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ENERGY SECTOR REFORM - STATUS AND PROSPECTS

By

STEPHEN KAREKEZI


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This paper examines key characteristics and trends of the African energy sector based on the findings of research work of over 100 African energy researchers and policy makers  members of the African Energy Policy Research Network (AFREPREN/FWD). The paper identifies fundamental changes that have defined and shaped the African energy sector. Using an innovative differentiated approach, the paper provides a comprehensive framework for assessing the highly diverse national energy sector found on the African continent from the advanced high-tech power sector of South Africa to the biomass dominated traditional energy sector of the low income countries of the Sahel. The paper highlights key trends that will drive future energy demand and supply in Africa. It concludes by proposing an innovative and self-sustaining initiative for developing and maintaining an African energy database and information service that can provide the basis for accurate assessment of the current status and future prospects of the African energy sector.


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