By FRANK MUKUPA
Zambia’s Ambassador to Brazil, Alfreda Kansembe-Mwamba has held bilateral talks with Brazil’s Sugar, Ethanol and Energy companies in an effort to find partners to help establish the Biofuel industry in Zambia.
In the Brazilian city of Pirajuba shortly after she toured Energy Plants, Dr. Kansembe-Mwamba was assured by her hosts, the Usina Santo Angelo company that prospects for business with Zambia were high due to the country’s attractive investment climate.
Usina Santo Angelo Company Chief Executive, Jose Luiz Balardin urged Zambia to start producing sugar cane on a massive scale due to its economic benefits.
The Brazilian company plans to visit Zambia in 2020 to kick-start prospects of investing in clean energy and generate business opportunities for Zambians.
Usina Santo Angelo company produces 3, 300 000 tons of sugarcane, 80, 000 M3 of ethanol and 200 000 mega watts of electricity from the harvested sugarcane.
Dr Kansembe-Mwamba told the Brazilian company that Zambia was in a hurry to develop the Biofuel industry and reduce the dependence on hydro power production which gobbles colossal sums of money.
Dr Kansembe-Mwamba was delighted with Brazil’s support towards the energy sector and thanked the Mayor of Pirajuba, Rui Gomes Ramos for inviting the Embassy and for his pledged support towards Zambia’s quest for clean energy.
Brazil’s total ethanol exports were estimated at 1.8 billion litres, which had increased from last year’s production.
This was according to the statement Issued by First Secretary (Press and Public Relations) Zambian Embassy, Brazil, Grace Makowane.