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Association of Power Utilities of Africa

The Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA) is an international non-governmental association formed in 1970 with its headquarters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. 

Formerly known as the Union of Producers, Transporters and Distributors of Electrical Power on Africa (UPDEA), the change of denomination occurred in 2012. APUA have 56 active members in 46 African countries, 20 affiliate members and some associate and observer members in Africa and Europe.

APUA's purpose is to promote the development and integration of the African electrical sector, the dissemination of best practices of management, the exchange of experience and know-how, mutualised training of staff, as well as joint exploitation of the energy resources based on a 'win-win' approach for all members.

One of APUA's flagship projects since its repositioning and following the adoption of its strategic action plan is the creation of the African Network of Centers of Excellence in Electricity to address performance issues faced by African power utilities due to the lack of human resources in quality and quantity.

The project has the financial support of the AFD (French Development Agency) and the AfDB (African Development Bank).