ERERA’s 4th FORUM – November 20 – 21, 2013: The Kairaba Hotel, Banjul, The Gambia
ERERA’s 4th Forum on regional electricity regulation will take place on November 20 and 21, 2013 in Banjul, capital city of The Gambia. The Forum, like the others before it, is to promote cooperation and exchange of information amongst the regulatory bodies of ECOWAS Member States. It also serves as a permanent platform for discussion aimed at regulators and all stakeholders in the electricity sector in West Africa.
The theme for this year’s Forum is ‘Fast-tracking the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Market: the Regulatory Issues’. It reflects the upper most concern of ERERA, that currently, regulation is central to the development process of the regional electricity market, which is being established to address the challenges of the limited size of most of the national markets within the region.
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 including the establishment of a transparent tariff methodology. The effectiveness of regional regulation enhances the confidence to address governance in the sector and facilitate the involvement of private sector participation as well as public-private partnership, without which necessary investments in the electric power sector development will be difficult to achieve. In this regard, the objective is to promote transparency of cross-border exchanges in electricity, through the introduction of market rules, incorporating key principles such as cooperation, gradualism, transparency, non-discrimination, competitiveness and sustainability.
The establishment of ECOWAS regional electricity market is planned in three phases, each of them corresponding to a vision of development in the short-, medium- and long-term. There are obviously issues around it all. The 4th Forum will address all these issues and the role of regional regulation in the development of the electricity market through the active participation of key stakeholders during the Forum.
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.
Participants are also expected from other regional economic communities (RECs), regulators’ associations and the general public.
REGISTRATION FORMS are available here
You can also view the LIST OF SELECTED HOTELS in Banjul here
For further information, please contact:
– Mme. Seynabou Ngom
Tel.: +233 260 933 909
– Ms. Regina Quaye
Tel.: +233 544 343 052 / +233 302 817 047