17 December 2013, Abidjan – ECOWAS Commission President Kadre Ouedraogo has assured citizens of West African countries benefiting from the 108 million dollars regional emergency energy programme that they would experience “significant improvements” in power supply by 2014.
Ouedraogo gave the assurance while speaking in Abidjan, during the signing ceremony for the grants to three ECOWAS beneficiary countries, The Gambia, Mali and Sierra Leone.
“Mali will get 54.32 million dollars; followed by The Gambia with 31.8 million dollars and Sierra Leone 21.8 million dollars and the grants would be disbursed in two tranches over 12 months,’’ he said.
Ouedraogo said that persisting energy deficit which became more acute in the last 10 years, had impacted negatively on the region’s competitiveness, productivity and economic growth.
The three countries are the latest beneficiaries of the regional programme based on requests by the states, and it is aimed at enabling them to rehabilitate some of their generation infrastructure and network.
It is also aimed at build capacity, install pre-payment metres and develop an improved mechanism for coordination and monitoring of their energy utilities.
Guinea Bissau and Guinea were the first beneficiaries under the programme which was launched in 2010.