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U.S.-based company RD Global has announced plans to set up a manufacturing plant for renewable energy products in Zambia. The plant will be developed in partnership with Mera Group Corporation, a Japanese organisation which provides affordable LED lighting and USB charging capability for off-grid communities and urban residents with unreliable or expensive electricity supply.

US company plans to invest in Zambian renewable sectorMera Group Corporation will seek to establish a distribution base of energy renewable products in the country and export them from Zambia to other countries in the region, according to Rune Gunnar Dige, Mera Group Corporation Business Development Advisor. With time, the intention is to develop an economic base in Zambia which will include an assembly factory, supporting neighbouring markets with solar LED charging solutions

“Zambia has been chosen as a preferred choice of investment in the energy sector because of its geographical position among countries in the Southern African region. We will target to empower small-scale farmers, miners and other entrepreneurs that are off the national grid of the electricity supply,” he says.

Dige adds that a team will be visiting Zambia to meet with relevant stakeholders at the end of January in order to begin working towards full-scale entry into the market by mid-2018. “Additionally, we would like to meet with the premier of a distinguished Zambian University to discuss a possible collaboration on the development of solar LED systems. With the support of RD Global, a university could significantly develop their engineering and knowledge base in the energy sector. We will lend our equipment, expertise and innovative designs to a department of the University to further develop innovations truly intended for Zambia,” he says.

In a meeting with the Ambassador of the Republic of Zambia to the United States of America, Dr. Ngosa Simbyakula, the Mera Group Corporation agreed to engage the Zambia Development Agency. Dr. Simbyakula and assured the firm of his government's support in the promotion of economic diplomacy with U.S. based companies, adding that he would seek to facilitate a meeting with University of Zambia officials to harness the technology transfer of skills in the production of renewable energy products to promote the intended investment in Zambia.

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