Organised by the Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA) and MEDREG, the Associations representing regulators of emerging economies
met for the fourth time, at a high-level meeting in Milan on 3 November 2016, to develop cooperation
and exchange experiences
in several areas of energy regulation.
This 2016 roundtable provided updates on the most recent activities of regulators and focused on access to energy and investment environment
. It gathered the following regional regulatory associations: ARIAE (Latin American and Iberian countries
), ERERA (West Africa
), ERRA (Eastern Europe
), MEDREG (Mediterranean
) and RERA (Southern Africa
The platform addressed critical issues such as barriers to sustainable energy investments, the role played by RES in supporting off-grid solutions, the main policies enacted to increase energy access and how regulators balance the investors' and consumers' needs in the different emerging regions of the world represented by the participating regulators.
With the perspective of the Word Forum on Energy Regulation (WFER) VII due to take place in Mexico in 2018 and in order to consolidate cooperation, the need to meet more often
was stressed. Participants agreed that they could work together to identify a topic of common interest
to be included in the WFER VII program.
The possibility of allocating an activity to each regional regulatory
association in an area where they are particularly strong was envisaged, as a way of driving change in developing energy markets. This attribution of activity could result into a joint Memorandum of Understanding
to be signed in early 2017.