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Regulation of electricity sector in West Africa

Electricity: Burkina PM urges effective regulation of electricity sector in W/Africa - Prime Minister of Burkina Faso Luc Adolphe Tiao has called for an effective regulation of the electricity sector in West Africa.

The Premier made the call while receiving a five-member delegation of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA), led by its Chairman, El Hadj Ibrahima Thiam, recently in Ouagadougou.

According to ERERA, the delegation was on a two-day working visit to the country to formalise the agreement between ERERA and the l'Autorité de Régulation du Secteur de l’Electricité du Burkina Faso (ARSE) - the Burkinabe electricity regulator - to host the fifth ERERA Forum 13-14 November 2014 in Burkina Faso's capital.

This year’s forum, which is expected to bring together some 300 participants, will serve as a platform for the exchange of ideas aimed at ministries in charge of Energy, regulators, operators, investors, donors, researchers and all stakeholders in the electricity sector in West Africa.

It will also help promote cooperation and exchange of information among the regulatory bodies of ECOWAS member states and between ERERA and other associations of regulators and power pools from other African regions and around the world

The Prime Minister pledged his commitment toward ensuring the success of the event, as part of concerted efforts to the development of a competitive electricity market that is beneficial to citizens of the ECOWAS Community.

One of the highlights of the visit was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between ERERA and the host, following fruitful discussions between ERERA and officials of ARSE.

Pana 25/02/2014