|KITE holds annual energy event|
|Tuesday, 06 December 2011 17:38|
The third in the series of KITE Annual Energy Event came off at the Mensvic Grand Hotel, East Legon on Tuesday, 16th November 2011. This year’s energy event was sponsored by Christian Aid (CA), this is the second consecutive year that the development charity organisation has supported the Energy Event.
The 2011 event was organised under the theme “Fashioning out a Multi-Stakeholder Solution to the LPG Conundrum in Ghana”. It attracted participants from government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), research and academia, private sector, and energy entrepreneurs. The rest were Civil Society Organisations and the Media.
Welcoming participants to the Event, the Director of KITE, Mr. Ishmael Edjekumhene stated that the 2011 event was dedicated to one particular fuel/issue – Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). He traced the ‘story’ of LPG as a fuel source in Ghana from its near ‘obscurity’ in the late 1980s and early 1990s, to the point where LPG has risen to become a fuel of choice in the residential, commercial and transport sectors of the economy, thanks largely to a promotional drive embarked upon by the government of Ghana in 1990 through the National LPG Promotion Programme.
The keynote speaker for the event, Mr Amadu Mahama – the Chairman of New Energy traced the LPG crises to both non-routine and un-expected causes. He explained that the lessons from the implementation of the National Electrification Scheme (NES) should guide Ghana on how to address the LPG problem. He stated that the NES among other things, had a clear and ambitious vision, a firm government control and commitment, sustained investment, community involvement, and the goal of universal access by 2015; all these he asserted are on course. He argued that, as a middle income country, Ghana have not done very well in improving access to sustainable energy services especially for cooking.
Mr. Mahama recommended a new business model in the LPG chain to make full cylinders available within 5 minutes walk from households, especially in petrol filling stations and general goods retail shops. That a new business model is needed will facilitate a rapid acceleration of access to LPG as a fuel for cooking.
He concluded his keynote address by stating that the subsidy on LPG for cooking is a good policy, but needs to be reformed to make it sustainable and equitable. He called for the removal of subsidy on fuel and put the subsidy on cylinders /accessories to check abuse of the subsidy policy.
Other speakers at the event included Mr. Kwame Jantuah, Chief Executive Officer, Africa Energy Consortium Ltd, Mr. Daniel Amoah, Director of Pricing, Planning and Research, National Petroleum Authority, and Mr. Seth Nanemeh, Managing Director of Anasset Co. Ltd. The remaining speakers were Mr. Mohammed Amin Adam, Coordinator, Africa against Poverty Programme, IBIS West Africa and Dr. Joe Asamoah, Managing Director of EnerWise Africa.
Watch out for the full report, the recommendations of the event and the communiqué aimed at policy formulators in the energy sector.
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