Refining the Annotation of Africa Power Purchase Agreements: A Regional Stakeholders Workshop

June 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014
Participants discuss the annotated power purchase agreement.
Participants discuss the annotated power purchase agreement.

Following the March 2014 workshop that brought together leading power project and energy experts from firms in Africa, Europe and the US, as well as the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), to review and annotate the most heavily negotiated and disputed provisions within power project contracts, the identified core set of Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) provisions were annotated with a list of choices and consequences for risk allocation and bankability of the PPA. To gain much needed government stakeholder perspectives and to seek buy-in for the annotated PPA, CLDP working in concert with the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET), held a regional workshop Abuja, Nigeria June 24-26, 2014 for utilities, transmitters, distributors and regulators.

The workshop was opened on June 24th by the representative of the Nigerian Minister of Power, but the import of the workshop was illustrated by a panel of CEOs from NBET, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), and the Africa Finance Corporation - the primary offtaker, the regulator, and the development lender respectively.  Provisions dealing with offtaker obligations, power payments, force majeure, sovereign guarantees, and dispute resolution, among others were ably presented by expert lawyers from OPIC, international and Nigerian firms.  The workshop saw spirited discussion among over 70 participants from Nigeria and Ghana comprised of both government officials and private sector stakeholders.

The workshop created a buzz of interest among the government stakeholders and private sector, resulting in an increase in the number of participants in each successive day.  Additionally, some Independent Power Producers (IPPs) who were not included due to their ongoing negotiations with NBET, expressed a strong desire to replicate the program with a focus on their staff, in-house counsel and lenders.  Finally, the issues raised and the perspectives gleaned from the workshop will be the basis for requests for reform of the power market, as well as being incorporated into the annotations that will make up the PPA Annotation tool.

The workshop saw spirited discussion among over 70 participants from Nigeria and Ghana comprised of both government officials and private sector stakeholders
The over 70 participants from Nigeria and Ghana were comprised of both government officials and private sector stakeholders.

Upcoming Programs

July 1, 2020 - August 31, 2020

Most of Iraq’s hydrocarbons are located in the province of Basrah. In spite of these mineral resources, unemployment is high in the province. To increase the likelihood that university graduates will be hired, since the summer of 2019, CLDP, in close cooperation with the University of Houston/Petroleum Technology Initiative (PTI), has been conducting a program to equip students from four Basrah universities with the skills sought by International Oil Companies (IOC) that operate in the province. A key skill required from new hires by the IOCs is competence in project management. To this end, PTI, under a contract with CLDP developed and taught in Houston in August 2019, a two-week course on “Project Management in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production”. This course was taught to delegations from four Basrah universities: Basrah University, Southern Technical University, Basrah University for Oil and Gas, Basrah Oil Training institute. Each university was supposed to send one professor and three students to Houston. Unfortunately, for reasons beyond their control, three of the professors were unable to attend the two-week course in Houston, a course that was very well-received by the lone professor and by all the students. Therefore, at CLDP’s request, PTI will now develop an online version of this course, to be used by the universities of the professors who could not go to Houston in August 2019. This development will take place in July and August 2020. 

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.

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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