Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam, Minister for Finance

The World Bank has approved a $250 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA) and an additional $10 million grant from the Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme.

The amount is to support a 4-year Ghana Energy Sector Recovery Programme for Results (PforR) to improve the financial viability of electricity distribution and increase access to clean cooking solutions.

The PforR will provide financing directly to energy sector utilities to implement capital expenditure programmes and complement regulatory and policy reforms of the energy sector supported under the World Bank’s Development Policy Financing series and the ongoing IMF Extended Credit Facility Programme for Ghana.

A statement issued yesterday by the Ministry of Finance indicated that the Clean Cooking Component of the Programme will increase the access of Ghanaian households, schools, and businesses to Liquefied Petroleum Gas for domestic and commercial use.

“The PforR will provide direct Incentives to subsidize the cost of stoves and accessories,” the statement added.

It said the Energy Sector Recovery Programme (ESRP) is expected to provide a wide range of benefits to consumers which includes market development, affordability, energy access and equity, health and environmental protection against air pollution and associated health risks.

The World Bank Country Director for Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, Robert Taliercio, said “Through this important results-based financing, the World Bank is committed to supporting the recovery of Ghana’s energy sector and its financial sustainability. The operation aims to strengthen revenue collection and improve the quality of energy supply through investments in prepaid metering and in the commercial and meter management systems of distribution utilities.”

For his part, Ghana’s Minister for Finance, Dr Mohammed Amin Adam said “the Government of Ghana is grateful to the World Bank for their support in the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy).

“Our quest to achieve financial viability in electricity distribution and Increasing access to clean cooking solutions is essential for building sustainable energy systems that support economic development, improve public health. and protect the environment while promoting energy access and equity for all.”

Dr. Amin Adam added that “our access to sustainable energy is not just about powering homes and businesses, it’s about empowering communities, protecting the environment, and fostering Inclusive and sustainable development.”

The Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme provides knowledge, technical assistance, and advisory services to help countries enhance their institutional capacity and Implement sustainable energy solutions.