Niger Sets To Welcome Participants To ERERA’s Regulatory Forum


The eighth Regional Electricity Regulatory Forum of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA) will take place from July 19 to 20, 2023 in Niamey, Niger, with “Building Competitive Electricity Markets: Regulatory Imperatives in the Current Global Context” as its theme.

This edition of the forum is significant as it is Niger’s first hosting of ERERA’s forum, which coincides with the institution’s 15 years of development of the regional electricity market.

The flagship event which will be held under the auspices of the Prime Minister of Niger, Mr. Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou, is a platform for discussions among regulators and all stakeholders in the electricity sector in West Africa on current issues concerning energy security and the electricity market in West Africa.

The forum will feature presentations on the journey through the construction of the West African electricity market, taking into account the evolution of ERERA and the West African Power Pool (WAPP).

In this regard, the role and expectations of key stakeholders and actors in the development of the Regional Electricity Market will be considered.

Presentations will also focus best practices on policies and reforms for opening electricity markets to competition; the role of the regulator in attracting investment in energy infrastructure regulation and financial viability of the electricity market, including challenges faced by regulators in implementing reforms for the viability and attractiveness of power markets.

The forum will also hold discussions on the mandate, power and independence of the regulator in the context of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Market.

Participants will be expected to generate fresh ideas, innovations, and strategies to address the challenges of energy security for West Africa as the forum will also contribute to capacity building of market players and operators of the electricity industry in ECOWAS Member States.

The eighth forum is also expected to provide an opportunity to reaffirm the commitment of ECOWAS to good governance and strengthen the role of ERERA as an institution for the harmonization of regulations, policies and practices of the electricity sector.

Generally, ERERA forums bring together representatives of the Ministries in charge of Energy and Finance, national regulatory authorities, utility companies, parliamentarians, academics, researchers, consumer groups, civil society organizations, banks, regional and international development partners, to share ideas and discuss issues related to chosen themes for the forums and the development of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Market.