Public Utility Regulation Commission (PURC) in collaboration with GIMPA has established the Centre of Excellence in Public Utilities Regulation (CEPUR) to develop competencies and expertise in regulation and governance for the electricity, water, natural gas sectors, and other public utility sectors.
The Centre is expected to deliver programms leading to the award of certificates in diverse courses related to regulation and the management of electricity, water, and natural gas sectors; and engages in cutting-edge research for investment and policy decision-making in the sectors of interest.
Again the Centre will be a leading point of ideas and policies to support not only Ghana’s PURC but also similar institutions across the continent.
The Centre of Excellence in Public Utilities Regulation was launched together with the very first Ghana Utility Performance Index (GUPI) for 2021.
The GUPI is an aggregated performance index, which is computed to assess the performance of electricity and water utilities across the operational areas of Ghana.
Dr. Ishmael Ackah, Executive Secretary, PURC said the centre is to be a leading centre for research and capacity building in utility regulation in Africa and beyond and to promote professionalism in the utility sector through research, training and regulations.
He noted that steps have already been initiated towards making the Centre part of a global network of utility research centres.
Minister of Energy, Hon Matthew Opoku Prempeh speaking at the event as the guest of honour expresses his appreciation of the government of PURC and GIMPA for this initiative in creating a Centre of Excellence in Public Utility Regulation.
He said the opening of this Centre will therefore provide the needed support to develop the skills necessary to achieve Africa’s energy vision.