Rabat – Morocco’s National Office for Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE) became a member of the Global Sustainability Electricity Partnership (GSEP) on June 3, during the GSEP’s 28th annual summit in Osaka, Japan.
GSEP is a CEO-led alliance of ten electricity companies from around the world, who have come together to promote sustainable energy development. GSEP runs capacity-building workshops and conferences, in partnership with governments from around the world. It also builds pilot sustainability energy projects in developing countries to promote clean and affordable energy.
ONEE is the only member of GSEP from Africa and the Arab world. The other members are American Electric Power (US), Electricite de France (France), Enel (Italy), EuroSibEnergo (Russia), RusHydro (Russia), Hydro-Quebec (Canada), Kansai Electric Power (Japan), PGE (Poland), and State Grid Corporation of China (China).
At the summit in Osaka on Monday, the CEO of ONEE, Abderrahim El Hafidi highlighted the progress made by Morocco in the electricity sector. He noted that Morocco is willing to share its experience, particularly with countries in Africa, a continent facing electricity challenges.
Membership to the GSEP will give ONEE opportunities to explore partnerships with other member companies, El Hafidi added, reports Moroccan official news outlet Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).
ONEE is the leading operator in the field of electricity and drinking water in Morocco. In 2018 it had a global installed net electricity generating capacity of 11 GW, delivering electricity to more than 6 million customers around the country.
ONEE is also an important regional player, supporting electricity and drinking water projects across Africa. Last year in May, ONEE signed an agreement with the Islamic Development Bank to support the development of rural renewable electricity projects over the next three years in Mali, Niger, and Chad.