During the week of September 21, 2015, a delegation from USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub traveled to Zambia where it met with energy and environment counterparts from USAID/Zambia and held consultations with the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) in the run-up to a workshop that was held on September 22 to discuss the final stages of the Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff (REFIT) regulations and pricing development.
The Trade Hub has worked closely with Zambian partners to develop the REFIT system, which the ERB aims to make operational within the next few months. The delegation also conducted interviews, visited storage warehouses, farms and processing plants of Strategic Partnership Grant recipients and stakeholders to witness the impact of the Trade Hub’s technical, financial, and capacity building assistance on the agriculture sector partners.
The Trade Hub is producing a number of short video products designed to capture the diverse, market-oriented activities and successes from the past five years of the program. This will include at least seven short videos showcasing the impact of the strategic partnership grants on enterprise development, groundnut output, and income generation for smallholder farmers as well as highlighting the potential for renewable energy development in Zambia.
Photo (Left to right): COMACO Production Manager Chisanga Shula, Trade Hub Private Sector Engagement Specialist Kevin Kabunda, Pilot Letsatsi Struyf, Trade Hub Strategic Communications Advisor Brian McCotter, COMACO Marketing Director Joshua Shonga, and Trade Hub Chief of Party Gregory Maassen in Chipata, Zambia.