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‘Invest in clean cooking solutions’

DEPUTY Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Miles Sampa has urged the private sector to invest in clean cooking solutions that will improve people’s livelihoods and protect the environment.
Mr Sampa, who is also Matero member of Parliament, said investment in clean cooking solutions such as gas stoves and solar lights is vital in addressing serious health and environmental impacts among the public.
He said Zambians must be innovative by diversifying cooking solutions from charcoal, which has contributed to deforestation in the country.
Mr Sampa said this when he officiated at the opening of the newly refurbished Total service station in Matero and the launch of the partnership with Emerging Cooking Solutions on Thursday.
“Government is always happy to see business being conducted in a sustainable manner to preserve resources for the future generations.
Private companies must complement Government’s efforts by investing in new cooking solutions, to protect, preserve the environment and provide the Zambian people with access to better energy.
“The partnership will not only allow easier access to
products, but will contribute greatly to saving Zambia’s forests and promoting economic development at the very bottom of the pyramid, ” he said.
Mr Sampa said Government is also focused on developing the local market, through standardisation and quality assurance and protecting homegrown manufacturing from unfair trading practices.
Earlier, Total Zambia managing director Damien Ricour-Demus said the firm has rolled out an ambitious plan aimed at increasing access to energy by addressing the needs of communities who have no access to power.
“Total is committed to promoting and developing solar solutions for everyone and by 2017, the organisation is projected to market 45,000 solar lamps for lighting and phone charging,” he said.

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