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Regional Energy Bureaus discussed with private sector to iron out doing business challenges

EMA’s 2nd policy and networking breakfast event was successfully conducted on December 27, 2019, at the Best Western hotel here in Addis Ababa. The second breakfast forum was designed to facilitate dialogue to create a common understanding between businesses and regional energy bureaus to address challenges and misunderstandings.

The event features regional energy bureaus from Amhara, Tigray, Oromia, SNNP, and Somali regions. A total of 40 participants from government organizations, regional energy bureaus, private sector, development organizations, financial institutions, civil society, and media attended the event.

Ato Henok Assefa, Head of Precise Consult International, made a brief presentation on the findings of a short survey Precise conducted on complaints made from both the private sector and regional bureaus side. The forum took the format of business dialog which helped facilitate the conversation among relevant parties.

The points mentioned include questioning the need of different requirements for solar products across regions, and coordination with federal and regional bureaus, the need for capacity building training for Woreda level energy offices and youth groups organized to distribute solar products. They also mentioned developing platforms for experience sharing between regional energy offices, and traceability of imported products which can be instrumental in combating contraband products of solar. At the end of the event, a working group comprising representatives from government institutions, private sector, and development partners is established to work towards finding solutions for the identified challenges.

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