Table 1 sub saharan africa posttax subsidies for petroleum and quasi fi scal defi cits of power sector 54 supplement case studies on energy subsidy reform in sub saharan africa experiences and lessons 1 case studies in fuel subsidy reform 73 a ghana 73 b namibia 79 c nig er 84 d nigeria 91 2. Reforming energy fuel and electricity subsidies in sub saharan africa ssa is critical to ensuring future energy supply to realize africas growth potential although subsidies continue to absorb a large share of public resources power generation and access levels in ssa remain well below those in other low income countries. The reform of energy subsidies is an import ant but challenging issue for sub saharan african ssa countries there is a relatively large theore tical and empirical literature on. Explicit subsidies to petroleum products and energy in sub saharan africafigure a2 shows the prevalence of explicit subsidies for petroleum products left hand side and for electricity right hand side subsidies for petroleum products are pervasive with 21 countries 60 percent of the sample adopting some form of explicit subsidy. International monetar y fund african department energy subsidy reform in sub saharan africa experiences and lessons a staff team led by trevor alleyne
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