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Regulation and Energy Development in Africa

December 4, 2023 @ 10:30 am 11:30 am

About the Event​

This session on “Regulation and Energy Development in Africa” will show how appropriate adaptation of international regulatory best practices to the African context, as well as innovative regulatory approaches, can significantly improve the performance of the energy sector in some critical areas: regional power trading, financial viability of distribution companies, sustainable and scalable off-grid electrification solutions, overall supply and demand efficiency improvements, investment in renewable generation, and socially beneficial deployment of distributed energy resources, all with a positive impact on climate change mitigation and adaptation. More specifically:

  • Regulation can facilitate investment in cross-border transmission interconnections, increase
    and improve the efficiency of electricity trading and enable the African Single Electricity
    Market (AfSEM).
  • Regulation can turn bankrupt distribution companies – or the distribution segment within
    vertically integrated utilities – into financially viable companies with satisfactory performance.
  • Regulation can help kick-start the necessary mass deployment of mini-grids and off-grid solar
    systems by ensuring that business models are sustainable and scalable.
  • Regulation can introduce measures to improve efficiency across the energy sector, both on
    the supply and demand side.
  • Regulation can increase the appetite for investment in renewable generation in Africa – both
    utility-scale and off-grid solutions – by streamlining permitting and contracting processes and
    removing existing regulatory barriers.
  • Regulation can guide the deployment of socially beneficial distributed energy resources
    embedded in the main grid that meet the interests of individual owners – better reliability,
    lower costs, independence – while also being socially beneficial.


Moderator of the panel: Prof Ignacio Pérez-Arriaga:  Interim Director, African School of Regulation

  • Mamadou Biteye, Executive Secretary, African Capacity Building Foundation.
  • Hon. Herbert Krapa, Republic of Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Energy.
  • Ije Ikoku Okeke, Managing Director of Global South Program, Rocky Mountain Institute.
  • Gillian-Alexandre Huart, CEO, Engie Energy Access.
  • Rashid Abdallah, Executive Secretary, Africa Energy Commission, AFREC.
  • Lily Odarno, Director of CATF’s Energy and Climate Innovation Program.
  • Naomi Wagura, Director of Country Programs, Global Alliance for the People and the Planet (GEAPP).


COP28, UNFCCC -Blue Zone, at the Zero Carbon Future Pavilion powered by CATF, Thematic Arena 3, First Floor, pavilion number 235. 

Program of the session

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