The Republic of Kenya and the Republic of Senegal have joined the International Energy Agency (IEA) as Association Countries, following approval by the IEA’s Governing Board last week.
The milestone will not only enable the IEA to advance its engagement with African countries but enables both Senegal and Kenya to strengthen their role in the global energy landscape, participating in global discourse surrounding energy security, access and climate change mitigation.
Sophie Aïssatou Gladima, Senegal’s Minister for Petroleum and Energies, stated that joining the IEA will help Senegal “achieve energy security, universal access and industrialization while endeavoring to limit its environmental footprint.
Together with the other countries, we will work to strengthen these areas for our country and the sub-region.”
Meanwhile, according to Davis Chirchir, Minister of Energy and Petroleum of Kenya, for its part, the country will leverage its IEA membership to boost cooperation and experience on geothermal development; the deployment of off-grid energy systems to enhance electrification; and to increase consumer access to clean cooking solutions.
He stated that, “We have to collectively make the world a better place by focusing on clean energy transition in the near future.”
The milestone comes at a time when Kenya and the IEA are already working together on energy data and statistics capacity building, clean energy transition policies, energy efficiency policy implementation and energy access while the IEA and Senegal have signed memoranda of understandings to enhance cooperation on market reforms in 2019 and 2022.
Kenya and Senegal will join 11 existing members of the Association Countries of the IEA.