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.
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 ;
It was a threefold event comprising:
- An Opening Ceremony ;
- Opening Presentations ;
- Various discussion panel sessions.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.