Financing Electrification Workshops with Southern African Power Pool (SAPP)

 

When: 2013, 2014

Where: Zimbabwe, South Africa

What: Strengthening Institutional Capacities

Key objectives

  • Collaboratively investigate, through discussions and shared perspectives on financing national electrification programs, new approaches to increase the speed and penetration of energy access in Southern Africa
  • Help review 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

When: 2013, 2014

Where: Zimbabwe, South Africa

What: Strengthening Institutional Capacities

We hosted, together with the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), two high-level dialogues aimed at the transfer of expertise on power sector investments to support electrification plans in Southern Africa. 

The first workshop focused on financing electrification and was held in Harare, Zimbabwe, from July 8-10, 2013. Representatives from national utilities and regulators from the 13 countries in the region provided strategies to attract power investments and reduce risks in national electrification roll-out programs. The dialogue was attended by 50 participants, including SAPP Management Committee Members, SAPP Electrification Working Group Members, and representatives from the countries’ electrification agencies/authorities, national regulators, and GSEP members.

A second follow-up workshop focusing on electrification plans in the southern African region was held from April 15-16, 2014. Held in Johannesburg, South Africa, this workshop built on the first one and focused on initiating the implementation of the recommendations outlined in the first dialogue by reviewing the national country electrification plans’ status, identifying the gaps and difficulties to achieve their development, identifying the stakeholders required for the development of key projects, and the key policies and regulations required to enable a successful implementation of the electrification country plans.

This second dialogue was attended by 40 people from the 12 countries in the Southern Africa Development Community.

These workshops are part of a capacity-building program we initially developed with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). The program was designed to promote a bottom-up approach to increasing advanced power technology investment flows in developing countries through a series of region-specific interactive dialogues held in Thailand (2009), Kenya (2010), Switzerland (2010), Chile (2011, 2012), Benin (2012), and South Africa (2013, 2014).

“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.”

Lawrence Musaba, SAPP Coordination Centre Manager

Participating members and partners

  • Eskom
  • SGCC
  • Southern African Power Pool (SAPP)
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