October 30, 2019
The third Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Sustainable Energy Forum held in Ghana featured highly investment opportunities in women-led energy business in the sub-region.

Mr. Mike Salawou, Divisional Manger, Infrastructure and Partnership Division of the African Development Bank (AfDB) moderated the well attended session in Accra.

Ms. Monica Maduekwe, Coordinator of ECOWAS Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access,   in an interview noted that the session is for women led business opportunity tied to the ECOWAS policy on gender mainstreaming and energy access, a policy adopted by ECOWAS heads of states in June 2017.

One of the aim of the policy is to increase the number of women in the private sector running energy policy tied to the regional policy because the sector is male dominated. “We know there are women who are interested in participating in the sectors business and investments.

Women need the requisite technical capacity and understanding of the sector. Somehow it does not favor women that is why we came out with this policy to recognise the challenges and close the gap; create an opportunity for men and women who are interested in the sector.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com