President Edgar Lungu and his PF government have agreed to export more ZESCO electricity power to Mozambique when Zambians are in darkness, this is according to the statement by State House Press Secretary Amos Chanda.
ZANIS reports from Maputo that Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations to the President Amos Chanda said this in a briefing with the Zambian journalists in Maputo last evening.
Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi last evening held a bilateral meeting with his Zambian counterpart Edgar Lungu to discuss various economic development aspects aimed at promoting economic growth between the two countries.
According to Mr. Chanda some of the issues discussed include Mozambique’s interest in importing power from Zambia.
Mr. Chanda said to this effect, President Lungu assured Mr. Nyusi that the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation limited (ZESCO) Managing Director Victor Mundende will be engaging in discussions with that country’s management of the utility company in order for the two parties to agree on how the programme of power can be exported from Zambia to Mozambique.
The two leaders further discussed the energy connectivity.
The interconnections between Zambia and Mozambique will be between Chipata and Matambo substation, which is 20 kilometres from Tete district.
At the moment, ZESCO is undertaking a project where it is constructing a 330 KV line from Pensulo in Serenje in Central province into Chipata in Eastern province.
The project is expected to be completed by August this year.
The undertaking of such project is key as it will link Zambia with other countries in the SADC region thereby making the country become a hub in electricity.
This also means that the utility company will be able to export power in order to increase in its revenue base.
Other issues of discussion tabled were those of the two countries’ financing of the cooperation to create a basis for business opportunities and where bottlenecks that affect the business activities between the two states will be highlighted.
The two Heads of State have also assigned their Ministers of Foreign Affairs to consider the subject of the Joint Permanent Commission (JPC).
The two leaders further discussed how their countries can add value to the famous Mukula tree as the product is exported from Zambia to Mozambique and for onward export to Asia.
Mr. Chanda said the issues discussed during the bilateral meeting will also be the focus of business when President Lungu undertakes his state visit to Mozambique in August this year on a date which has been set tentatively.
And commenting on Zambia’s sacrifice for Mozambique’s struggle for independence in 1975, Mr. Chanda said President Nyusi has paid tribute to Zambia’s first president Kenneth Kaunda for the immense role he played.
“President Nyusi has praised his counterpart President Lungu for coming along with Dr. Kaunda in celebrating Mozambique’s 40th independence anniversary,” Mr. Chanda explained.
President Lungu was this morning expected to leave Mozambique.
He will proceeding for his campaign trail to Mfuwe, Petauke and Mulobezi constituencies to drum up support for the Patriotic Front (PF) party’s candidates in the June 30 parliamentary by-elections this year.
President Lungu was in Mozambique to attend that country’s 40 years of independence anniversary.
The Zambian Head of State’s visit to Mozambique was on invitation of that country’s government.