ECOWAS asks for “Energy for all“ in post-2015 agenda


    The “Energy for all“ objective should be one of the development goals in the post-2015 agenda, the representatives of the 15 Economic Community Of West African states (ECOWAS) at the 10th session of the ACP-EU Regional Joint Parliamentary Assembly – held in Abuja (Nigeria) on 17-19 July – concluded. 

    Despite the high percentage (70%) of population without access to energy for daily needs, the West African energy sector is considered as one with great potential. Therefore, governments in West Africa were advised to develop appropriate energy policies and legal frameworks that can attract private- public partnerships. In this respect, Europe is seen as an important partner.

    On 17-19 July, the West African region of the ACP Group hosted the 10th session of the ACP-EU regional Joint Parliamentary Assembly, bringing together parliamentarians from the 15 ECOWAS states and counterparts from the European Parliament to discuss key trade and development issues faced by the region. Dialogue focused on the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA), energy resources and development, climate change, youth unemployment, fishing industry development, terrorism and piracy, and women’s empowerment.