Africa Power Utilities Association AGM launched

The 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA), to be hosted by Ghana, has been launched in Accra.

To be held between  July 12 and 15 here in Accra, the AGM, the 50th edition, is to be attended by the 54 member institutions across 43 countries on the continent.

It will be co-hosted by the Volta River Authority (VRA), the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) and the Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo)

On the theme “Energy Development Through Customer Management, Revenue Collection and Energy Efficiency” the meeting seeks to address challenges relating to access to electricity in member states and the continent as a whole.

Other activities accompanying the four-day gathering include a Scientific Forum, an Executive Committee Meeting among others.

The association, founded in 1970, initially known as Union of Producers, Transporters and Distributors of Electric Power in Africa (UPDEA), the first African continental group of power utilities, was renamed APUA in 2012 as part of its strategy to reflect a new direction which is more result oriented.

Launching the AGM on Thursday, Chief Executive Officer of the VRA, Mr. Kirk Koffi, said the meeting offers member institutions the opportunity to redirect their strategies that will help them deal with the challenges the power sector on the continent has been faced with.

According to him “APUA exists to promote the development and integration of the African power systems through interconnection of networks, exchange of experiences and know-how as well as the pooling of energy resources in a win-win approach for all members.”

To this end, Mr. Koffi, who is the Vice President of APUA, said the association had worked towards the promotion of renewable energies and energy efficiency as well as rural electrification, promotion of interconnection of grids between countries through the coordination of the forum of African Regional Power Pools.

He said the theme for the meeting was more relevant, appropriate and reflects on “some of the challenges confronting our utilities.”

Mr. Koffi urged participants to give their all in making useful suggestions that would help them in the power utilities sector to achieve their set goals.

Mr. Abel Didier Tella, the Director General of the APUA, said as the world became a global village, it had become more necessary to collaborate to deliver a more efficient service to their clients across their member states.

As part of the long term plan to have personnel to manage the power sector in the coming years, the APUA has established a school from where many engineers on the continent have been trained to live up to the challenges in the power sector.

He called on members to put in more efforts by diversifying the energy sector which was facing challenges in almost all member states to make power more reliable, sustainable and affordable for clients.

 By Julius Yao Petetsi & Aba Asamoah    

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