The West African Power Pool held its 12th General Assembly in Accra Ghana from October 30th to November 3rd, 2017. The programme themed “Regional Electricity Market: Ensuring West African Integration” witnessed a convergence of Heads of Power Utilities from fourteen (14) member states of the pool and Donor Agencies.
The meeting looked at various issues including access to electricity by citizens of West Africa, enhanced regional integration, improving the financial viability of electric utilities and establishment of a functional regional electricity by the last quarter of 2019 among others.
In his address, the Chairman of WAPP, Usman Gur Mohammed stated that lack of electricity supply is directly related to poverty, noting that utilities in member states can reduce poverty in West Africa by working hard individually and collectively under the umbrella of WAPP, to increase access to power. According to him, the implementation of priority interconnection and generation projects still remains a major thrust of WAPP focus and strategy.
He informed that WAPP is working with the World Bank to provide securitization in the form of Partial Risk Guarantee in order to strengthen the cross border electricity transactions but that this cannot be successful without member countries providing cost reflective tariffs and well-functioning distribution networks.
Created by Decision A/DEC.5/12/99 of the Heads of State and Government with the aim of addressing power supply deficit in the West African Sub-region. The 29th Summit of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS Member States held in Niamey in January 2006 adopted the Articles of Agreement of WAPP and granted it a Secretariat and the status of a specialized institution of ECOWAS.