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Of the scores of energy producer nations, only a handful have had effective energy policies that have served the desired outcomes for which they were crafted. #PoorlyDesignedEnergyPolicies

In fact, fewer of these nations are in Africa –where most of the energy policies are at odds with onground realities. This policy mis-match has led to energy poverty, energy deficits, power shortage and corruption etc.

The key questions that African producer nations should ask are the following:

–         What policy levers can be pulled in order to guarantee energy access for local populations?
–         What is the most effective way to marry domestic supply obligations with international export requirements.
–         With the looming energy shift/transition, what policy frameworks can be tweaked to ensure that countries do not only remain competitive, but that they avoid key assets being stranded.
–         What new policy frameworks need to be drafted for energy transition commodities like hydrogen, ammonia etc.
–         What can new energy players like Namibia etc learn from the policy execution of mature producer nations like Nigeria, Angola etc 

Sunshak Diyen

Sunshak is a senior researcher at the African Energy Institute. He has 20 years experience across the energy verticals of power, hydrogen, oil, gas, LNG and renewable energy. He holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham, UK.