African governments and off-grid energy industry take steps to accelerate universal energy access

At the first edition of the Off-Grid Government-Industry Dialogue (OGID) Day on 24 October 2017 in Abidjan, 80 representatives of African governments and practitioners from the off-grid energy industry discussed the vital role of off-grid energy solutions in delivering universal energy access across Africa.
Organized by GOGLA, the voice of the off-grid solar sector, and the African Development Bank (AfDB), the OGID Day highlighted the need for close collaboration between governments and companies to scale up the reach of off-grid energy solutions and accelerate progress towards universal energy access. The event was supported by the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP).
At the OGID Day, GOGLA and key development partners launched a guidance note for governments, sharing recommendations for policy-makers about how they can support the off-grid renewable energy sector in bringing reliable access to clean energy to millions of households and businesses.
Driven by technological advances and innovative business models, the off-grid solar sector has already improved energy access for at least 120 million people globally. The AfDB has a target to deliver 75 million new off-grid household connections by 2025 in the context of its ‘New Deal on Energy for Africa’ strategic programme.
Predictability of the legal framework is required, particularly in the areas of tax, customs duty and the openness of markets to the private sector to encourage investment within consistent operating conditions.