African Electricity Single Market - AfSEM
On 3 June 2021, the African Union (AU) launched the African Single Electricity Market (AfSEM). It paves the way for one of the largest electricity markets in the world, covering the AU’s 55 Member States and a population of over 1.3 billion. The launch of the AfSEM is a major milestone in the work carried out through the partnership between the AU and the European Union to harmonise African electricity markets.
The EU’s dedicated Technical Assistance Facility for Sustainable Energy (EU TAF) has supported the AU in coordinating this harmonisation since 2015. The strategic objectives of the cooperation are to improve access to reliable and sustainable energy, and to promote industrialisation, economic development and job creation.