Energy experts from Eastern and Southern Africa including Indian
Ocean region are set to meet in Nairobi from Monday to seek ways
of enhancing energy market sustainability, organizers said on
The four-day meeting organized by
Africa’s largest trading bloc, the Common Market for Eastern and
Southern Africa (COMESA) will review progress on the
implementation of the project’s first-year work program
(2017-2018) and adopt the work plan and budget for the second
The meeting comes as five regional
economic communities have begun implementing a new project on
enhancing energy market sustainability.
The Enhancement of a Sustainable
Energy Market in Eastern Africa, Southern Africa and Indian
Ocean (EA-SA-IO) region (ESREM) is a 7 million euros project
funded by the European Union.
“The overall objective of the project
is to create a regional energy market that is conducive to
investment and sustainable energy development,” COMESA said in a
statement issued in Nairobi.
“ESREM is a 7 million euros project
funded by the EU to address market governance and regulatory
related challenges affecting the implementation of energy
development projects in the region,” it said.
The project will run for four years
since the signing of the grant delegation agreement with COMESA
in May 2017.
Members of the Project Steering
Committee that will meet in Nairobi comprise of energy experts
from five participating regional economic communities (RECs) -
COMESA, the East African Community (EAC,) Intergovernmental
Authority on Development (IGAD), the Southern Africa Development
Community (SADC) and the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC).
Others are the regional associations
of energy regulators, the Regional Power Pools, Renewable Energy
and Energy Efficiency Centres and the European Union Delegations
to the three sub-regions.
According to the bloc, prior to the
energy experts meeting, an awareness training for regional
journalists and communication experts from the participating
organizations will be conducted on Monday as part of the
project’s communication and visibility strategy.
“Communication experts from the RECs,
ministries of energy, energy associations and power pools will
participate in the one-day training and visit a renewable energy
project. Journalists from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and
Burundi will also attend the training,” it said.