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MINISTER of Agriculture and Livestock Wylbur Simuusa with World Bank Country representative Kundhavi Kadiresan in during the launch of a US$115 million investment support fund (ISF) under the irrigation development and support project (IDSP) in Lusaka yesterday.- Picture by COLLINS PHIRI.

‘Unbundling power sector is good’

World Bank country director for Zambia Kundhavi Kadiresan says unbundling of the power sector in Zambia can trigger competition and efficiency.
Ms Kadiresan has said, however, that these benefits can only be realised if the sector has a supporting operational environment.
Ms Kadiresan said in her presentation to the parliamentary committee on economic affairs, energy and labour at parliament yesterday that the power sector must have cost-reflective tariffs, effective regulation and operational autonomy of power utilities before unbundling can be done.
She said the World Bank is calling for autonomy, non-interference by government or anyone, and independence of the power sector before it can be unbundled, and that access and investment are key issues for Zambia’s power sector.