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President Hichilema Lauds Inauguration of 60 MW Solar Plant Amidst Regional Power Crisis

President Hakainde Hichilema led the inauguration of the 60 MW CEC Itimpi Solar Plant in Kitwe, Zambia. Expressing utmost delight, President Hichilema extended hearty congratulations to the company for accomplishing the project swiftly, noting its critical significance amidst the prevailing power shortage crisis gripping both the nation and the surrounding region.

“This commissioning comes at a crucial juncture as we confront a severe power deficit threatening energy and food security, and ultimately, national stability,” remarked President Hichilema. 

He commended the initiative of investing in alternative energy sources beyond hydroelectric power, which has been adversely affected by El Niño, stressing the commendable contribution of such endeavors in alleviating the prevailing power deficit.

Moreover, President Hichilema emphasized the imperative of fostering collaboration among potential investors in the energy sector, urging them to eschew unnecessary rivalry that impedes industry growth and undermines the nation’s economic agenda. “We must unite and support each other,” he asserted, highlighting the abundant opportunities within the energy sector.

Encouraging CEC and other prospective investors to seize the momentum, President Hichilema underscored the vast potential for exponential expansion within the industry, affirming a ready market for all stakeholders. 

He reiterated the government’s commitment to creating an enabling environment for sustainable growth and development in the energy sector.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by dignitaries, industry leaders, and stakeholders, symbolizing a significant milestone towards achieving energy security and fostering economic prosperity in Zambia.

Quote from President Hichilema: “Today marks a pivotal moment in our journey towards energy resilience and sustainable development. Let us harness the power of collaboration and innovation to propel our nation towards a brighter future.”

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