RES4Africa Foundation, UNECA and GSE Conclude High-Level Training on Electricity Market Design in Nairobi

Nairobi, Kenya – 7th June 2024 – RES4Africa Foundation and The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), in collaboration with Gestore dei Servizi Energetici (GSE) successfully concluded a High-Level Policy and Regulatory Training on Electricity Market Design from 5th to 7th June 2024 at the Sarova Stanley in Nairobi, Kenya. 

The training is part of the broader initiative Advancing Africa’s Electricity Reform Agenda: Towards Increased Private Sector Participation in Clean Energy Infrastructure. This initiative builds on the successful regulatory work conducted by UNECA and RES4Africa since 2019. Over the past four years, the project assessed the electricity policy and regulatory frameworks in 16 African countries, providing evidence-based recommendations to enhance regulatory openness, attractiveness, and readiness for private sector investments. 

Within this framework, Kenya has  been selected as key focus country for this phase. Indeed, Kenya’s advanced regulatory framework and successful public-private partnerships position it as a frontrunner in Africa's energy sector reform.   

“At RES4Africa, we believe that the future of Africa’s energy lies in the hands of a well-informed and empowered community of policymakers, regulators, and industry leaders. This high-level training represents a pivotal step towards creating an enabling environment for private sector investments in the clean energy sector. By collaborating closely with UNECA, GSE and other partners, we aim to drive the energy transition across the continent, ensuring sustainable, reliable, and affordable electricity for all" stated Roberto Vigotti, Secretary General at RES4Africa Foundation.  

Furthermore, Alberto Biancardi, Director of Studies, Monitoring and International Relations at GSE said “GSE is pleased to work together with RES4Africa and UNECA in furthering the energy transition and is eager to continue supporting the creation of opportunities for building capacities to design the most effective ways of tackling persistent challenges and taking advantage of the wealth of opportunities on the continent.”   

Robert Lisinge, the Acting Director of the Technology, Innovation, Connectivity and Infrastructure Division (TICID) highlighted that "de-risking investment, especially in an environment where the continent attracts a fraction of the global energy investments calls for a serious look at the policy and regulatory system and addressing pressing regulatory constraints, and in some cases regulatory absence to provide clarity to investors. The Division's energy regulation and investment program Is aimed at bridging this barrier by supporting member States In their effort to advance regulation and de-risking their markets." Similarly, Yohannes Hailu, Energy Policy Expert with the TICID highlighted that “enabling greater private sector investment and participation in Africa’s electricity markets, through policy and regulatory enhancements, plays a crucial role in ensuring sustainable financing for the sector. In this regard, Kenya's effort to address bulk electricity supply and open access regulation ensures not only broader openness of the electricity market to private investment, it will also serve as a regulatory best practice to Inspire similar Initiatives In the continent."  

This training was made possible thanks to the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and that of Enel Foundation as knowledge partner. RES4AFRICA, UNECA and GSE also acknowledge the invaluable contribution of AFRY Management Consulting and Grupo Mercados Energéticos Consultores (GME), who played a pivotal role in shaping the capacity-building programs and enhancing the knowledge and skills of participants. By combining expertise, resources, and networks, we remain committed to making a lasting impact on Africa's energy landscape. 

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