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The East Africa Power Pool (EAPP) elected Ethiopia’s Azeb Asnake (Eng), CEO of Ethiopian Electric Power Office (EEPO), to be the chairperson of the pool for the coming two years.
The ten member countries pool unanimously elected Azeb for the chair during a conference held on Friday March 27 at Hotel Siyonat in Addis Ababa.
Azeb was appointed CEO of the Ethiopian power generator company after the former Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation split into two entities in 2013.
Sources told Capital that late on Friday, leaders of power companies from Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda decided the Ethiopian representative to lead the organization and she took over the position from Burundi.
According to sources, initially, the chairpersonship was expected to be given to the Democratic Republic of Congo, but the countries decided to give the post to Ethiopia.
Election of the chairperson was expected to be carried out during a meeting that was held in Bujumbura, Burundi, a month ago. But, it was then decided it should be carried out in Ethiopia..
The chairpersonship is extended to Ethiopia as the current situation in the region requires for the leadership of an influential country and chairperson that is able to manage the sector’s activity.
EAPP is a union of 13 utility enterprises and it works to expand electric power supply in East Africa. Ethiopia is one of the major electric power producers in the region exporting power to its neighboring countries.
The Eastern Africa Power Pool was established in 2005 with the signing of an Inter-Governmental Memorandum of Understanding (IGMOU) by seven Eastern Africa countries, namely: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Sudan. Adoption of EAPP as a specialized institution by the Heads of States of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) country to foster power system interconnectivity expanded its member base taking on board Tanzania, Libya and Uganda in March 2010, February 2011 and December 2012 respectively.
Head quartered in Addis Ababa, the EAPP Permanent Secretariat is headed by an Executive Secretary. The ruling authority of the EAPP is the Council of Ministers in charge of electricity affairs of the participating countries. A Steering Committee, which is comprised of the Chief Executives of the participating utilities, oversees the activities of the permanent secretariat.
The EAPP region is endowed with significant economically developable hydro, geothermal, wind and solar energy generation potential.