Trade / Investment Fairs & Exhibitions
Southern Africa is facing very serious power shortages that are threatening the economic well being of all the countries in the Region that encompases the Southern African Power Pool at a technical front and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the East Africa Community (EAC).
The region is already endowed with the following following energy generation sources across the area covered by the three (3) Regional Economic Groupings stated above:
- Coal – Thermal Power Generation
- Natural Gas – Gas Generation
- Biomass – Thermal Power Generation
- Uranium – Nuclear Power Generation
- Sun – Solar Power Generation
- Water – Hydro Power Generation
- Wind – Wind Power Generation
There are various power / energy development projects in the region:
USAID through its Power AFrica projects has supported the development of the following:
- 3,180 Megawatts (MW) of electricity generation projects in South Africa. The make up of these projects is 1876.97MW – Wind; 1272.9MW – Solar; 25MW – MW; 4.7MW – Hydro.
- Power Africa has supported the development of 208 Megawatts (MW) of electricity generation projects in Zambia and the make up of the projects is as follows 120MW – Hydro; 75.7MW – Solar.
- Power Africa has supported the development of 12 Megawatts (MW) of electricity generation projects in Malawi and it is all Hydro.
- Power Africa has supported the development of 80.5 Megawatts (MW) of electricity generation projects in Mozambique and the make up is 40.5MW – Solar; 40MW – Natural Gas
Transport & Logistics Sector
The Southern & East Africa Transport Network is facing many challenges and these have resulted in the lack lustre performance of the economies in the Region. The Infrastructure is dated and has suffered many years of bad if not non-existent maintenance. We are therefore at a stage where we need NEW Infrastructure but most importantly need to modernise and upgrade what we currently have as a region first. the Infrastructure that needs a complete revamp includes but is not limited to the following:
- Railways Infrastructure and Rolling Stock
- Road Network
- Airport Network
- Inland and Sea Ports
Multi – Modal Hubs
In developing the above infrastructure, Southern and Eastern Africa needs to take a leaf from the development model and scale done by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the last Twenty (20) years. There is a need to do integrated planning and create multi-modal hubs that link Road, Rail and Rail transportation.