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

December 16, 2019 - December 17, 2019

On December 16-17, CLDP will held a two-day workshop on power project procurement. The workshop sought to improve the planning of bids from prep to closing through a discussion on international best practice relating to the request for proposals (RfPs), standardization of documents, designing a competitive bid round, evaluations and identifying gaps in the current legal framework. 

December 19, 2019 - December 20, 2019

On December 19-20, CLDP, in collaboration with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Finance and the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Directorate, will hold a two-day workshop on PPP fundamentals. The workshop will highlight PPP process, structure economics, project financing, and revenue flow.

CLDP in Action

October 23, 2019 - October 24, 2019

On October 23-24 in Tunis, Tunisia, CLDP held a workshop to identify potential changes to Tunisian law that would encourage increased cross-border eCommerce transactions for both exports and imports. Over 40 representatives from several government ministries, the private sector, and the NGO community discussed potential amendments to Tunisia’s eCommerce law, customs procedures, central bank currency and payment rules, and other matters.  The participants offered sets of informal recommendations for further action.

ECommerce in Tunisia has not reached its full potential, although there are black market eCommerce websites. Legal changes could help Tunisian SMEs and individuals reach new markets, while also providing opportunities for US sellers.

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