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The African Forum for Former African Heads of State and Governments Congratulates 4th Zambian President

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
Pretoria –Thursday, 2nd November 2017

The African Forum for Former African Heads of State and Governments has congratulated Zambia’s Fourth Republic President Rupiah Banda for promoting peace, security and stability in Zambia.
Forum Chairperson, Joachim Chissano, who is also former Mozambican President, said Mr. Banda’s contribution to the promotion of peace in Zambia and the SDAC region was exceptional.
Mr. Chisano said Zambia’s former President was among the prominent African personalities who had contributed to political, social and economic transformation of SADC region and Africa as a whole.
This is contained in a letter delivered to Mr. Banda during the third African Forum General Assembly held in Johannesburg City, South Africa, officially inviting him to join the African Forum known as AF for exhibiting political maturity when he handed over the instruments of power to his predecessor late Michael Sata.
The AF congratulated Mr. Banda for demonstrating a high sense of political maturity in the democratic process which crowned the political transition in Zambia.
Mr. Chissano noted that the AF was pleased to invite Mr. Banda to join the Forum as he had outstanding democratic credentials which qualified him to be a member of the Forum.
He said the Forum needed distinguished Former African Heads of State and Government to place their wealth of experience, moral authority and expertise to guide the continent and its leaders.
Mr. Banda has since delivered his maiden speech in which he called on African governments to increase the provision of tertiary education to young people.

Among members of the AF include, former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, Former Ghanaian president John Mahama and Former Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete.

Mauritius’ Kaila Purya is also a member of the Forum among other prominent African personalities.

Mrs. Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations.
Zambia’s High Commission to South Africa.
Email kayulachulu@yahoo.com
press@zambiapretoria.net
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7NDP WILL PROMOTE POLICY CONSISTENCY AND COHERENCE-PS CHABALA

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
Pretoria – Thursday, 2nd November, 2017

Zambia says the International Financing Corporations and the donor community have described her 7th National Development Plan (NDP) as the best development agenda in Africa

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Planning and National Development disclosed that the National Development Plan which was launched by the Republican President His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu in June this year had received commendation from World Bank, Economic Commission for Africa, and the United Nations.

He mentioned that the World Bank described the Plan as the best practice that modeled development in Africa while ECA noted that it was one of the models that was driving the development agenda on the continent.

Mr. Chola Chabala said Zambia’s development model has been applauded for its transformative agenda which integrates key areas of development pillars that included public-private sector participation.

He was speaking at the 2nd “Invest in Zambia” Bussiness Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa attended by over 200 business and investment delegates from both Zambia and South Africa.

Mr. Chabala said Zambia was creating a diversified and resilient economy through investments in agriculture, manufacturing, human capital and strategies to reduce inequalities between urban and rural areas.

He mentioned that the Mining sector has failed to spur job creation despite recording steady growth over the years, hence the need for diversification and the creation of investor-friendly policies to enable easy facilitation of investments and businesses in Zambia
And Zambia ‘s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Mr Emmanuel Mwamba called on more South African and other African countries to invest in Zambia

He says Investors can invest in the agriculture sector as there is Vast land in Zambia and good Climate for Commercial Farming.

He added that his mission would pick the case of Trade Kings, that had invested in South Africa since 2010 but faced numerous regulatory and certification hurdles which resulted into non-tariff barriers against Zambian investors.

Meanwhile South Africa’s Head of Department for Trade and Industry Lerato Mataboge said her country was impressed to see Zambian products such as honey in most South African shops

Ms Mataboge said South Africa was ready to see more different Zambian companies invest in that country’s economy.

She said that the coherent framework of coordination in Zambia is admirable and almost all Ministries have a common language and development direction after the launch of the 7NDP.

She said this was critical given that previously there was a concern from investors about policy inconsistencies by Government.

She said this coordination mechanism was something South Africa could learn from.

Zambia-South Africa Business Forum(ZSBF) Vice Chair Zandile Tshabalala commended the 7NDP framework and encouraged countries like South Africa to learn from Zambia.

She said she found this worth mentioning adding that their was need to start turning tables around.

Mrs. Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations.
Zambia’s High Commission to South Africa.
Email kayulachulu@yahoo.com
press@zambiapretoria.net
Tell : +27(0)12326-1847/97
FAX : +27 (0)12326-2140