MRU Energy Ministers Meet in Abidjan -To Discuss Regional Electricity Issues

Four Ministers of Energy from the Mano River Union (MRU), comprising, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire are meeting in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire at the high-level 3rd meeting of the Steering Committee of the Côte d’Ivoire-Liberia-Sierra Leone-Guinea interconnection project to discuss on regional electricity issues that will enhance the availability of electricity in the region. The meeting, organized by the West African Electric Exchange System (WAPP), will take place at the Sofitel Abidjan Hotel Ivoire on Friday, August 12, 2022.

According to a press release from Transco CLSG and signed by Sidiki Trawallay, Communication Director, the Ivorian Minister of Mines, Petroleum and Energy, Mr. Mamadou Sangafowa-Coulibaly, will receive his counterparts including Mr. Gesler Murray, Minister of Mines and Energy of Liberia, Alhaji Kanja Sesay, Minister of Energy of Sierra Leone and Mr. Ibrahima Abé Sylla, Minister of Energy, Hydroelectricity and Hydrocarbons of Guinea.

The release further said Liberia’s Energy Minister Gesler Murray, will chair the event where participants will also include the Secretary General of WAPP, Apollinaire Siengui KI, the Chairman and members of the Board of Directors of TRANSCO CLSG as well as the Directors of national electricity companies, including CI-ENERGIES of Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) of Liberia, Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA) of Sierra Leone and Electricité de Guinée (EDG) of Guinea.

It also said that in preparation for the Steering Committee meeting, the 4th meeting of the Implementation Committee will be held in Abidjan for two days, beginning Wednesday, August 10th at the Movenpick Hotel. The Committee will deliberate in particular on the adoption of TRANSCO’s updated business plan for 2022-2026, the proposed energy transmission tariff for 2022, the annual work program and the budget for 2022.

“Key statements will be delivered by the Chairman of the Steering Committee, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of TRANSCO CLSG and the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif, who will provide an update on the status of the project implementation and measures that have been taken to address the current sustainability challenges of TRANSCO CLSG and is expected to make recommendations to the Steering Committee for approval”, the release concluded.

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