LUSAKA (Xinhua) --
nations have signed an agreement which would culminate into the
signing of an official document to kick-start a long awaited
jointed power connector project, the Times of Zambia has reported.
Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya have signed the framework
agreement that paves way for the signing of an official document
to kick- start the long-awaited Zambia-Tanzania-Kenya power
The three countries have since re-energized their efforts and
commitment to ensure that the project which had been pending for
over a decade was realized, according to Zambian Minister
responsible for mines, energy and water development Christopher
"This project is brilliant and has numerous benefits which
include poverty reduction.
"We want to ensure that even people in rural areas enjoy the
benefits of electricity," he was quoted as saying by the paper
after a signing ceremony in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.
According to the Zambian minister, there was need to redefine
the way forward for the implementation of the project and has
since reaffirmed his government’s commitment to the realization
of the power connector project.
While acknowledging the slow pace which implementation of the
project had been taking, the Zambian minister called for
The power project would link the East African Power Pool (EAPP)
to the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) and will promote
electricity trade, enhanced trade and security of electricity
supply and foster regional integration, he added.
The Zambian minister further said the project would stimulate
investment in power generation to meet demand from the large
market that would be created by the interconnection.
The main document, the Heads of Agreement, is expected to be
signed on Nov. 3 in Zambia’s southern city, Livingston.
Africa’s largest trading bloc, the Common Market for Eastern
and Southern Africa (COMESA), has since welcomed the steps taken
by the three countries towards the realization of the power
Kipyego Cheruget, the organization’s assistant secretary-
general said he was hopeful that the main agreement would be
signed so that the project would be executed.