OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT & WATER RESOURCES DEPARTMENT HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND GENDER DEPARTMENT INFRASTRUCTURE DEPARTMENT MACRO-ECONOMIC POLICY DEPARTMENT POLITICAL AFFAIRS, PEACE & SECURITY DEPARTMENT TRADE, CUSTOMS, INDUSTRY & FREE MOVEMENT DEPARTMENT

INFRASTRUCTURE DEPARTMENT

M. Ebrime NJIE
Commissionner

 
Energy Directorate

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Brief Description 

The Department of Energy is a constituent part of the Commission for Infrastructure, approved in a far-reaching restructuring of large parts of the ECOWAS Community by the Authority of Heads of State and Government in January 2006 and becomes effective from January 2007.  Under the restructuring exercise, the former Executive Secretariat, was converted and expanded into a high-level Commission with 9 Commissioners led by a President, and 25 Directorates. Commissioners were given an expanded political profile and the number of Directorates was expanded from 16 to 25.  The Department of Energy is a new entity that, in the former Executive Secretariat, was a part of the former Department of Infrastructure and Industry, now split into three separate Departments.

 

The Department of Energy is responsible within the Commission for providing the technical expertise in Energy and for the design and implementation of technical projects for the region decided by the President.(Attached is the Organisational Chart for the Department.

 The department’s functions as enshrined in Article 28, Item 1 & 2 of the Revised ECOWAS Treaty is to ensure coordination and harmonization of Member States policies and programmes in the field of energy, and, to this end:

 

i)         Ensure the effective development of the regions energy resources

ii)         stablish appropriate cooperation mechanisms with a view to ensuring a regular supply of hydrocarbons.

 

iii)        Promote the development of new and renewable energy, particularly solar energy, in the framework of the policy of diversification of sources of energy

 

iv)         Harmonise national energy development plans by ensuring particularly, the interconnection of electricity networks;

 

v)          Articulate a common energy policy, particularly, in the field of research, exploitation, production and distribution

 

vi)         Establish an adequate mechanism for the collective solution of the energy development problems within the Community, particularly those relating to:

§         Energy Exchanges among Member States

§         Shortages of skilled technicians, and

Financial resources for the implementation of energy projects of Member States

Mr. Bayaornibe DABIRE
Director

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