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|Quest 5: Energy Subsidy Reform and Sustainable Development: Challenges for Policy Makers|
A workshop will follow on the Africa Energy Mininsters' Conference in Durban from 15-16 December 2000. |
Participation is welcomed from all those who have direct experience of subsidies and can contribute to the discussions, and it is hoped that some participants will be able to stay on at this conference.
ENERGY SUBSIDY REFORM AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT:
CHALLENGES FOR POLICY MAKERS
-An Overview of goals and targets-
At the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Energy and Sustainable Development (which is helping governments prepare for the CSD-9 meeting in 2001), one prominent developing country concern raised regarding the preparations was the need for regional input into the process. The issue of fuel subsidies and how these relate to sustainable energy approaches also figured prominently at the Session.
The IEA and UNEP are conducting a series of regional workshops in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America on reform of energy subsidies and sustainable development. The first workshop (Paris, 6th-7th November 2000) had an emphasis on OECD countries and countries with economies in transition. The second workshop (Durban, South Africa, 15-16 December 2000) emphasized issues relevant to the African region and the specific needs of African Countries. The final two regional meetings in Asia and South America will emphasize issues relevant to the respective regions and regional needs (Bangkok, Thailand, 16-17 January 2001; Santiago, Chile 26-27 March 2001).
The objectives of the workshops are to:
further the dialogue between developed and developing countries on energy subsidies and their impact on sustainable development;
More specifically, the workshop participants will:
Discussions will be based on the analytical work on energy subsidies reform by UNEP, the IEA, and other relevant organisations. The IEA is deepening the detailed quantitative analysis presented in the IEA publication “World Energy Outlook: Looking at Energy Subsidies – Getting the Prices Right” for several countries. UNEP is conducting a review of existing methodologies to assess the social, environmental and economic costs and benefits of subsidy removal, as well as a series of regional and national studies on energy subsidies. The result of this work will be presented at the workshops.
For each workshop a compilation of ideas and policy options and recommendations will be prepared. As well, an overall synthesis of the main outcomes and recommendations of the workshop series and associated analytical work will be prepared and submitted to UNCSD 9.
Should you have any other enquires, please do not hesitate to contact Laurent Dittrick [Tel: (33 1) 40 57 67 57 or e-mail: email@example.com] or Emeline Fellus [Tel.: (41 22) 917 8197 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org] or email@example.com in Durban
Programme des Nations Unies pour l’environnement INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY
AGENCE INTERNATIONALE DE L’ÉNERGIE
9:30 AM Opening Remarks
Mr Bakary Kante, UNEP Regional Office of Africa
UN CSD 9 Representative – to be confirmed
Ambassador W. Ramsay, Deputy Executive Director, IEA
Mr Anil Markandaya, UNEP consultant
¤Session I: Regional Perspectives
Trevor Morgan, IEA
Transitional Economy Government Representative – to be confirmed
10:45 AM Coffee Break
11:15 AM Mr Hoetomo, Indonesian Bureau for Planning and International Cooperation – to be confirmed
Mr Hugo Altomonte, ECLAC
Mr Dibongué Kouo, Agence intergouvernementale de la francophonie Institut de l'énergie et de l'environnment de la francophonie (IEPF)
12:45 PM Lunch
14:15 PM Session II: Africa - Rationale and Goals for Energy Subsidies
Why subsidies, what goals, purpose and related issues. This panel session will present an overview of selected national subsidy systems, reasoning behind their existence and the consequences on market penetration of new technologies and the creation of niche markets. Fossil fuel, renewable, direct and indirect subsidy systems will be discussed. Debate should mainly cover the economic, environmental and social reasons for putting these subsidies into place, including energy access issues.
Ms Njeri Wamukonya, UNEP Collaborating Centre on Energy and the Environment (UCCEE)
Mr Norbert Nziramasanga, Southern Center for Energy and Environment, Zimbabwe
Mr Abdelhadi Benzaghou, Algerian Government Representative – to be confirmed
Chad Government Representative – to be confirmed
Mr Godfrey Turyahikayo, Commissioner for Energy in the Ministry for Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda
16:00 Coffee Break
16:30 Session III: Africa – Impacts of Subsidies
Direct and indirect social, economic and environmental effects of applying and reforming subsidies. This session will address the impacts of energy subsidies at the regional and the national level, based on past and current experiences of several countries.
Mr Utria, World Bank representative – to be confirmed
Mr. Wisdom Ahiataku-Tobogo, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Ghana
Dr Fatima Denton, ENDA – to be confirmed
Mr Samuel Eke, Nigerian NGO – to be confirmed
South Africa Ministry representative – to be confirmed
African Development Bank representative – to be confirmed
ESKOM representative – to be confirmed
Mr Ibrahima Thiam, Association Sénégalaise pour l’électrification rurale (ASER), Senegal
BP Solar Africa representative – to be confirmed
10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 Session V: Africa - Challenges for Energy Subsidy Reform
This session will address problems encountered and challenges to be relieved in order to reform energy subsidies towards sustainable development. It will examine possible ways to answer the needs of African countries, including energy market reform and regulation.
Ms Saana el Barma, Egypt Ministry of Petroleum Representative – to be confirmed
Ghana Ministry representative – to be confirmed
Ms Elisabeth Moguti, Ministry of Transport and Energy, Zimbabwe
Mr Smunda S. Mokoena, EnergyDepartment of Minerals and Energy, South Africa - to be confirmed
14:30 Conclusions and Wrap-Up
Summary of outcomes from discussion, comments and suggestions on workshop format/content and implications for subsequent regional meetings in Asia and Latin America.
Wrap-up by Session Chairs
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Quest Author: Africa Manager Begin Date: 12/15/2000 End Date: 12/16/2000|
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