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Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya to revive jointed connector project

LUSAKA (Xinhua) -- Three African 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 project.

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 Yaluma.

"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 accelerated efforts.

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 project.

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.



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