On Friday, April 26, 2019, the 33rd meeting of the WAPP Technical and Financial Partners (TFPs) was held at the Golden Tulip le Diplomate Hotel in Cotonou, Benin. This gathering’s purpose is to check in on the progress made with the TFPs support for development but also to agree on actions to accelerate the implementation of current and future WAPP projects.
The Benin Energy Minister, Mr. Jean-Claude Houssou, presided over the opening ceremony and the meeting was chaired by the Chairman of the WAPP Executive Board, Mr. Usman Gur Mohammed.
The session allowed WAPP to officially present the new ECOWAS Master Plan for the Development of Regional Power Generation and Transmission Infrastructure 2019-2033, including 75 priority projects with a financing requirement of over US$36 billion, but also to present the implementation progress of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Market, the Directive on Securing Cross-Border Trade in Electricity in the context of the regional electricity market, the WAPP Human Resources Capacity Development Program and the financing needs for various projects.
At the end of the exchanges, the TFPs renewed their support to WAPP for the realization of its vision to integrate the electricity network of ECOWAS Member States.