APUA - Association of Power Utilities of Africa


The Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA), formerly named Union of Producers, Transporters and Distributors of Electric Power in Africa (UPDEA), was created in 1970 with its headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.


The mission of APUA is to bring together African power utilities and stakeholders towards making power more accessible, affordable and reliable for the African people.

Core values

The core values of APUA are the following:

  1. Integrity
  2. Transparency
  3. Accountability
  4. Excellence
  5. Trust

The objectives of the  Association is to promote the development and integration of the African power sector through active cooperation among its members on the one hand and with all stakeholders in the electricity sector at the International level and the donors, on the other hand.

As such, it plays among other roles of:

  • Promoter and facilitator of integration and regional trade, particularly through African power pools including coordination of the Pools energy regional Forum;
  • Promoter and facilitator for the development of mechanisms for clean energy, including the reduction of emissions of carbon into the atmosphere;
  • Promoter and facilitator of energy efficiency
  • Promoter and facilitator of rural electrification;
  • Facilitator of investment and the development of renewable energy in Africa;
  • Facilitator of the mobilization of investments from the public and private sectors for the electrical infrastructure in Africa;
  • Promoter and facilitator of innovation, research and development of the electricity sector in Africa;
  • Facilitator in the development of regulatory policies enabling and uniforms to facilitate development of electricity infrastructure in all regions in Africa.
  • Facilitator of collaboration with manufacturers of electrical equipment through AFSEC (African electro technical standardization Commission);
  • Promoter of good corporate governance;
  • Facilitator of the interconnections across borders and regions of Africa.

To be an organization effective in its actions and decisions taken, the APUA must pursue its objectives, but use the appropriate means to achieve and which meet the values, expectations of corporate members (active or affiliated), and populations which are the first concerned.

The organs of APUA

The organs of the ASSOCIATION are:

      1. General Assembly (GA)

The General Assembly is the supreme body of APUA. It is a framework for consultation, direction and decision-making regarding activities of the ASSOCIATION. It may meet in ordinary or extraordinary sessions.

Its members being utilities or organizations, the General Assembly will appoint to the post of President of the ASSOCIATION an active member utility or organization. The appointed member will designate its representative, who should be its Chief Executive officer or a person of equivalent rank. The Chairman of the ASSOCIATION is also the Chairman of the Executive Committee.

The General Assembly meets once a year for an ordinary session. It is convened by the President of the ASSOCIATION.

The meetings of the General Assembly are held at the ASSOCIATION’s headquarters and at Congresses, except when hosted by an active member.

      2. Executive Committee (EC)

The Executive Committee is the supervising and managing organ of the activities of the ASSOCIATION.

The Executive Committee must represent the five sub-regions of the continent (North, West, Centre, South and East).

Each sub-region will be represented by four members, except the region hosting the headquarters of the ASSOCIATION, which is entitled to have five representatives, making a total of 21 members.

The additional seat belongs to the utility hosting the headquarters of the ASSOCIATION, which has entered into an agreement to assist and support APUA.

The Board of the Executive Committee consists of 12 members.

The Executive Committee meets for an ordinary session once a year. In the interim, its duties will be performed by the Board.

      3.  Scientific Committee (SC)

The Scientific Committee is the technical organ of the ASSOCIATION

The Scientific Committee is responsible for studying all general problems encountered by the members and analyzing technical matters that may be of interest to the members as well as to the external partners of APUA. Its responsibilities also include scientific preparation for ASSOCIATION events (seminars, colloquia, workshops, conferences, congresses, etc).

The structure of the Scientific Committee includes study committees and working groups.

The working groups, composed of experts, are set up according to the points of interest identified by the members.

The President of the Scientific Committee is the first Vice-President of the ASSOCIATION.

      4. General Secretariat (GS)

The General Secretariat is the permanent body of the ASSOCIATION responsible for the running of the ASSOCIATION.

The General Secretariat is led by a Director General chosen by the Executive Committee, in compliance with the provisions of the bylaws.

In performing his duties, the Director General is assisted by an adequate staff as provided for by the organization chart. He performs his duties under the authority of the President to the ASSOCIATION.

The organization chart is compiled by the Executive Committee upon proposal of the Director General, taking into account the ASSOCIATION‘s activity program and the objectives assigned.


The 48th Ordinary General Assembly, held on 08 September 2014 in Luanda (Angola),

Acting according to Articles 13, 14 and 15 of the APUA By-laws and Rules of procedure,

Appointed the 21 member Utilities comprising the Exccutive committee and

Appointed following member utilities as Regional vice- Presidents:

North Africa       :    STEG

Western Africa  :    VRA

Central Africa     :    SNE (Congo)

Southern Africa :    ZESCO

Eastern Africa     :    REG

Appointed ENE-EP (Angola) as APUA President and President of the Executive Committee for the period 2014 - 2017

Appoints ZESCO (Zambia) as 1st Vice President and President of the scientific committee

Appoints ONEE (Morocco) as Comptroller General)



The APUA strategic focused areas for business program 2004-2017 are:

  1. Ensure the implementation of strategic action plan (SAP) including the project of capacity building for a good human resource contribution to value creation and performance of cooperate members.

-Implement the project of creation of the Network of Centres of Excellence in Electricity (ANCEE) -for Skills Development and Governance.

-Implement the activities resumption project at the International Energy  High School (former ESIE)

-Follow up the activities of the Funds Raising Steering Committee

-Redefine and implement the project of setting up of an information system of APUA with the creation of the "Gates of Investment in African Electrical Companies"

  1. Support programs for implementation of improved customer management systems and promote the financing of the African energy sector.

-Studying with institutional member companies the establishment of mechanisms to fight against losses, in particular, non-technical companies in power distribution

-Promote public-private partnerships and South-South in the mobilization of funds for members.

  1. Promote the development of the African power industry, technological innovation among cooperate members, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Access to sustainable energy in Africa

-Continue with actions undertaken during the previous term

-Endorse the roadmap of common actions plan World Energy Council-Commission of the African Union-APUA-partner for Energy Efficiency

-Contribute to achieving the objectives of the various initiatives undertaken on the continent (SE4ALL, Clean Energy Corridor for Eastern and Southern Africa, Power Africa)

-Participate in the Technical Monitoring Committee of the Priority Actions Program of the Program of InfrastructureDevelopment in Africa (PIDA)

4.  Coordinate the Forum of African regional power pools

5.  Promote the brand image of APUA and re inform its international cooperation with sister organization and partners


Contact Persons

President of APUA & Chairman of the Board, PRODEL-EP (Angola)

Eng. Antonio Fernandes Rodrigues Belsa Da Costa

Director General APUA

Eng. Abel Didier Tella

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