Lusaka, Zambia Breaking News 22 Jan 2023

By Peter Kayula
Lusaka, Zambia, January 22, 2023 - A United Nations Agency and an Input and Export Bank have teamed up to turn the African continent into a “beacon of innovation”, less than two years after 24 developed countries made a commitment in Glasgow to work towards zero emission cars by 2040.
The United Nations Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Africa Input and Export Bank (AIEB), say they are geared to getting the engines revved up for the fulfillment of a common clean energy governance framework by actualizing the car battery project between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
At the United Nations Climate Change Summit (COP26) in Glasgow in 2021 about 24 developed countries and a group of major car manufacturers such as Ford, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover and Mercedes Benz committed to work towards zero emission cars by 2040 to meet the Paris Agreement goals including limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
The two multilateral institutions will play a key role in the feasibility studies of the car battery project with two production plants earmarked for the Southern African country, Zambia’s Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Chipoka Mulenga announced recently in Ndola on January 9, 2023.
Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo signed a cooperation agreement in April last year to facilitate the development of value chain in electric car batteries and clean energy sector.
The agreement lead to a Zambia – DRC Cooperation Agreement on the Establishment of the Value Chain in the Electric Battery and Clean Energy sector under a common governance framework called DRC – Zambia Battery Council.
Zambia’s minister quickly laid out four priorities for the project - with the creation of massive green jobs for the youths and transitioning to a clean energy pathway making the cut. This includes as a major initiative to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and climate change effects in the two countries.
But he made no explicit mention of the current economic situation of the two African countries, given the damage done during the Covid-19 pandemic— millions of people are now facing a marked reversal of decades of progress.
Peter Kayula is a journalist, author and part-time university lecturer based in Lusaka, Zambia. He has 15 years of media experience and he is the co-founder of The Cross Border Magazine, A pan-African publication established in 2016. He published his first book Rumour of An Angel under the Amazon books in 2017, followed by another classic Trade, Investment and African Society a year later in2018. He is also the 2021 International Centre for Journalists knight International Journalism (ICFJ) Award nominee.
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