Mines, Energy and Water Development Minister Christopher Yaluma says strides are being taken to control the challenge of aggressive load shedding that has hit the country for several years now.
Mr Yaluma was speaking during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the development of hydro-power sites on the Luapula river.
He said Zambia needs inter connections with neighbouring countries in order to exploit the massive water bodies that the country is endowed with.
Mr Yaluma said the MOU will help Zambia forge ahead by maximising the potential and opportunities of presented by hydro- power sites along the Luapula river.
He observed that Zambia needs power on a large scale to satisfy the growing demand in the mining industry and extract the much needed copper to spur economic growth.
And Congolese Minister of Energy and Water Resources Bruno Kapandji Kalala who was represented by the ministry director Thaddie Nkiet said the MOU will enable the two countries address the issue of load shedding in their respective countries and produce abundant electricity for export in the SADC region.