Sierra Leone workshop with Arizona State University and Wageningen University
The research findings of two EEG projects carried out in Sierra Leone (on energy infrastructure investments and electricity and productivity) were presented at a workshop held in May in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Organised by Arizona State University (ASU) in collaboration with the Center for Economic Research and Capacity Building (CERCB) and hosted by EEG’s Programme Director Simon Trace, the in-person presentation (the first since the COVID-19 pandemic) was attended by over 30 people, including representatives from the Ministries of Energy, Planning and Development, the Electricity & Water Regulatory office, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), the banking sector, the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA), ASU and CERCB. High-level policy and decision makers were present, including the Rt. Honourable Member of Parliament, Festus Lansana, who introduced the workshop.
Highlights from the projects were shared, followed by discussions among the participants on key research findings that are especially important for the Sierra Leone energy system; policies and strategies that need to be developed in light of the findings and the resources/expertise required, and next steps for the data and research necessary for executing these policies.