Ghana draws inspiration from the Ivorian model for power distribution

Ivorian modelGhana draws inspiration from the Ivorian model for power distribution. (Image source: Oran Viriyincy/Flickr)A delegation from the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has visited Côte d'Ivoire, aiming to gain insight about power distribution from the economic model of Compagnie Ivoirienne d’Électricité (CIE)

The two firms decided to strengthen their cooperation, in accordance with the commitments made by the leaders of the two countries.

Referring to the visit, Dominique Kakou, managing director of CIE, said that the company is ready to support Ghana in this power distribution sector.

In May 2017, during a friendly work visit to Côte d'Ivoire, the Ghanaian head of state Nana Akufo Addo went to the Ivorian Electricity Generation Company (Ciprel) in port-Bouët-Vridi to discover the company.

A private operator and subsidiary of the Eranove group, the CIE is linked to the state by a concession agreement covering production, transport and distribution and marketing facilities. The provision also takes into account the import and export of electric energy throughout the national territory and in the sub region. Ghana, like Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin and Liberia, benefit from this export. The company has had these segments in hand for 27 years.

“The company was organised around a model led by a managerial policy that is specific and adapted to the African context. It takes into account what is positive like all modern companies do,” explained Kakou.

This was marked by the presentation of the managerial, social and union policy of this company based in Treichville. Transportation and energy movements, dispatching as well as the organisation of distribution operations were also central to this trip.

“Workers take initiatives with a policy of decentralisation, accountability and in the end, they know that they are controlled based on their own self-control. Such system allows for fluidity of action on the ground. There is a force that allows us to go quickly and correct mistakes,” added Kakou.

CIE exported 1648 GW hours in 2016, claims to have a customer portfolio (high and low voltage) of about 1.63mn.

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