Frequently Asked Questions

What is AFREC?

The African Energy Commission (AFREC) is a specialized technical energy agency of the African Union in charge of developing, coordinating and harmonizing the energy policies with an objective of protection, conservation, development, rational exploitation, commercialization and integration of energy resources on the African continent. Find out more about AFREC.

When and how did AFREC come into being?

AFREC was created by Decision AHG/Dec.167 (XXXVII) of the 37th Summit of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) African Heads of States and Governments which was held in Lusaka, Zambia, on 11 July 2001 and was launched by the African Union Ministers in charge of Energy in the meeting held on 15 – 17 February 2008 in Algiers, Algeria through the Algiers Declaration AU/EXP/EN/Decl.(III). The African Energy Commission headquarter is Hosted In Algiers, Algeria. The activities and programs of AFREC are based on AFREC Convention decided by African Heads of States and Governments, Agenda 2063 and African Union Commission (AUC) Strategic Plan. As per the convention, AFREC’s mandates are broad and covers all the elements of African energy sector according to Article 3 (Guiding Principles) and Article 4 (AFREC functions) of the convention.

What is the relationship between AU and AFREC

AFREC is a specialised technical energy agency of the African Union under the department for Infrastructure and Energy. It is the only AU energy agency on the continent entrusted with the mandate to develop and transform Africa's energy sector including the integration and sharing of the energy resources among member states.

Which countries are Member State of AFREC?

AFREC is working with all 55 African countries who are Member States of the African Union.
Central Africa
o Central African Republic
o Chad
o Equatorial Guinea
o Gabon
o Republic of Congo
o Sao Tome and Principe
o Democratic Republic of Congo
o Cameroon

Eastern Africa
o Burundi
o Comoros
o Djibouti
o Eritrea
o Ethiopia
o Kenya
o Madagascar
o Mauritius
o Rwanda
o Seychelles
o Somalia
o South Sudan
o Sudan
o Tanzania
o Uganda

Northern Africa
o Algeria
o Western Sahara
o Egypt
o Libya
o Mauritania
o Morocco
o Tunisia

Southern Africa
o Angola
o Botswana
o Lesotho
o Malawi
o Mozambique
o Namibia
o South Africa
o Swaziland
o Zambia
o Zimbabwe

Western Africa
o Benin
o Cabo Verde
o Ivory Coast
o Gambia
o Ghana
o Guinea
o Guinea-Bissau
o Liberia
o Mali
o Niger
o Nigeria
o Senegal
o Sierra Leone
o Togo
o Burkina Faso

Do you have any upcoming events?

AFREC upcoming events published on our page News and Media Events.

How can I access AFREC publications and other Energy resources?

AFREC’s publications could be accessed on our website under Publications as well as on the Visualisation dashboard

What is AFREC policy regarding resource materials found on the website?

All materials found on AFREC websites are copyrighted to AFREC. Content found on the website or in AFREC publications (or parts thereof) may be reproduced, as long as due credit is given to the source.

How do I access AFREC career opportunities?

All current AFREC vacancies, consultancies and internship opportunities are published under African Union webpage. Please click at career opportunities to access current opportunities.

Does AFREC publish any vacancy announcement for youth volunteers?

African Union has Youth Volunteering opportunities for African youth and African Diasporas. For more information about African Youth Volunteering Corps click here. To apply for African Youth Volunteering opportunity click here.

Does AFREC provide financial assistance to individual for study training programmes?

No. AFREC is mandated to mobilise resources for its Member State in the form of strengthen capacity development and supporting energy development programmes on the continent. AFREC doesn’t provide any individual financial assistant for individual applicants unless otherwise called for special application under specific AFREC programme.

How do I access opportunities for bid/procurement?

For all current procurement notices/call for bids click here.

What kind of data does AFREC collect and process?

AFREC collects and process all energy data from all 55 African Countries as part of its mandate. The data includes: Key Energy statistics, Energy efficiency, energy balances and energy data base for all 55 African countries. The data are shared and distributed to all Member States and other key stakeholders, for planning and development of energy policies and programmes. AFREC is the only official energy data centre for Africa with updated data for the entire continent. However, Individuals or partners can also request data from various governments if they are unsatisfied with the data available on AFRECs website. All collated data can be accessed through the African Energy Information System (AEIS) under Data and Statistics.

What is AFREC's data visualisation tool?

This is a continental energy statistics dashboard, which displays the current data available in each country in Africa. The dashboard is part of the African Energy Information System and can found here.