Stakeholders gather in Zambia to launch the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) country action process

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Government officials, representatives of international organizations, private sector and civil society, gathered from May 4-6, 2016 in Chimbombo, Zambia, for the official kick-off workshop of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) country action process in Zambia.

Organized by the Ministry of Energy and Water of Zambia, the workshop marked the launch of the development of the SE4All Action Agenda and Investment Prospectus in Zambia. The workshop took place in the framework of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4All) launched by the United Nations Secretary General in 2011. SE4All is a multi-stakeholder partnership between Governments, international organizations, cooperating partners, private sector, and civil society, with three interlinked objectives to be achieved by 2030, namely: ensuring universal access to modern energy services; doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

The SE4All country action process includes several stages, in particular the preparation of an Action Agenda and an Investment Prospectus. The Action Agenda is an umbrella energy sector development strategic document and also constitutes a national response to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 7 on energy adopted in September 2015 by the UN General Assembly that strives to “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern and energy for all”. The Action Agenda will draw on the many ongoing activities in Zambia’s energy sector and be aligned with Zambia’s commitments contained in its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) on climate change.

Brigadier General Emeldah Chola, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Water Development, reiterated in her opening remarks that Zambia embraced the SE4All Initiative and that access to modern energy services is fundamental to human development and an investment in our collective future. She further underlined that the SE4All Initiative has brought together leadership from all sectors of society and that “working together, we can achieve a broad-based transformation of the country’s energy systems and build a more prosperous, healthier, cleaner and safer country for this and future generations.” Furthermore, the Permanent Secretary confirmed the Government’s support and commitment towards implementing and achieving the three set goals of the Initiative. 

Daniel-Alexander Schroth, the SE4All Africa Hub Coordinator, praised the Government of Zambia for its commitment to the SE4All Initiative and stressed that “the Action Agenda and Investment Prospectus process envisages to bring together all relevant energy stakeholders in Zambia around a common set of objectives and priority actions with a view to mobilize the required resources to realize these objectives.”

The two-day workshop provided an opportunity for exchanges on ongoing activities in the energy sector, trajectories and possible priority actions. During the workshop, five thematic groups on access to electricity; access to clean cooking solutions; energy efficiency; renewable energy and regulatory framework and financing mechanisms, were set-up to help define the objectives and identify the priority areas of the Action Agenda. The African Development Bank supports the Zambia SE4All process with technical assistance delivered by the consulting firm SOFRECO and financed via the African Climate Technology Centre (ACTC) following a request from the Government of Zambia.

Energy is a key priority for Africa, for the African Development Bank and for the Republic of Zambia. The Government of the Republic of Zambia will host the AfDB’s Annual Meetings scheduled from May 23-27, 2016 in Lusaka. This year the Annual Meeting’s theme will be “Energy and Climate Change”, which links directly to the New Deal on Energy for Africa spearheaded by the President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina.

Media contacts:

AfDB: Olivia Ndong Obiang, Principal Communication Officer, T. +225 20 26 45 84,

Ministry of Energy and Water, Republic of Zambia, Oscar S. Kalumiana, Director Department of Energy, T. +260 211 25 13 37,

Technical contacts:

AfDB: Daniel-Alexander Schroth, SE4All Africa Hub Coordinator,

Ministry of Energy and Water, Republic of Zambia: Harriet Zulu, SE4All Focal Point, T. +260 979 15 06 53,

SOFRECO: Michel Layec, Team Leader, T. +1 301 365 4892,

                 Mushiba Nyamazana, National Expert, T. +260 966 51 72 02,

SE4All Africa Hub

The SE4All Africa Hub is hosted by the African Development Bank in partnership with the African Union Commission, the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency and UNDP. Africa is at the forefront of the implementation of the SE4All Initiative: 44 countries have joined the Initiative and SE4All Action Agendas and Investment Prospectuses are under development or being finalized in 28 and 18 countries, respectively.