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Zambia to set up energy task team

ANGELA CHISHIMBA, Lusaka
THE Zambia International Energy Conference (ZIEC) closed on November 27, 2014 with commitment to set up a national task team to spearhead the recommendations of the meeting.
The commitment was made by the department of energy under the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development.
“Government commits to ensure that the task team is constituted so that we begin to put into place some of the recommendations that have been put forward by the conference,” Department of Energy director Charles Mulenga said.
Mr Mulenga said the ministry has an action plan in place and a national development plan whose objective needs to be achieved.
“As such, we are going to take a key role in terms of ensuring that we drive this process since there is a lot that needs to be done,” he said.
“The next step is indeed implementation…[Government will] do whatever is necessary to facilitate the unlocking of the energy sector to increased investment,” said Mr Mulenga.
Earlier, Stanbic Bank chief executive officer Charles Mudiwa said in his closing remarks that the conference provided an investment platform for those with ideas to get partners and funding.
Mr Mudiwa said, “So from a knowledge sharing and discussion between what Government thinks and what the private sector thinks and how we can find a point of convergence, I think the conference has provided that platform…Importantly, it provided us an action plan on how to go forward. What are the actions that we need to do to go forward and what are the buttons that we need to press as we go forward to deal with our technology and deal with our energy sector.
One of the conference recommendations and actions points include establishment of a stakeholder task team that will engage and see through the transformation that we require for the Zambian energy sector.

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