ICA forum focusses on private sector participation in regional power projects
3 May 2016
The Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) organised a two-day forum in Senegal in March 2016 that focussed on how best to engage the private sector in Africa’s power sector development and the role of Regional Power Pools in fostering enhanced private sector engagement in regional power projects.
The Dakar meeting was organised in collaboration with the Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA) and the regional African Power Pools. Opened by Senegal’s Minister for Energy and Renewable Energy Development, HE Mr Tierno Alassane Sall, the meeting was attended by over 45 senior officials representing the power pools, power utilities, the APUA and other stakeholders involved in the energy sector.
Key outcomes from the meeting included:
- The ICA and its partners will consider providing training workshops for the Power Pools and their respective members from power utilities;
- The ICA will update its 2011 report on African Power Pools, which will include updated data and information, and APUA will work on a standardised format for the power utilities to collect data;
- The proposal by the African Development Bank for the development of an “African Power Sector Performance Index” was well received; this would serve as a tool for evaluating and monitoring progress made by countries in the sector, as well as serving as a guide for improvement;
- Support was pledged for the African Development Bank proposed initiative to develop a regional operation business model, acknowledging the specificities of regional versus national energy projects, and the lack of a benchmark for their successful design, development and implementation.