Advancing Regulation: The Peer Review and Learning Network Meets in Ghana

African regulators come together for a PRLN Meeting hosted by PURC in Accra
Delegates from African electricity regulatory authorities at the Third Meeting of the Peer Review and Learning Network (PRLN) in Accra, Ghana in April 2023.
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For a third time, the Peer Review and Learning Network (PRLN) brought African electricity regulators together to exchange on common challenges and best practice solutions. The April meeting was hosted by Ghana’s regulator, the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC), who welcomed the regulatory authorities from Kenya (EPRA), Namibia (ECB), South Africa (NERSA) and Uganda (ERA). The founding member countries also include Mozambique with its regulator ARENE.

PRLN is a three-year initiative facilitated by the University of Cape Town’s Power Futures Lab in partnership with GET.transform. It aims to strengthen regulatory capacity and feeds into the African Union’s efforts to harmonise regulatory frameworks on the continent and prepare ground for the African Electricity Single Market (AfSEM).

The participating countries take turns in being the host and focus of the peer analysis. Over the course of a week, the CEOs of the regulatory authorities engage in a review of the energy sector and interview major stakeholders. In Ghana, the participants were able to meet with the Ministry of Energy, the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI); Trades Union Congress (TUC); Ghana National Chamber of Commerce; Ghana Chamber of Mines as well as power generators, transmitters and distributors.

The joint review and discussions unlock best practices for all the participating countries, thus helping to enhance regulatory governance and performance as well as regulatory substance and impacts.

Regulatory CEOs and the Power Futures Lab team in discussion at the Third PRLN Meeting in Accra, Ghana.
Delegates convening at the Third Meeting of the PRLN in Accra, Ghana in April 2023