Monthly Archives: June 2018

ZAMBIA TO CONSIDER PUTTING UP GAS PIPELINE FROM NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pretoria, 27th June,2018

Zambia says it will consider putting up a gas pipeline from gas rich neighbouring countries into Zambia .

Energy Minister Matthew Nkhuwa says the importation of gas will help Meet the demand for Energy in the country.

Mr. Nkhuwa also said Zambia had heightened both oil and gas exploration and was hopeful these resources will be found and exploited.

Mr Nkhuwa says the private Sector has already shown interest in the construction of a gas pipeline from Mozambique into Zambia.

He mentioned that the alternative energy sources would reduce the demand placed on Hydro electricity supply in Zambia.

Mr Nkhuwa says Zambia needed to interact more with the neighbouring SADC Countries in order to benefit from regional development.

He was speaking at the 37th SADC Meeting of Ministers responsible for Energy and water held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg South Africa.

And Mr Nkhuwa disclosed that the energy inter-connector power project between Zambia and Tanzania has reached 50% completion rate.

He said construction of transmission lines is expected to be completed and operational by the end of the year including the kolowezi inter Connector project with Angola.

Mr Nkhuwa mentioned that the project would help evacuate power from countries of surplus to connect to countries of deficit to stabilise energy demand in the SADC region.

He added that their is need for countries to migrant to smart grid system of power supply and distribution.

He noted that the current system was outdated therefore causing damages to power plants
Meanwhile Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Mr Emmanuel Mwamba says the installed generation capacity was 68324 MW and to meet the deficit in the region,countries needed to invest in generation of power from various sources of power.

He said these include solar, wind and gas to achieve and generate mix that guarantees energy stability in the
Region.

Mrs Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations
Zambia High Commission Pretoria South Africa
Press@zambiapretoria.net

Zambia has issued a second travel advisory alert issued to truck drivers and transporters entering South Africa.

The advisory alert follows reported fresh wave of sporadic attacks on foreign registered trucks driven by foreign nationals.

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Mr Emmanuel Mwamba says truckers and truck drivers should remain alert and follow security protocols issued by the South African government

He said it was cardinal that truckers should always use highways as they were well secured with high police presence and where regular highway patrols were conducted.

Mr. Mwamba said he has been assured by the South African government of intensive security measures that have been established which included police presence at boarder and crossing points and toll gates on all major highways.

He has also called on Zambian truckers to avoid using routes which were experiencing picketing, protests or demonstrations of any kind in order to save lives and goods.

Mr Mwamba noted that trade between the two countries would not be disrupted as the government of the Republic of South Africa had assured of stringent security and safety measures.

About six Zambian registered trucks were recently caught up in seperate local violent protests

The six trucks were petrol bombed in that country following violent protests that erupted in Limpopo and Kwazulu Natal provinces, however, no lives were lost in the attacks.

GOVT, PRIVATE SECTOR COLLABORATES TO BRING ENERGY SECURITY IN ZAMBIA

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Mr Emmanuel Mwamba has underscored the need for all stakeholders to play their role in ensuring that the 10,000 megawatts power deficit in the southern region is addressed.

Speaking during a meeting organised by the Zambia -South Africa Business Forum and the ministry of Energy Office for Promoting Private Power Investment OPPI for power producers.Mr Mwamba noted that the private sector needs to take up the role of driving the energy sector and taking advantage of the investment enabling environment that has been created in Zambia as government works on diversifying power sources.

He said It is not always that government has money to address some problems but private sector ideas can actualize solutions to the energy needs of the country and the region, adding that it was up to all the stakeholders to work together in ensuring that the projects are actualized.

“I have attended many meetings where our leaders have talked about industrialization and development, they want free movement of people and free movement of goods and services and somehow it remains like mere rhetoric. So it is up to you the private sector, our office and government to find ways of ensuring that these aspirations are actualized.” He said.

Mr Mwamba added that if all the projects planned by the players in the room took off, they would address the 10 thousand megawatts power deficit in the SADC region and beyond.

South Africa as a country invests up to significant portion of funds of its national budget into the region and the trouble is we never pick up that money, for their strategic reasons, they want to invest in our energy sector to ensure that we are energy secure and our transport corridors are clear and you as investors can take advantage of that money being given to Africa for the African Union integration and also to ease trade facilitation for South African businesses. The High Commissioner said.

He noted that Zambia has sufficient water for hydro power generation, sufficient sunshine for solar, a lot of coal and many natural resources to provide alternative sources of energy. “So there is a lot of opportunity and diversity for investment in Zambia’s energy sector, take advantage of it!” He said.

The Zambian envoy to South Africa is in the country with a delegation of about 25 South African businesses interested in investing in Zambia in sectors such as mining, energy, rail transport among others.

INVESTORS CONFIDENT WITH ZAMBIA

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
Pretoria –Friday, 8th June, 2018

FORMER Republican President Mr. Rupiah Banda says investors have shown deep confidence in the Zambian economy by investing in different sectors of the country

Mr Banda says Zambia has seen an increase in investment portfolios by different investors due to the growing confidence in the Zambian economy.

Speaking at the launch of additional flit for Time Trucking Company ,a Zambian registered trucking company In Boksburg South Africa, He said the increasing confidence of investors in the Zambian economy will help create employment for the local people.

Mr Banda said he was happy that Zambia was strengthening its international diplomacy with other countries, particularly South Africa, as this will increase bilateral trade between the two countries.

He called on Zambian business entities to take advantage of the existing good relations between the two countries to expand their business operations by investing in the transportation sector.

Mr. Banda observed that the sector was cardinal to the development of the two economies as it would help to ease the transportation of goods and services

Mrs Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations.
Zambia’s High Commission, South Africa.
press@zambiapretoria.net
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ZAMBIA OPEN TO FDIS

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pretoria- Thursday 14th June 2018

Zambia says she is open to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to raise Finances for recapitalization of the railway sector.

Zambia Railways Board Chairperson Lubinda Linyama says Private Partnership was important in order to enhance strategic activities and grow business for the rail sector in Zambia.

Speaking during the 2018 Africa Rail Conference at the Convention centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, Mr. Linyama said the economic growth and development of the sector was largely dependant on infrastructure and transportation which could be done through FDIS.

He said through Private Partnership, government intends to develop 8 main greenfield railway spur that will connect the country to all regional trade Corridors.

Mr Linyama added that his firm will consider the development of an Urban railway train system to decongest Lusaka

He noted that the conference was more beneficial to Zambia as it provided a platform to engage investors and showcase the investment opportunities that exist in the country.

And Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Mr Emmanuel Mwamba says the railway sector requires that the transport corridors is jointly planned with other SADC countries that are developed.

He said he was happy with the co-operation being given to the sector by the region.

Mrs Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations
Zambia High Commission Pretoria South Africa
Press@zambiapretoria.net