COMESA has recently embarked on an Energy Programme whose main thrust is to promote regional cooperation in energy development, trade and capacity building.
The programme is intended to harmonize energy policy and regulatory frameworks through preparation of model policy and regulatory guidelines for the energy; and also establishment of a Regional Association of Energy Regulators for Eastern and Southern Africa.
The programme is also intended to facilitate trade in energy services through development of harmonized standards. Moreover, the programme is intended to develop regional energy infrastructure through development of medium to long-term energy master plan. The main areas in power are in generation and transmission to facilitate electric power trade and cross-border trade in electricity in order to narrow down the high discrepancies in the prices of electricity in various countries in the region.