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The Regional Association of Energy Regulators for Eastern and Southern Africa (RAERESA) was officially launched in 2009 and came officially into existence by signing of its constitution by seven energy regulators from COMESA countries, namely Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Rwanda and Sudan. Uganda joined RAERESA in 2013 and Seychelles and Zimbabwe joined in 2015. This brings the total number of the countries with full membership status to ten (10) out of the 14 countries which have so far established their energy regulators. Burundi, Mauritius, Swaziland and Zambia have observer status.

The other five COMESA countries which have not yet established energy regulators but they are in the process of establishing their regulators are Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Djibouti and Libya. They are associate members of RAERESA.

The main objectives of RAERESA are to:

  1. assist in the capacity building and information sharing
  2. facilitate energy supply policy, legislation and regulations
  3. inter-regional cooperation
  4. regional energy regulatory co-operation

RAERESA is key element and one of the arms of the COMESDA energy programme whose main thrust is to promote regional cooperation in energy development, trade and capacity building. The intention of the programme is to facilitate development of regional energy infrastructure and trade in energy. Moreover, policy and regulatory harmonization is key component of COMESA energy programme.

Key achievements of the COMESA/RAERESA include the following:

  1. development of baseline renewable energy database and the way forward for the COMESA region in
  2. feed-in-tariff (FIT)
  3. power purchasing agreement (PPA)
  4. public private partnership (PPP)
  5. Joint development of projects
  6. regulatory framework off-grid electrification
  7. effective regulatory regimes as a requirement for renewable energy development
  8. report on the status of accessibility and affordability of electricity in the COMESA region prepared by Egypt
  9. report on electricity regulatory status in the COMESA region prepared by Egypt
  10. report on the status of accessibility and affordability of oil and gas in the COMESA region prepared by Rwanda
  11. report on the status of the energy efficiency and environment in the electricity sector in the COMESA region prepared by Sudan.

Contact Person

Mohamedain E. Seif Elnasr (Ph. D.)
Chief Executive Officer ad.interim
Regional Association of Energy Regulators
for Eastern and Southern Africa (RAERESA)
Ben Bella Road, P.O. Box 30051, Lusaka, Zambia
Phone: +260 211 229725/32 – Ext 7378
Fax: +260 211 225107
Mobile: +260 – 977 – 456204
Website: http://www.comesa.int

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