The African Development Bank and the Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation Trust Fund (KOAFEC) have funded a Database Management System (DBMS) to improve the operations and functions of the Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) of Ghana. The system will enable the commission to improve its regulatory functions by improving its ability to collect, analyze and monitor data for the regulation of utilities.
Speaking at the virtual launch of the system on June 30, 2021, Ghana’s Minister of Communication and Digitization, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, said smart use of data could have a transformative effect on the work of the Commission and create new opportunities to meet challenges in the sector.
“Our ability to process, analyze and innovate with the data we generate is therefore critical and I am happy to see that capacity building is a key part of the investment we are launching today.
The system is equipped with unique features such as geolocation, which helps establish territorial trends and analyze complaints from public services and consumers and facilitates the deployment of territory-specific and targeted solutions to respond to them. The solution includes a robust and comprehensive integration system as well as a mobile app that consumers can use for complaint handling, tracking, and public education and awareness.
PURC Executive Secretary Mami Dufie Ofori said she was proud to note that the establishment of the new system was also in line with the government’s comprehensive digitization agenda, which aims to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of business in Ghana for economic development.
Lim Jung-taek, South Korea’s Ambassador to Ghana, welcomed the initiative and said the project is a step for Korea to share its economic development experience with African countries. “The PURC has played a critical role in supporting Ghana’s electrification goals by providing clear oversight. The DBMS will also allow the PURC to operate more efficiently and strengthen energy regulation by eliminating the system of manual data storage and processing, ”he added.
Also welcoming the initiative in remarks read on its behalf, Dr Kevin Kariuki, Vice President for Electricity, Energy, Climate Change and Green Growth at the African Development Bank underscored the continued support of the Bank to African member countries to improve the quality and efficiency of energy regulation, as well as to create an enabling environment for increased private investment in the energy sector.
“Through its flagship electricity regulation index for Africa, the Bank has cumulatively assessed the regulatory frameworks of over 40 different African countries, identified regulatory bottlenecks and formulated tailor-made solutions to address them. remedy. The execution of the DBMS initiative is therefore part of the Bank’s efforts to implement the recommendations of the ERI in the member countries, ”said Dr Kariuki.
Amba Mpoke-Bigg, Communications and External Relations Department, African Development Bank, email: [email protected]