A cross section of Management met with the DFID Review Team this morning as part of the latter’s review of the RREP. This meeting forms part of DFID’s assessment of the project performance against set delivery indicators.
Management made it clear that the technical assistance by UNOPS in the drafting of the mini grid regulation and subsequent key role of the EWRC in the mini grid space has overtime garnered global interest in the sector.
Discussions also centered around the successful public consultation events on the said regulation as organised by the Commission across the country with key stakeholders in the sector, the success of community engagements across 13 districts on the mini grid tariff approval process and the monitoring and evaluation aspect of the project.
On the status of the draft mini grid regulation, the DG explained that the document had been reviewed and formatted by officials at the Ministry of Justice and now reside with the Ministry of Energy for a final technical review. The document will then be ready for the signature of the Chairman of the Commision after which the relevant minsiter will pass this on to Parliament where it would gain the full force of the law after the 21 days mandatory period.
The DG also stressed on the need for DFID to further support the capacity building drive of the Commission if it were to effectively play it’s role as a regulator in this steadily growing sector.