Ministry of Energy, Ghana / State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of the Embassy of Switzerland (SECO) - Development of Local Content Database Management System Software For local participation programme of the Electricity Supply Industry (ESI)
The Government of Ghana, with financial support from the Government of the Swiss Confederation, sought to implement and develop a database management system software for a structured local participation program for the Electricity Supply Industry (ESI). The objective of the program was to increase local participation in development of the ESI value chain to improve efficiency electricity and clean energy distribution in the country.
The Government of Ghana established the Ghana Energy Development and Access Project (GEDAP) to ensure long-term support to the economy and sustainability of the power sector. The third phase of the GEDAP project required that the minimum level of local content and local participation in all aspects of the ESI value chain was targeted to be at least 60% by the end of 2025. To operationalise the ESI’s local content and participation target, there was a need to develop a software that ensured appropriate data collation, analysis, monitoring, and reporting.
The design and development of the database management system were contracted to Bewsys by the Ministry of Energy through its GEDAP Secretariat. In scoping the requirements of the Local Content Database Management System software, the Bewsys consulting team assessed the objectives of the program to understand the levels of participation desired and the operational sub-sectors within the ESI. Bewsys worked closely with the Energy Commission to deliver the solution. The system was custom-built on the monitoring and evaluation, document and library, reporting, and system administration of the Bewsys Regulatory MIS.
In the design process, the system was designed to consider data collection functions, information analysis, and a report generation system. The type of data collated was on factors such as electricity transmission, electricity distribution, electricity sales service; and conventional power supply. In collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, The Energy Commission and the GEDAP Secretariat, the system was piloted to ensure the functionality and feasibility before full scale-up of the system. Additionally, the Bewsys technical team provided capacity building support and hands-on training to the technical managers and user administrators of the system.
The introduction of the Local Content Database Management System software increased the attraction of local value-added investments into the power sector. Also, there has been increased economic activities within the ESI since the introduction of the database management system. This contributes to building strong and transparent institutions, clean and affordable energy, and enhancing economic growth within the local industries.
With efficient knowledge-based supply chains in electricity production and distribution, we can contribute towards the SDG of providing reliable electricity to 2.6 billion people in developing countries who do not have access to constant electricity.