Morocco, Mauritania Determined to Strengthen Cooperation in Energy Regulation
Rabat – The National Electricity Regulatory Authority (ANRE) and the Regulatory Authority of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania signed, on Thursday in Rabat, a memorandum of understanding on collaboration in the field of energy regulation.
Signed by ANRE chairman Abdellatif Bardach and his Mauritanian counterpart Ahmed Ould Mohamedou, the memorandum will strengthen and develop cooperation between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania in the various fields of energy regulation, notably electricity, through the exchange of experience and the improvement of the investment climate.
This cooperation framework embodies the will to support, in an anticipatory approach, the managers of the Moroccan, Mauritanian and Senegalese electricity transmission networks.
The signing of the MoU paves the way for an electricity interconnection project between the three countries, with the aim of achieving interconnection with the West African Power Pool (WAPP).
Speaking on this occasion, Bardach said that this memorandum represents a “valuable opportunity to boost the future creation of an integrated continental electricity grid, as part of the implementation of the forward-looking High Guidelines of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.”
This initiative, he added, will enhance security of supply in the West African region and enable Africa to benefit from the existing interconnection between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Iberian Peninsula.
For his part, Mohamedou welcomed the signing of this memorandum, which aims to “boost collaboration between the two friendly countries in the field of energy regulation, while strengthening the fraternal ties that unite them”.
At the end of the signing ceremony, Bardach and Mohamedou reaffirmed their commitment to work together to strengthen this partnership and meet the various energy challenges.
Bardach was elected head of the French-speaking Network of Energy Regulators (RegulaE.Fr), at the end of its General Meeting held on Wednesday in Rabat.