Kenya’s Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) officials are in Ghana, to tap into the expertise of the petroleum downstream sector and exchange ideas on improving regulatory regimes and practices.
The 12-member delegation which is led by its Director-General, Mr. Daniel Kiptoo Bargoria would visit other allied institutions in the petroleum downstream sector while in Ghana.
The visit was a replication of a similar visit by NPA officials in January this year.
Addressing the delegation, the Chief Executive of NPA, Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid expressed his excitement to receive his counterparts from Kenya.
He said such visits affords public institutions valuable learning experiences which improves public service.
Dr. Abdul-Hamid explained that the petroleum downstream sector is evolving and needs to be understood in a holistic manner to address modern emerging challenges.
The Director- General of EPRA, on his part, said the delegation was looking forward to learning from Ghana’s successful regulatory practices, especially the Unified Petroleum Pricing Fund (UPPF) scheme, which ensures prices of petroleum products across the country are uniform.
He said regulating the industry in Kenya requires new ideas and it is their expectation this visit will afford them that.
The delegation were taken through presentations on licensing requirements, inspection and monitoring protocols, quality assurance measures, UPPF scheme and gas regulation.
The delegation who accompanied the EPRA Director-General included Dr. John Mutua; Ag. Director Economic Regulation and Strategy, Dr. Eng. Joseph Oketch; Director Electricity and Renewable Energy Robert Mahania; Deputy Director of Legal Services, Eng. Edward Kingua; Director Petroleum and Gas, Kennedy Kirwa; Administration,
The rest include; Project Research, Planning and Design, Eng Michael Kariuki, Peter Nguni; Secretary of Energy and Petroleum Tribunal, Gladys Moyoge; Corporate Communications Manager Mueni Mistinga; Corporation Secretary and Director Legal and Paul M. Njuguna