Following the successful first training series in March, Burundi recently concluded a second training for energy sector stakeholders on public-private partnerships (PPPs). Opened by the Ministry of Hydraulics, Energy, and Mines (MINHEM), the three-day training was jointly delivered by GET.invest and GET.transform, with support from the Delegation of the European Union to Burundi and the EU’s Global Technical Assistance Facility for Sustainable Energy (EU GTAF).
Participants included delegates from the energy ministry, as well as from key organisations like REGIDESO (the public utility), ACRP (the agency responsible for PPPs), ABER (the Burundi agency for rural electrification), and AREEN (the regulatory authority).
The primary objective of this second series was to delve deeper into the intricacies of PPP contracts, equipping participants with comprehensive knowledge in technical, financial, and legal aspects to navigate future challenges effectively.
The technical component saw participants meticulously crafting electricity demand curves for mini-grids and gaining hands-on experience in creating basic technical designs for power stations and distribution grids. On the second day, participants delved into the structure and content of financial models, before the training ultimately centered on the legal dimensions of PPP contracts. This segment provided a comprehensive overview of the various PPP types as per Burundian legislation, elucidating the distinct roles and responsibilities of both the private and public sectors involved.