Pilot Country Meeting

SREP Pilot Country Meeting February 2015

  • Feb 01, 2015

Ministry of Foreign Affairs | The Hague, Netherlands | February 26-27, 2015

OBJECTIVES: To share experiences among new and existing pilot countries on progress and bottlenecks in the development and implementation of SREP investment plans and support new SREP pilot countries as they articulate their objectives for participation in the SREP and develop their investment plans.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

9:00am – 9:30am: Welcome from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and CIF Administrative Unit 


  • Jacob Waslander, Head Climate Team, Inclusive Green Growth Department,, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Erastus Wahome, Chief Economist, Ministry of Finance, Kenya & SREP Sub-Committee

Moderator: Mafalda Duarte, Program Manager, CIF Administrative Unit 

9:30am – 10:30am     Global Context of the CIF in Renewable Energy and Energy Access
This session will outline the broader context of climate finance, including developments in climate negotiations towards Paris, the latest developments of the GCF, and envisioning a way forward for a ‘new climate economy.’  Following this, the CIF Administrative Unit Program Manager will present the CIF’s role in this context and highlighting its contributions to what is at stake globally in the sphere of renewable energy and energy access. 


10:45am - 11:45am    SREP Fundamentals (Presentation | Quiz
This session will feature an overview of the fundamentals of the SREP with a view to helping the new pilot countries better understand the policies and operations of the program. Topics to be covered include the programmatic approach, resource allocation to the pilot countries, investment criteria, investment plan and project approval procedures and measuring SREP results. It will address questions from the new pilot countries that have arisen in SREP scoping missions and in dialogues with the MDBs. 

Speaker:  Zhihong Zhang, SREP Senior Program Coordinator, CIF Administrative Unit 


11:45am – 1:00pm    Reflections from Existing Pilot Countries: What Has Worked Well and What We Wish We Would Have Done Differently
SREP pilot countries and MDBs will share reflections on successes and challenges in the implementation of SREP investment plans. These will be in the form of short TED-like talks, followed by an “ask the expert” Q&A with new countries.


Moderator: Gevorg Sargsyan, Program Manager, Energy Climate Finance, World Bank 

2:00pm – 3:30pm    Early Experiences from New SREP Countries: Approaches to Investment Plan Development, Quick Wins, and What Keeps You up at Night 
Pilot countries including Cambodia, Ghana, Rwanda, Haiti, Nicaragua and possibly Bangladesh will share their early experiences in the development of their SREP investment plans, specifying the approaches they are taking and initial successes and challenges. Short remarks from each country will be followed by an interactive discussion with all countries.


  • Toch Sovanna, Director, Department of New and Renewable Energy, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Cambodia
  • Seth Mahu, Deputy Director, Ministry of Power, Ghana 
  • Mark-Andre Chrysostome, Consultant, MTPTEC, Haiti
  • Gakuba Marcel, Head of Studies, Research, and Development Unit, Energy Development Corporation Limited, Rwanda
  • Julio Cesar Perez Aguilar, Director of Alternative Renewable Energies, Ministry of Emergy and Mines, Nicaragua 

Moderator: Remon Zakaria, EBRD Energy Efficiency and Climate Change, EBRD 

4:00pm – 5:30pm    Energy Access Dialogue: Overcoming bottlenecks to improving the investment environment for renewable energy while expanding energy access 
This session will begin with brief 5 minute opening remarks from one new SREP country (Uganda), one MDB (AfDB), one contributor country (Netherlands) and one energy access practitioner in an SREP country (EnDev) followed by a moderated discussion on the bottlenecks to expanding energy access and how SREP can address them. 


  • Short film, EnDev, GIZ/RVO/SNV
  • James Isingoma, Acting Commissioner for Energy Resources Department, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda 
  • Thierno Bah, Energy Specialist, African Development Bank 

Moderator: Kadi Warner, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Kampala 

6:00 – 7:30    Reception hosted by Kees Rade, Director Inclusive Green Growth Department, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Friday, February 27, 2015

9:15am – 10:45am    RISE and Multi-Tier Access Framework
The session will be divided into two segments. In the first segment, a World Bank representative will present the work on the RISE (Readiness for Investment in Sustainable Development).  In the second segment, a representative from the World Bank/ESMAP will introduce the multi-tier access framework, a methodology for measuring energy access that is being piloted in a number of countries and could be adopted within the new SREP pilot countries. Both segments will be followed by Q&A.


Moderator: Jiwan Acharya, Senior Climate Change Specialist, Asian Development Bank 

11:00am – 12:15pm    Mobilizing the Private Sector through SREP Investment Plans
This session will kick-start the conversation on exploring measures to increase the level of private sector investments in the investment plans. Panelists will speak about the constraints and the opportunities to private sector investment in their own countries: What are the key barriers for the private sector to invest in renewable energy? What have the governments have done to address barriers? What opportunities are available for the private sector to invest in renewable energy? What experiences do you have in overcoming challenges in fund raising for projects, contractual issues, and lack of enabling environment?


  • Ismael Oumar Toure, National Energy Agency, Mali 
  • Bhuban Karki, SREP Focal Point, Undersecretary, Ministry of Finance, Nepal 
  • Remon Zakaria Energy Efficiency and Climate Change and Business Development Manager, EBRD
  • Leandro Azevedo, Private Sector Specialist, African Development Bank 

Moderator:  Andrey Shlyakhtenko, Operations Office, International Finance Corporation

1:45pm - 3:15pm    Mainstreaming Gender into SREP Investment Plans and Projects: Key Considerations 
This session will have two main objectives: to outline gender considerations and entry points in renewable energy policy and project design; and to share examples of good practices and potential pitfalls by drawing on lessons from plans and projects on the ground (including those supported by SREP, Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme, and ENERGIA).  

Moderator: Anne Kuriakose, Senior Gender Specialist, CIF Administrative Unit 

3:30om - 4:30pm    Country Ownership: Case Study on Kenya
In the context of the SREP, country ownership is understood as a participatory and inclusive approach to investment plan preparation and implementation. Two fundamental aspects of country ownership are: (i) ensuring involvement and support of priority stakeholders in the design and implementation of the investment plan; and (ii) strong country coordination both within government as well as with external actors. This session will explore these two aspects of country ownership in depth by focusing on Kenya’s experience in the preparation and implementation of its investment plan. 


  • Erastus Wahome, Chief Economist, Ministry of Finance, Kenya 
  • Thierno Bah, Principal Energy Specialist, Energy, Environment, and Climate Change Deaprtment, African Development Bank

Moderator:Mafalda Duarte, Program Manager, CIF Administrative Unit 

4:30 – 5:00    Wrap up and Closing


  • Erastus Wahome, Chief Economist, Ministry of Finance, Kenya & SREP Sub-Committee Co-Chair 
  • Reina Bujis, Director-General of the Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS), Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • Mafalda Duarte, Program Manager, CIF Administrative Unit 

Moderator: Martin Hall, CIF Administrative Unit

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