After a few months of productive work of the USAID grant partners, the Resource Center for Energy Economics and Regulation has been launched at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, University of Ghana at Legon (ISSER). A kick-off meeting of the Resource Center was held on September 24, 2004 in Accra and attended by a large group of representatives from the Ghanaian energy sector. The meeting was chaired by Dr. A. K. Addae, Commissioner at the Energy Commission. After Mr. Kwame Pianim, the Chairman of PURC, made his introductory comments, Dr. P Kwesi Nduom, the Minister of Energy, gave the keynote address, emphasizing the importance of such a center and even proposing a study for the center to undertake for the Ministry. After the remarks of the high-level officials, formal presentations were delivered by invited speakers:
- "Overview of the Resource Center For Energy Economics and Regulation at ISSER," by Coordinator of Resource Center Dr. Felix A. Asante, ISSER.
- "Overview of the Energy Sector in Ghana," by Mr. A. K. Ofosu-Ahenkorah, Executive Director of the Energy Foundation, replacing Mr. Michael Opam, Ministry of Energy
- "Energy Value Chains: Overview," by Dr. Gürcan Gülen, CEE
- "Overview of the West African Gas Pipeline Project," by Mr. Quaye-Foli, Ministry of Energy
- "Overview of Work Programme of Center," by Mr. Adu, Executive Secretary, Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission.
Overall, the meeting laid a strong foundation, on which the Resource Center can build. The kick-off meeting and the launch of the Resource Center was covered by the Ghana TV at the evening news and the newspapers the following day. (Download article from Daily Graphic). For presentation slides and other details of the meeting, please download September monthly report from the CEE Activity and Status Reports page.
The CEE would like to express very special thanks to its four New Era program alumni -- Dr. Felix Asante, Mr. Stephen Adu, Ms. Ama Banful, and Mr. Ishmael Edjekumhene -- for their patronage of the Resource Center.
What's Next for the Resource Center?
The Resource Center already started work on a Natural Gas Primer. The work will be done by researchers at ISSER with the help of CEE and Ghana's industry representatives. The Primer will serve as an information source for government, industry, scholars and general public. A similar approach will be used to develop a Guide to Electric Power in Ghana. Both studies will be disseminated to public during educational forums at their completion.