The Power Statistics Pocketbook for Selected African Countries was prepared by the Economic and Social Statistics Division of the Statistics Department (ECST) of the African Development Bank in close collaboration with Energy Financial Solutions, Policy and Regulation Department. This Pocketbook represents the end of this cycle of data collection, verification and publication. The selection of 16 African countries for the power survey was chosen to serve as a representative sample. The data published in this report covers the period 2015-2018. The publication of the report, which had been planned for 2020, was postponed due to the pandemic situation, which caused considerable delays in data collection in the countries.
The commonality of shared issues and challenges open the discussion on how to improve the generation, transmission and distribution of energy not only in the selected countries but across the whole continent. A separate pressing issue is how to increase the availability of data related to the power sector, in order to identify those areas that require immediate improvement and investment in order to scale up production in both rural and urban areas.
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