Gambia to host first ECOWAS ROGEP forum

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Preparations are underway for the ECOWAS Regional off-Grid Electrification Project (ROGEP) forum slated to take place in Banjul, The Gambia on Wednesday 6 December 2017, at the Kairaba Beach Hotel. The workshop is jointly organised by the ECOWAS Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the Ministry of Energy of The Gambia.

The workshop seeks to create awareness and share information on ROGEP with national stakeholders. ROGEP was designed by the World Bank and ECREEE to increase access to sustainable electricity services in the ECOWAS region especially for households, commercial enterprises and public facilities.

The project aims to provide technical assistance in improving off-grid market ecosystem, support financial service providers to electrify households and commercial enterprises and support service providers to electrify public institutions.

According to experts, two national workshops will be held in each ECOWAS member country including four Sahel countries. The first workshop will set the tone for the implementation of the preparatory phase of ROGEP, and the second one to be held next year will highlight the results of the preparatory phase of the ROGEP and discuss the way forward.

The Gambia is one of the ECOWAS countries, with low electrification rates with only 5% in rural areas. To reverse this trend, the country is making sector reforms in order to improve energy security and access to modern energy services by promoting the use of renewable energy and energy-efficiency technologies.

The Banjul conclave will discuss the situation of standalone solar systems,(solar home systems, Pico solar systems, productive uses of energy and the electrification of public institutions in the country). The forum will brainstorm on viable business and financing models and existing barriers to private investment in the electrification of public institutions.  Delegates will also dilate on the different roles of key stakeholders and how to enhance collaboration for an improved business environment.

The forum is expected to bring together participants from the   public and private sectors, financial institutions, development partners, donor agencies, civil society organizations, NGOs and the media.

The Gambia ROGEP national workshop is part of series of similar forums to be held in all the 15 ECOWAS member states and 4 Sahel countries under the theme: Promoting Private investment in the Standalone Solar Systems in West Africa and Sahel. Several ECOWAS member countries already benefited from the workshop