Workshop on the Annotation of Power Purchase Agreements for Power Africa

March 26, 2014 - March 28, 2014
Over 20 leading power project and energy experts from Africa, Europe and the US, discuss PPA provisions.
Over 20 leading power project and energy experts from Africa, Europe and the US discuss PPA provisions.

In June 2013, President Obama announced the Power Africa initiative.  Power Africa seeks to address one of the greatest challenges to sustainable economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa - access to electrical power.  Power Africa brings together resources within the US government, international institutions and African governments and the private sector, to generate investment in power resources, generation, and transmission in six African countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania).  As part of this initiative, the US Department of Commerce Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) has been asked by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to assist in the streamlining of the power project negotiation and development process, through technical assistance capacity building, and the drafting and explication of key provisions in power purchase agreements (PPAs) and related documents.

CLDP is working with a variety of partners, including the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and the Initiative for Global Development (IGD) and international law firms to develop a document library of annotated agreements that form the core of power project transactions. CLDP will utilize this library, along with a pool of legal and regulatory energy experts, to build capacity within the Power Africa countries to better understand and employ these agreements.

As a part of CLDP’s Power Africa program, CLDP hosted a Workshop on the Annotation of Power Purchase Agreements for Power Africa, March 26-28, 2014.  The workshop brought together about 25 international energy lawyers, lawyers from ALSF, OPIC and IGD, and government officials from Ghana, Nigeria, and Tanzania.  This unique gathering of expertise, experience, and perspectives, resulted in a consensus of considerations and consequences (annotations) for each of the identified “contentious” PPA provisions.  The resultant annotated PPA provisions will serve as a tool that will facilitate the negotiation of power purchase agreements, as well as build the capacity within the Power Africa countries to both understand and maintain these agreements.

Upcoming Programs

July 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020

In July, August, and September 2020, CLDP, in collaboration with USTR and the University of Missouri, will provide virtual business fundamental courses to 20 Salvadoran textile representatives. CLDP has partnered with a textile and apparel expert who will conduct group sessions, as well as tailored sessions depending on the needs and businesses of the selected representatives. Lessons will cover business plan development and implementation, mentorship opportunities, local business resources, and personnel management. Furthermore, the sessions will give the Salvadoran textiles representatives the opportunity to begin developing comprehensive plans to effectively disseminate the knowledge they acquire during this program broadly across the industry with other textile professionals in El Salvador. Participants, who represent the Salvadoran private sector, key government agencies, and academia, will continue to engage their U.S. counterparts in this project for the remainder of the CLDP programming throughout 2021. This project is a part of CLDP’s and USTR’s capacity-building program to improve regional prosperity by fostering human and institutional capacity to improve the competitiveness of the Salvadoran textile industry.

July 29, 2020 - September 30, 2020

CLDP initiated a series of virtual meetings connecting Afghan representatives with Ambassador Shahzad Aroybee, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic. The meetings served to discuss how CLDP can work with the Afghan Embassy in the Czech Republic to support Afghanistan’s trade and agribusiness sectors, and to facilitate implementation of memoranda of understanding (MOU) focusing on trade facilitation between the two countries, which are currently being drafted. This series of meetings also connected the Afghan and Czech private sector and business communities, ultimately outlining an actionable road map including a business forum and eventual trade show. Through these conversations, private sector representatives from both countries, along with the Ambassador, discussed the existing barriers to trade between Afghanistan and the Czech Republic, and raised proposed recommendations to incorporate into the plan as the business forum approaches.

CLDP in Action

July 30, 2020

As part of an ongoing collaboration with the Department of Commerce’s Office of Russia, Europe, and Eurasia (ORUE)CLDP participated in a video meeting with Javlon Vakhabov, the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the United States on June 25, 2020, to discuss Uzbekistan’s Strategy for the Development of Agriculture in 2020-2030. 

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