The 7th Regional Electricity Regulatory Forum of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA) has been slated for next week in Banjul, The Gambia, with officials of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and other member countries’ regulators billed to attend.
With the theme, “Energy Security in the ECOWAS Region through Interdependence”, the forum is organised as part of the mandate of ERERA for the organisation and development of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Market, said a statement from the ERERA secretariat.
It said the event, which will be hosted by The Gambia for the second time since November 2013, will be opened by the Vice President of The Gambia, Mr Badara Alieu Joof.
It is also expected to provide an opportunity to reaffirm the commitment of ECOWAS to good governance and strengthen the role of ERERA as an institution for harmonising regulations, policies and practices of the electricity sector.
It will also contribute to the capacity building of electricity market players, and operators of the electricity industry in ECOWAS member states, as well as serve as a platform for promoting cooperation, exchange of information and sharing of expertise, among other benefits.
Major stakeholders expected to participate in the forum include representatives of the ministries in charge of energy, national regulatory authorities, utility companies, parliamentarians, academics, researchers, consumer groups, and regional and international financial institutions, as well as development partners.
To ensure a successful hosting of the first post-pandemic forum, ERERA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) on August 31, 2022, in Banjul, during a working visit of ERERA’s delegation led by its chairman, Mr Laurent Tossou, with ERERA’s Regulatory Council Member, Dr Haliru Dikko and Senior Legal Expert, Mr Oumar Bangoura.