Fifteen countries from across Southern Africa met at the Southern African Energy and Infrastructure Summit in Maputo to search for solutions that will ensure continuous power supply for their inhabitants.
Improving the supply of electricity will only be possible with more and better infrastructure, the summit found.
Marcelina Mataveia, Deputy Director of Energy Mozambique, argued that it will be necessary to invest in the diversification of energy sources for the country to have enough electricity for both domestic consumption and export.
“We are not only looking for energy sources, but we have to work out how different energy sources complement each other, to bring greater energy security to the country and beyond. Mozambique can contribute to the energy supply in the region,” Mataveia said.
In addition to the energy generated by the Cahora Bassa dam in Tete province, Mozambique is exploring the energy potential of gas and coal. However, there are still challenges to overcome, such as identifying the solutions best able to boost the country’s economy.
The deputy director believes that it is necessary first of all to create an investment friendly environment. “We intend to create a favourable business environment in order to give our people greater access to reliable, energy,” she says. “We face major challenges, such as production, transport and power supply quality.”
The Southern African Energy and Infrastructure Summit took place 4 – 6 May in Maputo, Mozambique with the participation of Mozambique, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Madagascar, Mauritius, Zambia and Malawi.
Source Deutsche Welle