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Angola wants fairer distribution of Zambian-generated hydropower

Luanda wants a better share of the energy production generated in the Caribbean hydroelectric plant in Zambia, as the rivers in eastern Angola contribute more than 40 billion cubic meters of water per year.


The thesis was defended by the National Director for Water Resources of Angola, Manuel Quintino, who participates, in Lusaka, capital of Zambia, in the seventh meeting of the ZAMCOM Council of Ministers (English acronym for the Zambezi River Water Course Commission), constituted in 2004, in Botswana.

The Angolan delegation is led by the Minister of Energy and Water, João Baptista Borges, who on Friday signs with his Zambian counterpart, Dennis Wanchinga, an intergovernmental memorandum of understanding, which provides for the sharing of information and the development of common projects along the border, with emphasis on the electricity sector.

At the meeting that began this Thursday, Manuel Quintino, Angola's representative at the technical level, also took to the meeting the issue of regularization of the contributions of the member countries of the commission.

Regarding the distribution of energy in the Caribbean basin, the person in charge said that the country's authorities wanted, in return, a better distribution of the electricity produced in that hydroelectric plant to benefit the Angolan municipalities bordering Zambia.

The commission is made up of Angola, which now holds the vice-presidency of ZAMCOM, with Zimbabwe in the chair, and Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Zambia.

The meeting is held to take stock of actions taken in the last two years, to approve the agenda up to 2021, to discuss the organisation's budget and to review the strategic plan of the multilateral mechanism in its entirety.