This meeting of energy Experts which was presided over by the Hon. Minister of Energy and Water Resources, Michael Ngako Tomdio, representing the Head of State was guided by nine themes:

  1. The creation of a legal framework for independent production of electricity.
  2. Putting in place of energy economy measures for households and industries.
  3. Conditions to benefit from Carbon financing for producing electricity on basis of greenhouse gases.
  4. Electricity Services and Sustainable development in electricity decentralized local communities.
  5. Development of electricity through collateral funds
  6. Metering and billing systems to combat fraud.
  7. Measures to support local fabrication of electrical equipments
  8. Consumers contribution to improve the quality of services
  9. Producers to put in place a regional regulatory agency for the electricity sector.

Other recommendations coming from the deliberations were:

  • Improvement of the energy business climate.
  • An agreement for subventions for independent electricity producers. Creation of a Sub Regional energy market.
  • Putting in place and actualization of development plans in the electricity sector.

Experts at the FINELEC 2011 also recommended the exercising of better control of installations, use of lamps of maximum power of 25 Watts for households and the elaboration of a plan for rural electrification which shall serve as a guide to all actions relating to rural electrification. Experts at the meeting also appealed for cooperation between micro finance and banking institutions for financing of electricity projects.

The atmosphere that prevailed at the end of the meeting was as if the Central African Sub Region wants to give the impression that they have made a step forward in terms of defining strategic axis of her energy policy.
In line with this, the Cameroon Ministry of Energy and Water Resources has prepared and submitted a draft energy legal policy and regulatory framework to the National Assembly for debate and promulgation into law. The draft legal, policy and regulatory framework lays down the conditions that create appropriate incentives and energy enterprises for Renewable Energy Market development. Within this legal framework, capacity building will be provided to various actors in the energy market. It is expected that this framework will leverage significant private sector involvement to scale-up energy enterprises and renewable energy markets. Some barriers however, still exist that inhibit the up-take and widespread utilization of renewable and energy-efficiency technologies in Cameroon.

By Ngoh Dong Mirabelle (ORIRUDEV)
Yaounde, April 1, 2011