— The Zambia government is developing a comprehensive roadmap to enable industry players to set specific and achievable renewable energy targets for the long and medium term.
Arnold Simwaba, energy assistant director in the Ministry of Energy and Water, said the ministry is setting up medium-term targets for 2020 and long term ones for 2030. The government, he said, wants a more planned approach towards diversification of the energy mix away from large hydropower into other renewable sources.
Zambia is currently facing a power deficit due to a drop in water levels in its reservoirs. About 90 of Zambia’s electricity come from hydro. (Zambia Daily Mail)
— A lawyer said a referendum meant to amend part three of the Zambian Constitution which deals with people’s rights failed because it was politicized.
Professor Patrick Mvunga said the referendum should have been isolated from politics of the general elections.
The referendum was held alongside the Aug. 11 general elections but flopped after it failed to attain the 50 percent threshold of those eligible to vote.
Some stakeholders, including the main opposition United Party for National Development(UPND), campaigned against the holding of the referendum alongside the elections and urged supporters not to participate in it. (Times of Zambia)
— The Zambian government said it will do everything possible to revive the textile and garment sub-sector as it has the potential to spur economic diversification and employment creation.
Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe said the government would continue to promote the implementation of policies and programs that would see the growth of the textile and garment sub-sector.
Zambia’s textile sector collapsed in the 1990s when the government liberalized the economy, resulting in local textile firms closing down as they could not compete with imported products. (Daily Nation) Enditem
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