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Africa Energy Information System
11 August 2003

Dr Chris J Cooper
Johannesburg, South Africa

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Energy is a critical component of any economy. The lack of energy to fuel the economic engine results in limitations to growth prospects. An understanding of the supply and demand of energy is essential for any policy maker, or investor. This has been recognised by the authors of the initial list of Nepad projects where the creation of an Africa Energy Information System is noted as being an urgent issue, and is one of three energy capacity building projects.

Experience gained with the World Energy Council (WEC) and with a SADC project has highlighted the need for appropriate training of energy statisticians and analysts so that they can fulfil their assignment to compile national energy data. This too is included in the Nepad energy capacity building projects where energy training is a noted project. The WEC has worked on developing a training proposal for energy statisticians, but funding has been a challenge. Some shortcomings have been identified through the SADC project. Thus a more complete proposal needs to be considered if Africa is to reap the full benefits.

This proposal merges these two Nepad projects, and, in fact, ties into a third (the effective functioning of AFREC), in a holistic way to provide both training and energy information. In essence energy statisticians need to be trained to collect and analyse national energy data, and they need to provide that data to a continental information system. The two components will provide the best results if there is coordination between the implementation teams.

In many ways training and the subsequent collection and analysis of data is essential for the functioning of other Nepad energy projects. Without information how can the decision-makers be certain they are channelling scarce resources into projects with the greatest potential for economic success? Thus suitable training and an information system need to be urgently pursued.

We have, through the WEC network, personal contacts in about 20 African countries who can help identify suitable trainers and venues. In addition the International Energy Agency is prepared to provide support with the data collection and analysis initiative. What is required are a dynamic management team, support from governments and financial resources.

An outline of an energy information system and training project is provided as an Annex to this summary, although a more detailed project plan must be developed before implementation can be possible.

Dr CJ Cooper
Johannesburg, August 2003.

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