About Us

ABOUT AFREC

The African Energy Commission (AFREC) is a specialized agency of the African Union (AU), under the Commission for Infrastructure and Energy, in charge of coordinating, harmonizing, protecting, conserving, developing, rational exploitation, commercializing and integrating energy resources on the African continent.

AFREC was created by Decision AHG/Dec.167 (XXXVII) of the 37th Summit of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) African Heads of States and Governments which was held in Lusaka, Zambia, on 11 July 2001 and was launched by the African Union Ministers in charge of Energy in the meeting held on 15 – 17 February 2008 in Algiers, Algeria through the Algiers Declaration AU/EXP/EN/Decl.(III) with the aim of ensuring, coordinating and harmonizing the protection, conservation, development, rational exploitation, commercialization and integration of energy resources on the African continent
The activities and programs of AFREC are based on AFREC Convention decided by African Heads of States and Governments, Agenda 2063, African Union Commission (AUC) Strategic Plan. As per the convention, AFREC’s mandates are broad and covers all the elements of African energy sector according to Article 3 (Guiding Principles) and Article 4 (AFREC functions) of the convention:

Develop policies, strategies, researches and plans based on Member states, sub-regional, regional and continental development priorities and recommend their implementation; Design, create and update an energy continental data base and facilitate rapid dissemination of information and exchange of information among Member States, sub-regional, regional and continental institution; Provide technical support, mobilize financial and technical support, provide capacity building to the Member States, sub-regional, regional and continental institution for the energy sector;

Main Functions

01.

MAPPING OUT POLICIES

Mapping out of policies, strategies and development energy plans based on sub-regional, regional and continental development priorities as well as identification of the means for their implementation. Despite the huge energy potential of Africa, serious energy shortages experienced by a great number of countries have undermined their industrial development endeavours for several years.

02.

ENERGY DATABASE DEVELOPEMENT

Design, development and elaboration and updating of a continental energy database as well as promotion of rapid transmission and exchange of information among member States and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs). It is about putting in place and managing an active information system for the conservation, processing and dissemination of data on energy and related sectors.

03.

INTER-AFRICAN COOPERATION OF ENERGY PROJECTS

Identification, development and launching of major inter-African cooperative energy projects promoting sub-regional, regional and continental integration. In parallel, mobilization of financial resources in order to provide the member States with the necessary assistance to develop and implement integrating energy projects.

04.

CAPACITY BUILDING

Mapping out of policies, plans and projects of inter-African cooperation in the field of human resources development, particularly through staff training in the energy sector.

05.

PROMOTION OF PARTNERSHIPS

Creation of a technical assistance network among Member States and promotion of partnerships among African countries in the field of energy.

06.

TRADE TRANSIT ENERGY GOODS

Development of trade and transit of energy goods and services among member States. To this effect and in view of boosting inter-African trade in energy products, it is essential to encourage the use of harmonized technical standards, procedures and practices in the energy sector.