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Guidelines For Implementation Adopted

Harnessing the energy potentials in  Central Africa was the focus of the  joint extraordinary session of the  Council of Ministers and the Management Committee of the Energy  Pool of the sub-region abbreviated  as PEAC, that held in Yaounde,  Cameroon on June 5, 2017. The  get-together of some eight member  countries of the sub-region and nine  electricity corporations alongside  technical and financial partners  brainstormed on developing the energy sector in the sub-region which  despite its enormous potentials,  produces only 4 per cent of electricity with just 13 per cent electricity  penetration rate.  Thus, discussions on the development of the sector focused on two  broad base projects; Integrators  Priority Projects and the Trans-border Electrification Programmes.  Chaired by Léopold Mboli Fatran,  current President of the PEAC  Council of Ministers, the Steering  Committee gave guidelines to the  Permanent Secretariat of the PEAC  for the operational, concrete and  urgent implementation of projects. For the Integration Priority  Projects, PEAC earmarked projects  such as the Inga Electrical Interconnection Project (DRC), Cabinda  (Angola), Pointe Noire (Congo);  interconnection of electricity grids  in Cameroon and Chad; Chollet  hydroelectric development project  (Congo-Cameroon border) and  associated transmission lines  between Cameroon and Congo  amongst others. For the Trans-border Electrification Programme, the  following projects were highlighted  notably: electrification project of  the city of Béloko (CAR) from the  town of Garoua-Boulaï (Cameroon),  electrification project of seven  villages of the Central African Republic from the city of Mobayi (DRC),  amongst others. Even though  financial partners like the World  Bank, the African Development  Bank, the Islamic Development Bank  amongst others have expressed  interest in the projects, the Council  of Ministers has called on international financial community and the  private sector to mobilize more  funds for the physical realization of  these projects, which are intended  to accelerate the socio-economic  integration of Central Africa.

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