Energy leaders gather in Ghana to drive momentum within energy sector

ghanaMore than fifteen energy leaders from the Ministry of Power, Ministry of Energy, ECOWAS, and the Volta River Authority (VRA) attended an event chaired by Professor Akabzaa, Honorary Chair of the World Energy Council Ghanaian member committee. Sophie Rose, Manager Member Services & Head of the Future Leaders Programme, gave a presentation about the Council, FEL programme and World Energy Academy, which generated a lot of interest with many of the stakeholders requesting information on how they could participate in the Academy.

Fruitful discussions were also had by the core team of the Ghanaian member committee, in a separate meeting. Participants included Mr Addy, MC Secretary, five young professionals including a FEL-100 and 3 people from Volta River Authority, as well as Mr Kalitsi and Mr Negbegble formerly part of the MC leadership.

They discussed the main challenges faced by the MC in particular; the potential for a new structure the MC could take. It was agreed that the ideal solution would be to have the Energy Commission hosting the MC, with support of the Petroleum Commission and VRA, as well as the involvement of the Institute of Engineers.

The group also discussed the MC’s participation at the 23rd World Energy Congress, the potential for new MC activities as well as how to involve young professionals more within the committee, who are very keen to get involved.

In addition to the invitation already sent to the Minister of Petroleum, the committee are currently in the process of preparing Congress invitations to the Minister for Power, Energy Commission and VRA.

William Horsu, from the Ghanaian member committee, who will be attending Congress, said: “Being part of the 23rd World Energy congress will be an opportunity to bring national multi-stakeholders in the energy sector together to accelerate access to modern energy services.

“Through research, exhibitions and knowledge sharing platforms, stakeholders can learn from each other. We would also be able to establish a platform for Business to Business partnerships that can attract investment into the energy sector in Ghana and establish potential public private partnership for scale up of energy projects. I hope to engage the international community in promoting access to modern, affordable and efficient energy solutions to households and small enterprises in Ghana as this is essential for sustainable development.”