A senior Zambian government official said on Tuesday that the southern African nation was lagging behind in achieving its medium and long-term national electrification targets.

The southern African nation has set the targets of achieving 91 percent electrification for urban areas by 2030 and 51 percent rural electrification in the same period, according to energy minister Mathew Nkhuwa.

But in remarks delivered at the official start of a Renewable Energy Solutions for Africa Conference in Lusaka, the country’s capital, the official said the country was still lagging behind in its targets.

According to him, there was need to scale up the country’s electricity generation mix which was predominantly hydro by embracing diverse renewable energy sources if the targets were to be attained.

He noted that contribution of renewable energy sources to the total energy mix was only about 1 percent, hence the need for more investment in renewable energy.

Gianluca Azzoni, European Union (EU) delegation leader to Zambia, said consistent efforts were needed to strengthen the governance of the energy sector in the country in order to attract more private sector investment.

The country, he said, also needed to put in place appropriate measures that will attract private sector investments in the energy sector and pledged the EU’s commitment to support authorities.
Figure shows that only 27 percent of the population in Zambia has access to electricity in 2016, according to the World Bank. Enditem

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