On February 18, 2016, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub formally handed over the new regulatory training curriculum it has developed over the past few months to the Regional Electricity Regulators Association of Southern Africa (RERA) during a ceremony hosted by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA).
Developing a transparent, robust, and predictable energy regulatory regime in Southern Africa is critical to increasing electricity generation and expanding access to power by attracting Independent Power Producer investment to the sector. An increase in the electricity generation capacity of Independent Power Producers will contribute to improved security of supply, climate change mitigation, economic growth, trade competitiveness, poverty reduction, and food security within the region.
Across Southern Africa, regulatory board members and commissioners change regularly, new sector regulators are being established, and existing regulators continue to expand their scope to meet increased energy market demands. Recognizing the growing need for a contemporary, modular training curriculum, the Trade Hub partnered with RERA to develop a framework for the successful delivery of continuing education and capacity building to regulatory boards, commissioners, and other technical staff in the region.
“The ongoing institutional development of [RERA] members is crucial for efficient, effective, and consistent formulation of energy policy, regulation, and management in line with international best practices across Southern Africa,” noted RERA Chairperson Gloria Magombo during the handover ceremony.
Photo: Laird Treiber, US Embassy to South Africa Counselor for Economic Affairs, hands over the USAID-supported training curricula to Gloria Magombo, Chairperson of the Regional Electricity Regulators Association (RERA)