European energy regulators sign MOU with Eastern and Southern Africa energy regulators
Brussels/Lusaka, 29 January 2019
The Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER)1 and the Regional Association of Energy Regulators for Eastern and Southern Africa (RAERESA)2 have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that establishes a 3-year collaboration between European and Eastern/Southern African energy regulators, which will be facilitated by COMESA3. The newly-elected President of CEER, Dr Annegret Groebel, and RAERESA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Mohamedain E. Self Elnasr, signed the MoU on 24 January 2019.
The aim of this CEER-RAERESA collaboration is primarily to facilitate capacity building in the Eastern Africa, Southern Africa and Indian Ocean Region (EA-SA-IO) through the spreading of best practice energy regulation. This will be achieved by short-term capacity-building activities including peer-to-peer training or on-site visits by European energy regulators to the EA-SA-IO region and study visits from African regulators to Europe. The programme is financed by the European Union’s 11th European Development Fund (EDF) Action Programme.
“CEER is delighted to both assist and learn from colleagues in Africa, sharing the expertise and knowledge in energy regulation across continents”, said Dr Annegret Groebel, CEER President.
“We are looking forward to putting the programme in place and achieving a harmonised, efficient and gender-sensitive regulatory environment in the EA-SA-IO region”, added Dr Mohamedain E. Self Elnasr, Chief Executive Officer, RAERESA.
The primary areas of the cooperation shall include:
- Exchange of knowledge and experience in regional regulatory institutional organisation and mandate;
- Exchange of knowledge and experience in enhancement of sustainable and competitive regional energy markets;
- Technical support to facilitate the development of regulations and guidelines for power trading, market rules and monitoring;
- Exchange of knowledge and experience on good practices for transparency, governance and consumer protection.
The first activity, training course, is expected to take place in early 2019.
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