The European Commission is to provide a €6.5 million grant with which to help west Africa’s Liberia liberalise its power sector.

According to the EC, the liberalisation process requires external technical assistance after 15 years of deadlock and is expected to begin in the capital Monrovia.

The EC has put up the project up for tender to the end of October this year and there are on-going discussions between the Liberian government and its international development partners regarding a proposed private management and operation of strategic sectors, which could include the electricity sector.