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EEI and APUA Sign a Memorandum of Understanding
WASHINGTON (January 12, 2018) – The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to pursue key opportunities for collaboration to support the creation of high-performing African electric companies with sustainable business models that are cleaner, more efficient energy systems.

EEI and the U.S. Department of State officially launched the Africa Utility Power Sector Exchange (AUPSE) in April 2017. AUPSE aims to advance electric power sector reform and development in underdeveloped markets, which experience the greatest challenges to energy access, by encouraging the exchange of ideas and best practices in the management of electric companies. Together, EEI and APUA will continue to advance power sector reform in Africa by strengthening APUA’s key strategic operational areas and by encouraging participation of African electric companies in the AUPSE.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to work together with our partners in Africa on some of the most pressing issues facing the electric power industry worldwide,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “We are committed to working with the Association of Power Utilities of Africa to implement this Memorandum of Understanding and, ultimately, to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Exchange, as well as to take action to accelerate electric power sector development in Africa.”

“With this MOU, we look forward to strengthening APUA’s operations and delivering enhanced value to African electric companies,” said Victor M. Mundende, President of APUA and Managing Director of Zambian electricity company, ZESCO Limited Ltd. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to strengthen our partnership with EEI, build the AUPSE, and ultimately deliver a brighter, more sustainable energy future for Africa,” he continued.

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