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A broader energy strategy?

Zambia does not currently have a broader and coherent energy policy, beyond the call for ZESCO to cut costs, asking the mines to pay higher costs for energy and the pursuit of a stalled rural electrification plan. Part of the problem is the IMF and World BankAn-Interview-With-Alan-Patricof preoccupation with the need for ZESCO to raise its tariff charges, couple with the occassional blame game. Whatever the IMF / World is preoccupied with at the time tends to capture the Government attention. At the moment, its ensuring ZESCO raises its tariffs and moves towards commercial (they have abandoned privitisation calls). Its comes as a relief therefore to see that Government is now considering broader spectrum of measures to address the current energy crisis….(read more)