RES4Africa and UNECA Host Executive Seminar on Policy and Regulatory Reforms for Energy Access in Dakar

RES4Africa Foundation and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) are pleased to announce the organisation of the Executive Seminar Promoting the Openness, Attractiveness, and Readiness of Electricity Markets through Policy and Regulatory Reforms. This event will take place on 11-12 October at the Africa Institute for Sustainable Development (IDEP) in Dakar, Senegal.

Given the African Union's Agenda 2063 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7 to ensure universal, reliable, and sustainable energy for all by 2030, closing the access gap for nearly half of Africa's population is a key priority. Achieving this will require significant investments in electricity infrastructure. Designing and implementing effective policy and regulatory frameworks is critical to attract private investments and provide the necessary financing for sustainable infrastructure development.

This seminar, which is the result of a long-term partnership between RES4Africa and UNECA and was made possible with the help of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), will contribute towards advancing the goals of Agenda 2063 and SDG-7 by fostering discussions on policy and regulatory frameworks that can attract private investments in African electricity markets. The event will be a unique occasion to bring together the representatives of the national regulators of African countries to discuss how to advance the electricity sector reform agenda and the pathway to accelerate private sector investment in sustainable infrastructure development.

The training will also see the official launch of the R.O.A.R. software designed to assess national policies and regulations in their preparedness to crowd-in private sector participation. R.O.A.R. has been developed in collaboration with AFRY, is a major output of RES4Africa's Missing Link programme, supported by the Enel Foundation as a knowledge partner. The seminar also includes sessions on planning regulatory reforms, exploring the impact of private sector participation in electricity infrastructure development, addressing key policy and regulatory issues, enhancing the capacity of policymakers in the power sector, and facilitating better dialogue between the public and private sectors.

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