“RENEWABLE ENERGY IN ZAMBIA – OPPORTUNITIES FOR FRENCH & ZAMBIAN COMPANIES”

The French-Zambian Chamber of Commerce (FZCC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, the French Embassy in Zambia and the Institute for Finance and Economics (IFE), held a conference on “Renewable Energy in Zambia” at Mulungushi International Conference Centre on 27th-28th October 2020.

The two-day conference was not only the opportunity to assess the potential of the renewable energy sector in Zambia and its prospects in the near future, but also to highlight the achievements of French and Zambian companies involved in renewables. It allowed the private sector to interact with public stakeholders and debate on specific topics through thematic workshops.

The event attracted both local and international companies who expressed keen interest in investing in the energy sector in Zambia.

Both the opening ceremony and the inauguration of the sponsors’ exhibition stands were presided over by the Zambian Minister of Energy, Hon. Matthew Nkhuwa.

It was attended by 150 people, some of them having flown from South Africa and France.

The Zambian Ambassador to France, H.E. Dr. Kaseba Sata, came all the way from Paris to honor us with her presence. She was sharing the high table seats with Hon. Minister of Energy, H.E. Sylvain Berger French Ambassador to Zambia, and H.E. Jacek Jankowski European Union Ambassador to Zambia.

In his speech, the Minister of Energy focused on the willingness of the Zambian government to support the energy sector in Zambia:
“The government of Zambia pledges to continue to support all private companies, French and Zambian, in further development of the energy sector by investment policy that allows for the identification of investment opportunities in renewable energy”.

In these uncertain times of Covid-19 pandemic, the organization of such an event was more than usual a challenge.

This high-level meeting was made possible thanks to the full support and commitment of all our sponsors:

EDF, NEOEN, LAFARGE, FNB, ENGIE POWER CORNER, TOTAL, AFRICA GREENCO, COPPERBELT ENERGY CORPORATION, GDS INTERNATIONAL (with EARTH TECHNOLOGIES & BLUE SOLUTIONS) and RAZEL BEC.

Technical support was provided by our partners:
MANIC CREATIVES and LIQUID TELECOM.

The event succeeded in gathering business top executives, officials from the Ministry of Energy and Zambian Institutions, representatives from international organizations such as the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the European Union Delegation to Zambia (EU).

Among the participants were also FZCC board members, members and guests:

Bollore Transport & Logistics, Bureau Veritas, Saro Agro Industrial, Musa Dudhia & Co, D.H. Engineering, Agova, Rugare Enterprise, Moira Mukuka Legal Practitioners, Kasanka National Park, Voltalia, Kalahari GeoEnergy, Standard Microgrid, Synwave Power Zambia, Families Are Nations, Mphepo Power, Upepo Energy.

All the companies sponsoring the conference were able to make a presentation of their renewable activities in front of the audience.

Six thematic workshops were conducted over the 2 days:

FINANCING, SOLAR/On and Off-Grid, BIOENERGY, HYDRO, WIND, and REGULATION / On & Off-Grid.
Each thematic workshop focused on a specific area of discussion. The workshops started with a series of presentations; virtual as well as onsite presentations. This was followed by an open discussion with panelists and finally closed with a question and answer session. 

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CONFERENCE PROGRAM.  

Links have been provided below for all the conference presentations and official speeches.

Official Opening Speeches:

Click here to read the Speech by the Zambian Minister of Energy
Click here to read the Speech by the Zambian Ambassador to France
Click here to read the Speech by the EU Ambassador to Zambia
Click here to read the Speech by FZCC Executive Director

Presentations by Sponsoring Companies:

Click here to see  EDF presentation
Click here to see ENGIE PowerCorner presentation
Click here to see NEOEN presentation
Click here to see LAFARGE presentation
Click here to see TOTAL presentation
Click here to see FNB presentation
Click here to see CEC presentation
Click here to see AFRICA GREENCO presentation
Click here to see GDS INTERNATIONAL (with BLUE SOLUTIONS and EARTH TECHNOLOGIES) presentation  

Presentations by Financial Institutions:
“Presentation of available financing incentives”

Click here to see  Agence Française de Développement (AFD) presentation
Click here to see the European Union (EU) presentation

Overview of the Energy Sector in Zambia:

Click here to see the Ministry of Energy Overview presentation

Workshops Presentations:

1. Financing/Funding incentives
“Project Financing & Incentives for public and private sectors”

Click here to see First National Bank (FNB) presentation

2. Solar/On and Off-Grid
“Solar technologies as a solution to energy challenges”

Click here to see ENGIE PowerCorner Off-grid presentation
Click here to see NEOEN On-Grid presentation
Click here to see EDF (Standard Micro Grid SMG) presentation 
Click here to see the TOTAL solarization of petrol stations presentation 
Click here to see REA (Rural Electrification Authority) presentation

3. Bioenergy
“Collaboration for the development of a sustainable bioenergy sector”

Click here to see LAFARGE geocycle presentation

4. Hydro 
“Unlocking the potential of small hydro as a renewable source of energy”

Click here to see EDF presentation

5. Wind
“Harnessing the potential of wind energy”

Click here to see UPEPO presentation
Click here to see Mpepho power presentation

6. Regulation On & Off-Grid
“Developing renewable energy in an on-grid and off-grid space”

Click here to see Energy Regulation Board (ERB) Licensing Procedure presentation
Click here to see Energy Regulation Board (ERB) Electricity Act presentation

Conference Photos and Videos:

Click here to see  some Photos 
Click here to watch a Video (Courtesy of Lafarge)

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