“Sustainable Energy for All” Initiative (SE4ALL): West Africa on the move
In partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Economic Community of West African States Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) on March 24 and 25 organized a workshop at the AfDB Headquarters in Abidjan, on monitoring the preparation of national action plans for renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as those for the "Sustainable Energy for All" Initiative (SE4ALL).
The meeting was a follow-up to the regional workshop organized about one year ago in Abidjan, which launched the preparation of these national action plans for renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as for those for SE4ALL. The objective of the meeting was to analyze the progress made by each country in the area, build the capacity of participants in the preparation of scenarios and their goals, and create a technical support platform that facilitates working together to prepare quality action plans for the energy sector.
The event brought together officials of the energy sector of ECOWAS Member States, SE4ALL national focal points, respective consultants of each member state of the Initiative, as well as many international partners. Alex Rugamba, Director of the AfDB Energy, Environment and Climate Change Department, opened the workshop, alongside Koffi N'dri, representative of the Minister of Petroleum and Energy of Côte d'Ivoire, and the representative of Hyacinth Elayo of ECREEE. Rugamba said: "SE4ALL Initiative is important for Africa to continue on the path to renewable energy and energy efficiency." Furthermore, he insisted that: "Ensuring access for all to reliable, sustainable and affordable modern energy services is the seventh sustainable development goal from 2015 to 2030".
The meeting was an opportunity to facilitate regional exchange and cooperation between states on the preparation of action plans, as well as advise them on the preparation of their respective action agendas for SE4ALL, taking into account the latest developments. Indeed, the results of the SE4ALL workshop organized by the Africa Hub in January 2015 on the progress made by African countries were communicated to ECOWAS member states, particularly with regard to quality assurance for SE4ALL action agendas, investment prospectus, and monitoring of investment plans. The SE4ALL action agenda is a national document with three related objectives: universal access to energy, doubling the share of renewable energy, and doubling the global improvement rate of energy efficiency.
The SE4ALL Africa Hub, which supported the workshop, is hosted by the AfDB Energy, Environment and Climate Change Department, in partnership with the African Union Commission, the NEPAD Planning Agency, and UNDP.