Better government needed to meet hydro potential in Congo

A more efficient government is crucial to Congo’s effort to meet its hydropower potential, said World Bank President Robert Zoellick.

Speaking at the site of the Inga hydroelectric power project built some 30 years ago, and which the World Bank is trying to rehabilitate, Zoellick said power generation is key to improving social and business conditions in the vast central African nation.

“The challenge is not only production but also efficient governance and further development of the sector,” Zoellick said during his visit to the plant in western Congo.

Zoellick said Inga could generate about 45,000 MW of the country’s 100,000 MW of hydropower potential in a grid linking Congo with Angola, Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa. (HydroWorld 6/4/09)

“Electricity not only means better lives for the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but it also means business opportunities,” Zoellick said.

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