AU Convention of the African Energy Commission, Lusaka, Zambia, 11 July 2001

Sectors : Energy, Regional cooperation and integration
Organisation : AU
Date made: 
Heads Of State
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“Article 4 Functions of AFREC
AFREC shall have the following functions, namely to:
(a) Map out energy development policies, strategies and plans based on sub-regional, regional and continental development priorities and recommend their implementation;

(b) Design, create and up date an energy continental data base and facilitate rapid dissemination of information and exchange of information among Member States, as well as among the Regional Economic Communities (RECs);

(c) Advise and encourage the development of human resources in the energy sector in particular, through training;

(d) Mobilize financial resources to provide to Member States and the Regional Economic Communities with all the necessary assistance for the development of their energy sectors;

(e) Encourage research and development in the energy sector;

(f) Develop trade and transit of energy goods and services among Member States, particularly through the identification and removal of barriers;

(g) Provide technical assistance to Member States, Regional Economic Communities and other stake holders in the African energy sectors;

(h) Recommend the use of harmonized standards and procedures in the energy sector;

(i) Establish the necessary mechanisms for the exploitation and utilization of energy resources of the continent in an optimal manner with the aim of complimentarity;

(j) Undertake the harmonisation and rationalization of energy development and utilization programmes;

(k) Promote among Member States the identification and the adoption and implementation of effective measures to prevent environmental pollution particularly in the exploitation, transportation, storage, distribution, and utilization of the continent’s energy resources the control of the system and mechanism for the pricing and tarification of energy;

(l) Work towards the realization of added value to energy resources in Member States;

(m) Assist in the development and utilization of new and renewable sources of energy;

(n) Provide assistance in feasibility study for energy projects and its adverse impact on the environment;

(o) Perform any other activity that may be necessary for realization of the above objectives.”