Malawi plans to import electricity from Mozambique

15 May 2012

The Malawian government is expected to start importing electricity produced at the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric facility to help overcome its power deficit, under the terms of a memorandum of understanding for the power sector signed last weekend in Maputo.

According to the Mozambican press, at the end of talks between delegations from the two countries, headed by presidents Joyce Banda, of Malawi and Armando Guebuza, of Mozambique, the Malawian foreign affairs minister, Ephraim Chiuma, said that his country saw Mozambican power as vital to make up for the lack of electricity his country is facing.

“We have an energy deficit, which has had a negative impact on the country’s economy, and thus Mozambique’s energy potential can help us solve that situation,” said Chiuma.

In his turn, Mozambique’s foreign minister, Oldemiro Baloi, said that the Mozambican government was also positive about Malawi benefitting from power produced in the country but noted that the document that had been signed was a memorandum of understanding and the practical aspects of the agreement would be dealt with from now on.

During her visit to Mozambique, Malawi’s president Sunday visited the port of Beira in Sofala province, and said at the time that her country had make better use of the port to export is products, noting that, “we are not paying enough attention to this part that can serve to increase our international trade.” (macauhub)