VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina has asked China to help Zambia develop its nuclear energy potential to mitigate the country’s energy
Mrs Wina said Zambia should explore nuclear energy as an alternative source of power to meet the rising demand for power in the country for industrialisation, mining, commerce, agriculture and domestic use.
The Vice-President said this after touring Dongfang Electric Corporation (DEC) in Chengdu, China on her continued weeklong official working visit.
Dongfang Electric, which was established in 1958, is one of the world’s leading power generation equipment manufacturing company with markets across the globe.
The multibillion dollar firm, which specialises in hydro, thermal and nuclear power projects, among others, supplied the two 150 megawatts power generation equipment at the coal, powered thermal plant in Maamba.
Mrs Wina said Zambia has huge deposits of uranium which should be used to address the energy deficiency in the country.
She said Zambia is exploring alternative energy sources and nuclear power can be ideal for generation and supply to the mining sector, which is undertaking expansion activities.
“For a long time, Zambia has depended on hydropower. We have reached a point where we have to diversify energy generation to other sources. We want to go into nuclear energy,” she said.
The Vice-President said there will be need to sensitise Zambians that nuclear energy is safe and would not be used for the creation of bombs as some people would think and fear.
Dongfang Electric Corporation president Zou Lie said the company will consider Zambia’s request for assistance to develop nuclear power.
Mr Lei said Zambia and China share profound relations and that his firm is keen to assist Zambia develop her energy sector by improving her power generation through efficient power projects.
He said the use of technology is the ideal way of ensuring that Zambia and Africa bring development to their people.
Meanwhile, Mrs Wina has urged young people around the world to use their musical talents to harness peace.
Mrs Wina said music is a global language of immense influence that should be used positively by youths to reach out to the world with love.
The Vice-President said this when she officially opened the 2017 Chengdu International Sister Cities Youth Musical Festival in Chengdu, China.
The International Youth Cultural Festival draws participation from all the five continents of the world.
Africa was represented by Mozambique, Nigeria and Zambia.
Zambia’s cultural dance troupe mesmerised the Chinese audience with their feet stomping, flawless entertaining traditional dances prompting a flurry of picture taking using mobile devices.
The cultural dances were followed by a fashion show by Fay Designs showing patterns from Zambia.
Mrs Wina challenged the youths to use the festival to promote global cultural co-operation and integration.
She said youths should strive to understand each other’s culture, in order to break barriers and bring communities closer.
Mrs Wina said today’s society has become interdependent hence the need for increased people to people interactions. – ZANIS