To strengthen the capacity of relevant policy, institutional, regulatory and technical frameworks for regional electricity cooperation and integration in Africa, with the overall goal to increase access to electricity and security of supply.
A joint activity between the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP) and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), this initiative was designed as a capacity building program for inter-regional electricity access and supply in Africa.
The objective of this initiative was to strengthen the capacity of relevant policy, institutional, regulatory and technical frameworks for regional electricity cooperation and integration in Africa, with the overall goal to increase access to electricity and security of supply. The initiative benefitted from the support of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UN ECA), the African Energy Commission (AFREC) the African Development Bank and other key relevant regional actors.
The seminars provided a comprehensive overview of the most important issues and features with regard to interconnecting power systems, as well as sharing of best practices and ways of minimizing risks. The focus was on the necessary harmonization of power system organization, planning and operation on a regional basis, with a view to reaping the full benefits of optimal resource development within the region.
The first workshop, largely aimed at policy and decision makers, with the objective to increase political awareness of the benefits of regional interconnection, took place in Cairo, Egypt in June 2005, followed by a second one in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from September 4-5, 2008.
A third seminar was given in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, featuring two consecutive five-day sessions from November 21 to December 2, 2011 on interconnected power systems operation and the regional interconnected electricity market. A total of 40 participants from the Central African Power Pool member countries attended.