By Christopher Chisi
The Rural Electrification Authority (REA) has signed a 5-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) in its continued efforts to upscale electricity uptake in rural communities.
Among the activities that will be implemented under the MOU include facilitating the provision of electricity infrastructure in rural areas with the potential investment in order to attract private investors.
Other activities include providing matching grants for electricity connections to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in rural areas depending on the availability of resources and facilitating for CEEC to undertake entrepreneurship training programs for rural communities in order to enhance community productivity.
And speaking during the signing ceremony held in Lusaka REA Chief Executive Officer Geoffrey Musonda expressed confidence that the partnership between REA and CEEC will foster economic emancipation without leaving anyone behind in line with the country’s seventh national development plan (SNDP).
Musonda has since urged people in rural communities where the activities will be rolled out to rise to the occasion and utilize the opportunity.
And CEEC Director General Likando Mukumbuta believes that the signing of the agreement is a significant stride in fulfilling the commission’s mandate of promoting broad-based economic empowerment for targeted citizens.
Mukumbuta said that through its strategy of citizen-driven industrialization that is already showing promising success, the commission is now one of the leading agents of government in rural industrializations