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Malawi hosts regional energy meet

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By Chimwemwe Mangazi:

MAGALASI—We have scrutinized inputs

Malawi is from Tuesday hosting a four-day Regional Electricity Regulatory Association of Southern Africa (Rera) summit in Lilongwe.

Delegates from at least 11 member states are expected to be part of the meeting at which they will discuss the energy crisis in the region.

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This is coming at a time Malawi is facing an energy crisis.

Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) Chief Executive Officer, Collins Magalasi, Monday said Malawi would use the forum to discuss on regional power interconnection issues.

“We would also be looking at challenges that are facing the electricity and energy sector in the region,” Magalasi said.

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Magalasi said delegates would also discuss energy sector governance.

Countries forming Rera include Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, Angola, Lesotho, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

In Malawi, where less than 12 percent of the population has access to the electricity grid, the lack of reliable power supply is a major constraint to business and economic growth.

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