africa are related to production, transport and marketing. In view of these problems, he noted that none of the fifteen Member States of the Community is autonomous in power.

Concerning the ICC, he clarified that his role is to regulate and constantly monitor the various information related to the interconnected market of ECOWAS. Its role is also to ensure a number of benefits so that investors can be motivated.

The WAPP Secretary General, Siengui Apollinaire Ki said that the construction of the ICC is a major step in achieving the objective of the regional electrical integration assigned to its institution by ECOWAS heads of States and Government.

Face à face, le commissaire des mines et de l'énergie de la Commission, Dr Morlaye Bangoura, et Marcel de Souza

According to the Head of the European Union delegation in Benin, Joseph Coll, said that the Center will allow the regional electricity market to become a reality, with a view to encouraging ongoing investments, estimated at around 3 billion euros.

 « This essential contribution to the establishment of the regional electricity market will be a trigger that will encourage the mobilization of investment, especially from the private sector » said Mr. Coll.

He added that the ICC is undoubtedly unique in the world, because of its regional dimension, the symbol it represents for West Africa and the technical challenges it faces.

“The construction of this regional center will benefit the West African population through easy access to quality and affordable energy which, as everyone knows, is the basis for economic”.

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