The African Energy Commission (AFREC) is a specialised energy agency of the African Union


The African Energy Commission (AFREC) is a specialised energy agency of the African Union Commission (AUC) under the Department of Infrastructure and Energy. AFREC is mandated to develop and implement African energy programmes by coordinating, harmonising, protect, conserve, develop, promote rational exploitation, commercialization and integration of energy resources for all AU Member states on the continent.

AFREC functions ensures that its work responds to the future development and transformation of the African energy sector, by mapping out energy development, encouraging research, providing technical and capacity building, mobilise resources and establish necessary mechanisms related to exploitation and utilisation.

AFREC is also entrusted with the responsibility to design, create and set up the continental energy database, and facilitate rapid dissemination of information among AU member states, Regional Economic communities in Africa, investors amongst others.


In dealing with fundamental energy issues, AFREC mandate is implemented through Six (6) main programmes/thematic areas which forms part of its new strategy, namely:

  1. The Africa Energy Information System (AEIS)
  2. Bioenergy
  3. Africa Energy Efficiency
  4. Oil and Gas
  5. Energy Transition
  6. Capacity Building

Energy for Africa

In July 2001, AFREC was established by the then Organisation of African Unity (OAU) now the African Union Commission (AUC) decision 167(XXXVII) through a Convention. The Convention entered into force on 13 December 2006 and was officially launched in February 2008. As of July 2019, 35 Member States had ratified the Convention. AFREC encourage member states to continue to deposit and ratifying the convention.

Contact Information

African Energy Commission (AFREC)
Communication and Information Unit
Office of the Executive Director
Address:02 Rue Chenoua, B.P. 791 Hydra
16035 Algiers, Algeria

Tel: +213 (0) 2345 9198
Fax: +213 (0) 2345 9200
Hashtag: #United4EnergyDevelopmentInAfrica


Author and Editor: Ms. Ndahafa Nakwafila
News Contribution: Ms. Olerato Mathodi, Kaitirire Mbaeva and Amadou Abdou M. Salissou


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