A four-day workshop to help strengthen the capacity of communication specialists of National Electricity Regulatory Authorities, NRA, in ECOWAS Member States was held recently in Aburi, near Accra, Ghana.
Addressing the participants at the opening of the workshop, ERERA Chairman, Professor Honoré Bogler, stated that the workshop was meant to sensitize participants and raise their awareness towards the launch of the second phase of the regional power market. Initially planned for 2021, he said the launch has now been postponed to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Professor Bogler described the communication specialists as partners and expressed confidence that the workshop would greatly prepare them on their information dissemination function on the regional electricity market.
The workshop was attended by the ERERA Council Members, ERERA professional staff and Communication specialists from the National Electricity Regulatory Authorities of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, The Gambia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.
Presentations at the workshop were on the rationale for the creation of the Regional Electricity Market, challenges of the transmission and distribution assets and infrastructure, the importance of transmission capacity and methods of allocation of transmission capacity to market participants and dispute resolution mechanism designed for proper functioning of the Regional Electricity Market.
The participants resolved with a renewed commitment towards achieving the objectives of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Market, which was launched in June 2018 in Cotonou, Benin.