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  • March 18 - 22, 2024
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Hon. Andrew Egyapa Mercer

Ministry of Energy, Ghana

Deputy Minister of Energy

Andrew Kofi Egyapa Mercer is Deputy Minister for Energy and Member of Parliament for Sekondi Constituency in the Western Region of Ghana. He was first elected in 2016 and again in 2020. Andrew is a lawyer by profession with extensive corporate, commercial and finance sector practice experience. Prior to entering Parliament and his subsequent appointment as Deputy Minister, in June, 2021 he was the Lead Attorney and Chief Executive of Messrs. Mercer & Company, a corporate and investment law firm based in Accra. He previously worked as the head of the Legal Division of  First Atlantic Bank with oversight of the Legal, Company Secretariat and Corporate Affairs Departments of the Bank. Andrew also had a previous practice stint with Messrs. Acquah-Sampson & Associates where he commenced his legal practice initially as a pupil rising to Senior Associate before joining the Bank. He currently serves on  the Constitutional, Legal & Parliamentary Affairs and Special Budget Committees of Parliament and has previously served on the Privileges and Communications Committee of Parliament. He is a Member of the Ministerial Advisory Board of the Ministry of Energy. He has previously served on several Boards in both the public and private sectors. Andrew is married and has 3 children. 

Sessions With Hon. Andrew Egyapa Mercer

Thursday, 9 March

  • 07:15am - 08:20am (CST) / 09/mar/2023 01:15 pm - 09/mar/2023 02:20 pm

    Overcoming Africa’s Power Shortage

    Power & Renewables
    It has been quipped that Africa’s energy transition is a “transition from no energy to energy.” Africa’s electrification faces an immense challenge: 600 million citizens currently lack access to power, and by 2050, Africa’s population is expected to grow by an additional 1.2 billion people, thus potentially deepening the energy deficit. This pervasive energy poverty is compounded by profound economic fragility, by government policies burdening insolvent utilities and by the expectation from financiers, mostly in advanced economies, that power additions be decarbonized. For power investment in Africa to be successful, it must strike the right balance between technology, finance and governance. However, meeting these challenges also presents a great opportunity—starting with addressing the continent’s critical need for accessible, affordable and reliable power supply. Building off past success on the continent, what new models of collaboration can be adopted to facilitate and accelerate power investment?