By Richard Kofi Attenkah
Abidjan, capital of Côte d’Ivoire, would, from 26 – 27 January, 2017, host the Regional Energy Co-operation Summit for West African countries, to discuss opportunities for cross-border power projects and investments across the sub-region.
Cross-border co-operation in West Africa is crucial to develop mechanisms that facilitate trade and power exchange among member states.
As one of the fastest growing economies in Sub-Saharan Africa, Côte d’Ivoire is a popular entry point for African and international companies seeking to invest in the region, as well as accommodating the headquarters of the African Development Bank.
These points complement the overarching theme of the Regional Energy Co-operation Summit, which is to unleash international capital to drive forward West Africa’s regional integration.
Recent South African and Moroccan examples illustrate the benefits of well managed Independent Power Projects (IPPs), demonstrating effective and transparent leadership, aligned with both multilaterals and private sector.
Organisers of the meeting EnergyNet will work with ECOWAS regional institutions, such as WAPP, ERERA and ECREEE, and the national governments of West Africa, to uncover cost efficient solutions to increase energy access, industrial capacity and profitability for all.
The meeting will host keynote addresses from Patrick Sendolo, Minister of Mines, Lands and Energy of the Republic of Liberia, and Prof. Alpha Oumar Dissa, Minister of Energy, Mines and Quarries of Burkina Faso.
Conference sessions will focus on regional co-operation and power delivery, the importance of gas in accelerating the pace of regional development, the role of the private sector, and innovative methods for project financing.
Siengui Ki, Executive Director of West Africa Power Pool, will showcase successful case studies and present live projects seeking investment.
Some speakers from across the region, who are scheduled to speak at the summit, include: Patrick Sendolo, Minister of Mines, Lands and Energy, Liberia; Prof. Alpha Oumar Dissa, Minister of Energy, Mines; Quarries, Burkina Faso; Siengui Ki, Executive Secretary, West Africa Power Pool, and Wilfrid Maffon, Personal Assistant to H.E. Dona Jean Claude Houssou, Minister of Energy, Water and Mines, Benin.
Others are Mouhamadou Makhtar Cissé, Chief Executive Officer, Sénélec, Senegal; Paul Marie A. Sagna Lakh, Secretary General, Regulatory Commission for the Electricity Sector (CRSE), Senegal; Djiby Ndiaye, Director General, National Agency for Renewable Energy (ANER), Senegal; Yesufu Longe Alonge, Head, Power Procurement and Power Contracts, NBET, Nigeria, and Moussa Ombotimbe, Deputy National Director of Energy, National Directorate of Energy (DNE), Mali.
Also to speak are Eng. Júlio António Raúl, Director of Renewable Energy and Domestic Energy, Ministry of Energy and Industry, Guinea-Bissau; Spero Mensah, President, Africa Power Group, former Minister of Energy, Benin; Ifey Ikeonu, former Chairperson, ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA), and Bernhard van Meeteren, Senior Investment Officer, FMO, will also deliver some papers.
The rest include; Romain Py, Head of Transactions, African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM); Mamadou Touré, Founder & CEO, Ubuntu Capital; Matthias Adler, Head of Division, Infrastructure, Financial Sector West Africa, KfW; Rachid Idrissi Kaitoun, President, Moroccan Energy Federation; Cassandra Colbert, Resident Representative in Cote d’Ivoire, International Finance Corporation and Ransome Owan, Group Managing Director, Aiteo Power, Infrastructure & Real Estate.