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.

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August 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Throughout the quarter, CLDP engaged with numerous experts to prepare and record eight separate sessions on trade topics, specifically designed for Afghanistan’s approximately 25 Commercial Attachés posted throughout the world. In May 2018, CLDP spent one week training the same group of Attachés in a comprehensive course designed for them prior to their departure. This updated training course is intended to provide more advanced training on relevant topics now that the Attachés have been serving in their posts for more than two years.  The topics for these presentations were identified based on consultations with the Attachés and relevant stakeholders in the last quarter. Topics include drafting international contracts, attracting foreign direct investment, negotiation strategies, and two sessions on working trade shows. The series of pre-recorded virtual presentations, including translated copies of the presentations, will be delivered on a rolling basis to the Attachés. In addition, future topics will be recorded and shared with the participants. These virtual recordings will be saved in an online repository, which will be available for any interested party to view, including the private sector. 

March 15, 2021 - May 24, 2021

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