ERERA is also expecting to give the 2014 forum an international character in order to expand this sharing of knowledge and expertise to electricity sector regulators in other parts of Africa and the world, including southern Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America who share the same challenges in terms of regulation and who have similar experiences on issue of regulatory practices.
The theme for this year's Forum is ‘Realizing the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Market: Opportunities and Challenges’. It reflects the upper most concern of our member states, that currently the establishment of a sustainable regional electricity market is central in addressing the challenges of infrastructure development and access to electricity.
The establishment of the regional market will assist in tackling the issue of unequal distribution of energy resources among countries as well as the critical issue of bridging the gap between supply and demand of electricity. Regional regulation will oversee contractual arrangements that govern cross-border transactions between parties operating in the regional electricity market.
The Forum will bring together stakeholders from the energy sector of ECOWAS Member States, including the Ministries in charge of Energy and Finance, national regulatory authorities, utility companies, parliamentarians, academics, researchers, consumer groups and other civil society organizations, banks and financial institutions, regional and international institutions as well as development partners.
- Mr. Oumar Bangoura
- Ms. Regina Quaye