10.16.2014

Accessing Modern Energy: ECCAS, CEMAC Fine-tune Regional Policy

By Godlove BAINKONG, Cameroon Tribune
hiltonExperts began meeting in Yaounde on Tuesday October 14, 2015 ahead of the Minister’s confab on October 17.
High-level energy experts from the ten member countries of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) are currently seeking ways of federating their efforts to maximize
enormous energy potentials which it has in view of providing the population with modern energy.

They began meeting in Yaounde yesterday October 14 to finalise a regional policy code-named, “ECCAS & CEMAC White Paper: Regional policy for universal access to modern energy services and economic and social development,” for its eventual endorsement by the Ministers of Energy of the sub region when they converge on Yaounde next Friday October 17. The document drafted thanks to an initiative of ECCAS and CEMAC with technical and financial support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has strategies to provide electricity to an additional 63 million people between 2014-2030.
Successive speakers at the opening ceremony yesterday chaired by the Inspector General in the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, Ngadeu Molapie Hugues, said the sub region boasts of one of the best energy potentials on the continent but owing to ill-adapted policies, access to modern energy still remains far-fetched. It emerged from discussions that ECCAS and CEMAC zones alone possess 57 per cent; more than half of Africa’s hydropower potentials, yet electricity sector remains characterized by limited installed capacity and interconnections within and between regions, inadequate access rate and quality of service below international standards. “This situation is mainly due to the fact that infrastructures do not respond to the current needs or development of the potentials of the region,” they agreed.>>>

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