Malawi benchmarks ERA on creation of a viable Electricity Industry
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On 17th March 2022, a delegation from Malawi visited the Electricty Regulatory Authority (ERA) to familiarise themselves with how ERA has managed to create a vibrant and efficient Electricity Supply Industry and learn about Uganda’s Rural Electrification Program.
The delegation was also interested in learning about Regulatory Governance, how ERA sets the Electricity Tariffs, Electricity Sector Loss Reduction and how the independence of a Regulator can be exercised amidst political influence and pressure.
While addressing the Delegation, the ERA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Eng. Ziria Tibalwa Waako noted that for any Electricity Sector to thrive, it must have an Independent Regulator that balances and protects the interests of all Stakeholders. She mentioned that ERA’s Mandate is well stipulated in the Electricity Act, shielding its operations from influence.
The CEO also noted that ERA executes its mandate based on the core values of Professionalism, Integrity, Innovation, Transparency and Accountability, Equal and Fair Opportunity, Stakeholder Sensitivity and Teamwork and that the core values guide staff to perform their day to day Regulatory work without compromise.
The delegation appreciated the information received from ERA and committed to borrow a leaf and implement as they perform their duties. The delegation included members of the Malawian Assembly, Member of Parliament Mary Navicha and Member of Parliament Hovale Chipuwa, the Ag. Director Ministry of Energy Malawi Joseph Kalowekamo, among others. They were in the company of Officials from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development.