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Empowering Economic Growth: The Transformative Impact of Elеctricity Access in ECOWAS and ASEAN Member States

Access to electricity is essential for a country’s economic development since it paves the way for the growth of many different industries, businesses, and households. This study underscores the potential relationship between economic growth and access to electricity by examining the significant differences in economic development metrics between the member states of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). From the 1960s to 2019, ECOWAS has lagged behind ASEAN regarding electricity access and economic growth, while ASEAN has experienced rapid and tremendous economic growth within the same period. By comparing their respective starting points in the 1960s, just after independence, to 2019, this study seeks to analyse the impact of electricity access on the economic development of the two regional blocs. The methodology employed in this study involves a literature review and analyses of secondary data from various sources. The study noted several challenges confronting ECOWAS in its pursuit to enhance access to electricity that could spur economic growth in the region. These challenges include, but are not limited to, poor infrastructure, affordability constraints, political instability, and high transmission and distribution losses. The findings provide valuable insights into the critical role of electricity access in spurring economic development and offer guidance on how ECOWAS can draw lessons from ASEAN’s experiences to drive economic growth through enhanced and efficient increase in electricity access rates across its member states.

Electricity Access, Grid Reliability, System Losses, Rural Electrification, Regional Integration

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Fiasorgbor, N. K., Abdulai, R. A. T. (2024). Empowering Economic Growth: The Transformative Impact of Elеctricity Access in ECOWAS and ASEAN Member States. International Journal of Energy and Power Engineering, 13(1), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.11648/j.ijepe.20241301.11

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Fiasorgbor, N. K.; Abdulai, R. A. T. Empowering Economic Growth: The Transformative Impact of Elеctricity Access in ECOWAS and ASEAN Member States. Int. J. Energy Power Eng. 2024, 13(1), 1-13. doi: 10.11648/j.ijepe.20241301.11

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Fiasorgbor NK, Abdulai RAT. Empowering Economic Growth: The Transformative Impact of Elеctricity Access in ECOWAS and ASEAN Member States. Int J Energy Power Eng. 2024;13(1):1-13. doi: 10.11648/j.ijepe.20241301.11

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