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ECOWAS-Energy Charter Regional Energy Governance Forum and Training Programme

From 15-25 November the ECOWAS-Energy Charter Regional Energy Governance Forum takes place in Contonou (Benin) and is hosted by H.E. the Minister of Energy and Petroleum of Benin.

The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the European Union (EU) work together on many collaborative objectives in their joint pursuit of sustainable development. One key area in which ECOWAS and the EU are collaborating is energy sector governance, at both regional and West Africa national levels. One of the practical instruments available to ECOWAS and the EU to jointly improve energy governance in West Africa is the AGoSE technical assistance project, which is funded by the EU and implemented by ECOWAS with the support of a range of partners.

AGoSE provides ECOWAS Member States (MS) with a wide range of tools and capacity building activities aiming to achieve multiple policy objectives, including the harmonization of regulatory frameworks, reginal integration, improving the investment climate, promoting energy access, supporting the transition to clean and sustainable energy economies and implementing energy efficiency.

The Energy Charter Secretariat has been supporting ECOWAS under the AGoSE program since the spring of 2019, as part of the formal cooperation between the Secretariat and the ECOWAS Energy Commission. The Secretariat has provided support to ECOWAS MS through a range of technical assistance activities, including knowledge workshops in the region and the hosting of ECOWAS MS officials in Brussels through the Secretariat’s secondment program. Bearing in mind the ongoing cooperation, the Secretariat will provide further support to ECOWAS MS in November 2021 by co-hosting the ECOWAS-Energy Charter Regional Energy Governance Forum and Training Program. This in-person capacity building activity will take place in Cotonou, Benin, from 15-25 November 2021 and will be hosted by the government of the Republic of Benin.

For more information, please see the agenda below.