The government has called for investment in the production and distribution of energy as it seeks to ensure that every Zimbabwean has universal access to modern energy by 2030.

Officiating at the official opening of Zimbabwe Energy Regulating Authority (ZERA) regional offices in Bulawayo this Thursday (yesterday), Energy and Power Development Minister Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo said doors are opened for local and international investment in the production and distribution of electricity, liquid petroleum gas (LPG), petroleum and solar energy.

“The regional office is coming at a time when the government is encouraging investment in key sectors like energy. As you are aware that the country’s electricity access rate is around 40%, presenting an investment opportunity for locals and foreigners,” he said.

Delivering her remarks at the same event, the Minister of State for Bulawayo Provincial Affairs Senator Angeline Masuku commended ZERA for decentralising services as this will go a long way in promoting equity across the country.

“We as Bulawayo are very excited to see services decentralised. Such initiatives will improve regional balance in job opportunities and access to basic needs like energy,” she said.

To date the southern region of the country has a total of 105 licensed fuel retailers and 10 LPG retailers.

The region boasts of good solar irradiation making it suitable for solar energy production.