The Embassy of Italy in Zambia has organised an event on “ART and Energy” today, in Lusaka, addressing two themes: how to build a renewable future for Zambia and what kind of energy comes from art. With the participation of the Zambian Minister of Energy, Hon. Peter Kapala, and the Secretary General of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Chileshe Kapwepwe, the event will focus on the issues of energy, renewables and energy transition and aims to concretely follow up on – from the perspective of Zambia – the “Meetings with Africa” Ministerial Conference held at the Italian Foreign Ministry in Rome, on 7-8 October last, which was attended by the Zambian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Stanley Kakubo.
At the institutional economic session, Italian and Zambian companies, in the presence of Minister Kapala and together with the Res4Africa Foundation and Enel Green Power, explored opportunities for cooperation to accelerate the modernisation and transformation of the energy system in Zambia and promote more sustainable energy sources. At the cultural session, contemporary Zambian and Italian artists contributed to the proceedings, with a dialogue between Costantino D’Orazio, curator at the Rome Cultural Heritgage Authority, and the artist-cum-photographer Luca Catalano Gonzaga, present with several works in the Collection of the Italian Embassy in Lusaka. For the occasion, an exhibition opened at the Italian-Zambian Cultural Centre in Lusaka of the works by five established contemporary Zambian artists: Boyd Bishonga, Agnes Yombwe, Pam Carr Guhrs, Mulenga Chafilwe, Sydney Siansangu.