WEST AFRICAN POWER POOL

The West African Power Pool (WAPP) was created by Decision A/DEC.5/12/99 of the 22nd Summit of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government with the aim of promoting reliable power supply in the West African sub-region.

Subsequently in January 2006, through Decisions A/DEC.18/01/06 and A/DEC.20/01/06, the 29th Summit of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government held in Niamey respectively adopted the Articles of Agreement for the establishment and functioning of WAPP, and granted the WAPP Secretariat the status of a specialized institution of ECOWAS.

On the 5th of July 2006, ECOWAS signed on behalf of WAPP a Headquarters Agreement with the Government of Benin, conferring on it diplomatic immunities required to operate effectively within the entire ECOWAS Member States. The headquarters of WAPP Secretariat is presently located at Zone des Ambassades, PK6, Akpakpa, Cotonou, Republic of Benin.

WAPP VISION

To integrate the operations of the national power systems into a unified regional electricity market, which will, over the medium to long term, assure the citizens of ECOWAS Member States a stable and reliable electricity supply at competitive cost.

WAPP MISSION

To ensure the promotion and development of power generation and transmission facilities, as well as the coordination of power trade between ECOWAS Member States.

WAPP GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE

In total, WAPP has four (4) governing bodies: the General Assembly, the Executive Board, the Organisational Committees and the General Secretariat.

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