Joining Forces to Accelerate Electrification in Africa: A Joint GSEP-APUA Electrification Dialogue
On May 11, an Electrification Dialogue gathered members of GSEP and of the Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA) virtually to share experiences on how to accelerate much-needed electrification and identify enablers to face the challenges involved.
Electrification is a key factor to catalyze economic and social development on the African continent. The pandemic emphasized the need to consider the electric power sectors as priority to develop African economies. All actors of the value chain must work together to accelerate electrification and unlock its benefits for all, but utilities have a central role to play in increasing access to electricity. New business models must be built with the support of governments, policy makers, investors and all stakeholders.
Each country must forge its own path to achieve its energy transition, but collaboration and knowledge-sharing are essential for all countries to succeed. Participating utilities discussed how collaboration between different stakeholders can improve the regional integration, thus enhancing the level of security of supply and facilitating the development of new renewable capacity. They also shared experiences on the enablers and hurdles faced to achieve a clean and cost-effective energy supply, to accelerate the construction of electricity infrastructure and to promote the industrialization, urbanization and regional integration of Africa.
The Dialogue - held under ONEE's leadership - was a small, invitation-only event aimed at bringing together electric utilities engaged in electrification, such as the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company, Kenya Electricity Generating Company, Senelec, Energie du Mali, Côte d'Ivoire Energies, Uganda Electricity Generation Company, NAWEC – Gambia National Water & Electric Company, and many more.