Zambia plans to start importing refined petroleum products from neighbouring Angola to lower the cost of fuel.

Energy permanent secretary George Zulu has told Reuters that oil-rich Angola was willing to supply Zambia with petroleum, which the country has been importing from the Middle East.

Mr Zulu says a technical team led by the minister of energy will travel to Angola next week to discuss the details of importing finished petroleum products.

He says government has been looking at ways of bringing down the cost of fuel and that so far it seems the answer lies in importing fuel from neighbouring Angola.

Mr Zulu adds that technical team traveling to Angola would also explore the possibility of jointly putting up a pipeline from Angola to Zambia.

Zambia relies on semi-refined oil imports from the Middle East but has been studying plans to import crude oil from Angola and set up a new oil refinery locally.

President Michael Sata apologised to Angola in October for the MMD government’s backing of the former UNITA rebels led by Jonas Savimbi in the country’s 27-year civil war.

31 Responses to "ZAMBIA To Start IMPORTING FUEL From ANGOLA"

  1. Brian   January 5, 2012 at 9:12 am

    May de gov’t do dat wich cn help zambians so we also bcom lik other countries who ar enjoyin they livin in their countries.

  2. Capone   January 5, 2012 at 9:15 am

    At last! Fuel wil b cheaper! Look same fuel
    why get it from middle east when angola
    got it

  3. ph   January 5, 2012 at 9:17 am

    if angola has oil, why not zambia?

  4. ONE TIME   January 5, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Nice one.

  5. Brian Mwewa   January 5, 2012 at 9:34 am

    This is right Step. Bravo.

  6. sam chulu   January 5, 2012 at 9:39 am

    This is interesting. It had to take this long to come up with brillaint idea? Trully a working government. Long live the President!

  7. Nedlog1   January 5, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Hav even startd priparin 2 buy a car.

  8. corrector nox   January 5, 2012 at 10:04 am

    the best move ever.fuel in zambia is way too expensive.keep it up pf.

  9. Rod   January 5, 2012 at 10:10 am

    This is a super move! long overdue! We have oil next door but because of oil cartels, we stuck to the Middle East

  10. jeff   January 5, 2012 at 10:22 am

    This is a very brilliant move and I support it very much. Now the question is what are going to sell to angola coz if its just buy petrolium then we are at a disadvantage the best let’s sell the mealie meal and not maize coz mealie meal is a finnished product. Zambians let’s wake up that’s a very good market for our mealie meal and other agric products

  11. Freeman   January 5, 2012 at 10:23 am

    What oil cartels?

  12. Wamathai   January 5, 2012 at 11:17 am

    More African countries should do this instead of enriching an already rich middle east. Plus increased trade between African countries will lead to better relations which would be a plus for the continent.

  13. Sunta sunkutu   January 5, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Wow. Good news. Does this mean that the likes of andrew banda wil not have anywhere to touch? I thought zambian watchgalu reported that kaunda’s trip to angola was unsuccessful because their govt did not trust sata’s motives? The same govt that is asking for a joint venture? Well i guess it was a failed trip in the eyes of a galu. Is this the same galu that was pocking fun and laughing at The Post when they released an article before the election showing results of a poll conducted by an overseas unversity indicating that sata would win even without the upnd pact. Is it the same galu? Who is president? Galu iwe.

  14. Chinyopilo   January 5, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    But why has it taken this long to come to our senses? Could it be that we had strained relations with Angola and if so which ones were they? Is that the reason KK went to appologize? As a landlocked country, Zambia should maintain good ties with its neighbours especially those with access to the sea and resources we badly need.

  15. The Analyser   January 5, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Good move.
    The only way to go about it.
    Africa is richer than the Western World, but only in natural resources.The only missing link is the Transformation of these materials into finished, consumable and usable products.
    Research, Science and Technology should be enhanced to use our natural resources and convert them into finished products.
    Angola has just shown us that. South Africa manufactures cars. Why can’t we be buying from them in exchange with what ever they can neeed from Zambia,Congo, Mozambique or Kenya.
    Let us promote trade amongest us, please.
    This is the surest way that we are going to prosper and stop being subjected to the barbaric ways of promoting homosexuality before we are given any financil Aid.

  16. Greg Kadimba   January 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    It is a good idea,I visit Angola once in a while and fuel there is very cheap.40kwanza per liter of petrol which is equivalent to K2000.But it needs more purification.
    Greg Kadimba

  17. Gaga   January 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    this isn a good move by the govt and i just want to call all zambian to stand behind our govt and give them support to the pf govt. My God bless our country

  18. ntaulu chips lulu   January 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    development is all we need in zambia every developmental project is welcome… we need to progress after all we have been independent for 47 years + now.. the truth is that we dont ve fuel in zambia so we need to import..

  19. Barca 10   January 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Right move my boma,i was about to trade my car 4 shoes…..coz of high fuel price.

  20. Sunta sunkutu   January 5, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    My dear bloggers, take the time write all those who are full of negative things to say about Sata and govt, see that non of them wil post a comment on this positive story. Here is my small list add on if u can: 1. Government of Monkeys in a maize field 2. Nerdferd. 3. Tonga bull 4. Wizard 5. Kay love. They were angry with sata for sending kk to say sorry to angola, they were so upset as if they had been shoot. An now these fools wil be enjoying cheaper fuel, less expenditure 4 esentials therefore mo money in their pockets. Sata, keep making them look foolish.

  21. Helper   January 6, 2012 at 9:12 am

    A good move that should be followed up with action! I last heard of this proposal in the Mwanawasa era but wonder how it died out. Hope we see it through this time.

    But the most important question for me now is ‘Do we have oil deposits in Zambia or not? otherwise we may not have to spend on the proposed pipeline to Angola. Instead we could concetrate on investing in mining the oil in the medium to long term, whilst importing from Angola in the short term.

    Infact if i were in Government, I would advise government to let school and medical fees continue, wind down the Citizen Empowerment Fund, reduce the defence budget etc and invest in oil and diamond mining (if indeed we have the deposits.


    Polite request: kindly debate without insulting!!

  22. fuya   January 6, 2012 at 10:37 am

    If you have got 6/8 cylinder car say,lets do it.

  23. shasha   January 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    i wonder y some pipo dont comment on issues like this,if it was a bad thing there would have been sermorns on how apresident should be,wat the govment shuld be doing,how some other opposition leaders are more intellgent and all that,but since its a good thing,they would rather wait for somthing bad,thats when they will write their comments

  24. Woviziba   January 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Indeed where is the oil we discovered in Chavuma?

  25. Ronald   January 6, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Bravo PF government.

  26. Teddy Stephenson   January 7, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Som fools cn’t coment,kaili we’ve proved dem wrong we told u dis z p.f nt matokozo yama party yenangu!u’l c change u hv neva sin,wen we told u dat Sata z da man of action we nt playin God chose him 2 transform & he wil transform it.

  27. allan   January 7, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Teddy its true these liars thoght we were jockin now they can’t even comment to every positive direction PF has taken……Aba bana abashenda batasha kalimwitobo……

  28. allan   January 7, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    President Sata is Obama muchikulu …its posible Yes we can!!!! lets do what they failed to do….the problem is on every important issue MMD had 1000 excuses not to do it but on one side they are burying money.

  29. Makayi   January 8, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    We have been waiting for alternate plans for ever…this is the way forward.We need affordable fuel prices and the economy can blossom from there

  30. Critical thinking   January 11, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Hang on!!!!! what will happen to the refinery in Ndola? the workers and the ka small economy it supports?

  31. The Resistance (muna)   January 24, 2012 at 10:29 am

    way to go PF this is what we have been crying for all these years.