Working with Partner Countries
BeninIn 2015, MCC and the Government of Benin signed the $375 million Benin Power Compact to improve access to electricity for its citizens. Lack of access to electricity constrained economic growth in the country, where only one-third of the population has access to the grid. The Government of Benin is contributing an additional $28 million in support of the compact.
“The MCC compact is the most important envelope of investment ever in the history of Benin that has created deep commitments for this and the next administration.”
Lionel Zinsou, Prime Minister of Benin (2015–2016)
GhanaIn 2014, MCC and the Government of Ghana signed the $498 million Ghana Power Compact—the largest U.S. Government transaction under Power Africa to date—to help create a financially viable power sector that will meet the current and future needs of businesses and households. The compact takes a system-wide approach across three areas: distribution, generation and access to energy. The compact also supports Ghana’s efforts to build climate resiliency by funding major energy-efficient initiatives and improving the investment climate for renewable energy. The Government of Ghana is commitment to implementing necessary reforms to make the power sector sustainable and financially sound, which will improve the investment climate for private investment. The compact, which is supplemented by the government’s pledge of at least a $37 million contribution, is expected to generate about $4 billion in new private investment and activity in the coming years.
LiberiaIn 2015, MCC and the Government of Liberia signed a $257 million compact that aims to strengthen the power sector through policy reforms and infrastructure investments. The compact includes the rehabilitation of the Mt. Coffee Hydroelectric Plant and associated infrastructure, development of a training center for technicians in the electricity sector, the creation of an independent energy sector regulator, and the development of a nationwide approach to road planning and maintenance. The Mt. Coffee project has already received investments from the Governments of Norway and Germany and the European Investment Bank. MCC is studying complementary investments in training and technical assistance for the energy sector, the Ministry of Land, Mines and Energy, and the Liberia Electric Corporation. This partnership complements the U.S. Government’s efforts to help Liberia recover from the Ebola outbreak.
“We worked to pass the required indicators, including control of corruption that made us eligible for a compact with the Millennium Challenge Corporation… Power is a major priority under the compact. The promise of BIG LIGHTS tomorrow is now close at hand.”
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia (2006-2018)