GSEP supports electrification plans in Southern Africa

April 16, 2014

The Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP) together with the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) hosted a high-level workshop focusing on electrification in the southern African region from April 15-16, 2014.

Held in Johannesburg, South Africa, this workshop built on the first workshop held in 2013, when national utilities and regulators from the region provided strategies to attract investments and reduce risks in national electrification roll out programs. In this follow up, we focused on initiating the implementation of such recommendations by reviewing the national country electrification plans status, identifying the gaps and difficulties to achieve their development, and identifying stakeholders required for the development of key projects and policy and regulation required to enable a successful implementation of the electrification country plans.

Dr. Lawrence Musaba, SAPP Coordination Centre Manager, highlighted that "we are happy to be able to build on the first workshop held jointly with GSEP. The challenges and actions for the successful implementation of the electrification country plans discussed during this follow-up workshop will serve as input to our next Management Committee August 2014."

Attended by 40 people from the 12 countries in the Southern Africa Development Community, the workshop consisted of interactive panel discussions and working sessions with power utilities, SAPP Management Committee Members, SAPP Electrification Working Group Members, Electrification Agencies, financing institutions in the region, technology vendors and other experts.