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Former Republican President Rupiah Banda says African oil and Gas has an Established legacy in the Energy Sector

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

Cape Town -Friday, 7th September, 2018

Former Republican President Mr Rupiah Banda says African Oil and Gas Sector has an established legacy of Strong performance in the energy sector.

Mr Banda said several long-time members of the organization of the petroleum Exporting countries (OPEC) like Angola and Nigeria has created strong predictor of success.

Speaking during the Africa oil and power 2018 conference in Cape town were he also bestowed honours to the OPEC Secretary General Muhammad Sanusi Mr Banda said new relationship blossom this year as several African Countries including Equatorial Guinea and the Republic of Congo joined the OPEC as the organisation’s newest Members.

He said Zambia Oil and Gas exploration resumed with enthusiasm in 2000 following the discovery of oil and gas in Uganda and Kenya in the great East African Rift Valley.

Mr Banda added that Independent oil Companies have played a pivotal role in exploration and development of Africa’s resources especially in the frontiers Markets.

He noted that Zambia and other African Countries should learn from Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea on the exploration of oil and gas.

He disclosed that Zambia and throughout African independent Oil Companies like Oranto and bowleven petroleum are strong leaders in the sector.

Mr Banda Mentioned that Zambia will rise to the task and create an enabling Fiscal regime that will grow local banking and finance to be part of the exploration success story.

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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SPEAKER HAPPY WITH PROGRESS TO TRANSFORM SADC PARLIAMENTARY FORUM

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
Pretoria -Wednesday, 15th August, 2018

Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Patrick Matibini has expressed happiness with the progress made by SADC countries in trying to transform the SADC Parliamentary Forum into a regional parliament.

Dr Matibini says the transformation of the Parliamentary Forum into a regional parliament will enhance democracy at the regional and continental levels through enactment of standard models laws which were expected to be domesticated into national laws by member states.
Speaking in Pretoria, South Africa after Speakers of National Assemblies from different SADC countries held transformation consultations with the SADC Chairperson, who is also South African President Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa, Dr Matibini said the progress so far made towards the formulation of a regional parliament was a culmination of Zambia’s longstanding efforts of ensuring regional economic and democratic integration.

He stated that the transformation process has received support from the SADC chairman who agreed with the lobby mission during consultations that the matter should be expedited by the SADC Heads of States at the forthcoming summit to be held in Windhoek, Namibia as it has been outstanding for the past 21 years.

Dr Matibini said Zambia will continue being in the forefront of ensuring that the Parliamentary Forum was transformed as the country was one of the pioneers of democracy in Africa and the SADC region.

He added that the SADC Regional Parliamentary will serve as a vehicle for entrenched democracy in the region once it is established as it will set up minimum standards of model laws.

And President of the SADC Parliamentary Forum and Speaker of the National Assembly of Angola Dr Fernado de Piedade Dias dos Santos said the Regional Parliament will be a flag bearer of democratisation and sustainable development in the region.
He said the SADC Parliament will closely work in consultation with the SADC policy organ to develop model laws that will help it advance its vision.
Speaking in a brief on new transformation approach for the SADC Parliament when he led a lobby mission for a consultative meeting with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Dr Dias dos Santos stated that the regional parliament was being constituted uniquely and customised to the current levels regional economic integration.

He stated that the establishment of the SADC Parliament will not affect movements of goods, services, and people or capital as such decisions will remain in the ambit of SADC policy organ.

Other speakers that were part of the Parliamentary Forum lobby mission for consultations were Professor Peter Katjavivi, Speaker of the National Assembly of Namibia and Ms. Baleka Mbete, Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa

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PRESIDENT EDGAR LUNGU TO ATTEND BRICS SUMMIT- HON. MALANJI*

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Joseph Malanji, MP, wishes to inform the nation that His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu will be among regional Heads of State attending the BRICS Summit being held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 26th-27th July 2018. The BRICS countries

BRICS is the acronym for an economic association of five major emerging national economies; Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

The five BRICS countries represent over 3.1 billion people, or about 41% of the world population; four out of five members (excluding South Africa at #24) are in the top 10 of the world by population. They have a combined GDP (PPP) of around US$40.55 trillion (32% of World’s GDP PPP) and an estimated US$4.46 trillion in combined foreign reserves.

His Excellency the President is travelling to this important meeting in response to an official invitation to attend the BRICS Africa Outreach Program by the in-coming Chairperson of BRICS and the Summit’s host, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa.

On the sidelines of the Summit President Lungu will hold bilateral talks with Russian President, H.E. Vladmir Putin, Turkish President H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan among others.

The BRICS Africa Outreach Summit with African leaders seeks to ensure continuity from the 5th BRICS Summit held in The summit was held in Durban, South Africa in 2013 and to provide BRICS’ support for African industrialization and infrastructure development.

The sub-theme for the BRICS-AFRICA Outreach: BRICS in Africa: “Working towards the realization of the African Aspirations”.

Among the African Heads of States invited to attend the BRICS-Africa Outreach Dialogue are:

• Rwanda – as Chair of the African Union (AU);
• Senegal – as Chair of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Heads of State and Government Implementation Committee (HSGIC);
• Gabon – as Chair of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS);
• Uganda – as Chair of the East African Community (EAC);
• Ethiopia – as Chair of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD);
• Togo – as Chair of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS);
• Zambia – as incoming Chair of the SADC Organ on Defence, Politics.
• Namibia – as incoming Chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC);
• Angola – as Chair of the SADC Organ;
• Egypt – as Chair of the Group of 77 (G77) + China,
• The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, and;
. All SADC Member States.

ZAMBIA HAPPY WITH IMPROVED ECONOMIC GROWTH

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
Pretoria -Thursday, 12th July, 2018
Zambia has expressed happiness with the improved economic growth it has continued to record since 2016.
Secretary to the Treasury Fredson Yamba says the improved economic growth the country has recorded was as a result of increased investor confidence and recovery of global commodity prices.
Speaking at the Southern African Development Community (SADC) macroeconomic peer review mechanism panel meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, Mr. Yamba said other factors that have contributed to Zambia’s improved economic growth were the improved performance of the agriculture sector and hydro –power generation, which had previously been hampered by adverse weather conditions.
Mr Yamba noted that the stringent monitory policy pursued by government through the Bank of Zambia has resulted in the appreciation of the kwacha against major convertible currencies as well as deceleration in inflation rate.
He observed that Zambia has continued to improve its fiscal deficit which stood at 7.6 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2017 from 9.4 percent of GDP in 2015, as such, government would endeavour to limit the growth of public debt by improving debt management.
Mr. Yamba said this will be achieved by altering the debt structure to achieve 60 percent domestic and 40 percent external debt.
He said other measures that government will endeavour to implement in order to reduce fiscal deficit will include acceleration of economic diversification process, integration of economically marginalised rural areas into dynamic of the economy and strengthened revenue mobilisation methods among other measure.
And Mr. Yamba disclosed that a team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was next week expected in the country as a continuation of the consultative process.
He said the IMF’s mission visit to Zambia follows the successful submission of data that the fund had requested for.
Mr. Yamba said the meeting was expected to reconcile figures between the two parties and find the best way forward.

Mrs. Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations.
Zambia’s High Commission, South Africa.

ZAMBIA TO CONSIDER PUTTING UP GAS PIPELINE FROM NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pretoria, 27th June,2018

Zambia says it will consider putting up a gas pipeline from gas rich neighbouring countries into Zambia .

Energy Minister Matthew Nkhuwa says the importation of gas will help Meet the demand for Energy in the country.

Mr. Nkhuwa also said Zambia had heightened both oil and gas exploration and was hopeful these resources will be found and exploited.

Mr Nkhuwa says the private Sector has already shown interest in the construction of a gas pipeline from Mozambique into Zambia.

He mentioned that the alternative energy sources would reduce the demand placed on Hydro electricity supply in Zambia.

Mr Nkhuwa says Zambia needed to interact more with the neighbouring SADC Countries in order to benefit from regional development.

He was speaking at the 37th SADC Meeting of Ministers responsible for Energy and water held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg South Africa.

And Mr Nkhuwa disclosed that the energy inter-connector power project between Zambia and Tanzania has reached 50% completion rate.

He said construction of transmission lines is expected to be completed and operational by the end of the year including the kolowezi inter Connector project with Angola.

Mr Nkhuwa mentioned that the project would help evacuate power from countries of surplus to connect to countries of deficit to stabilise energy demand in the SADC region.

He added that their is need for countries to migrant to smart grid system of power supply and distribution.

He noted that the current system was outdated therefore causing damages to power plants
Meanwhile Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Mr Emmanuel Mwamba says the installed generation capacity was 68324 MW and to meet the deficit in the region,countries needed to invest in generation of power from various sources of power.

He said these include solar, wind and gas to achieve and generate mix that guarantees energy stability in the
Region.

Mrs Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations
Zambia High Commission Pretoria South Africa
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GOVT, PRIVATE SECTOR COLLABORATES TO BRING ENERGY SECURITY IN ZAMBIA

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Mr Emmanuel Mwamba has underscored the need for all stakeholders to play their role in ensuring that the 10,000 megawatts power deficit in the southern region is addressed.

Speaking during a meeting organised by the Zambia -South Africa Business Forum and the ministry of Energy Office for Promoting Private Power Investment OPPI for power producers.Mr Mwamba noted that the private sector needs to take up the role of driving the energy sector and taking advantage of the investment enabling environment that has been created in Zambia as government works on diversifying power sources.

He said It is not always that government has money to address some problems but private sector ideas can actualize solutions to the energy needs of the country and the region, adding that it was up to all the stakeholders to work together in ensuring that the projects are actualized.

“I have attended many meetings where our leaders have talked about industrialization and development, they want free movement of people and free movement of goods and services and somehow it remains like mere rhetoric. So it is up to you the private sector, our office and government to find ways of ensuring that these aspirations are actualized.” He said.

Mr Mwamba added that if all the projects planned by the players in the room took off, they would address the 10 thousand megawatts power deficit in the SADC region and beyond.

South Africa as a country invests up to significant portion of funds of its national budget into the region and the trouble is we never pick up that money, for their strategic reasons, they want to invest in our energy sector to ensure that we are energy secure and our transport corridors are clear and you as investors can take advantage of that money being given to Africa for the African Union integration and also to ease trade facilitation for South African businesses. The High Commissioner said.

He noted that Zambia has sufficient water for hydro power generation, sufficient sunshine for solar, a lot of coal and many natural resources to provide alternative sources of energy. “So there is a lot of opportunity and diversity for investment in Zambia’s energy sector, take advantage of it!” He said.

The Zambian envoy to South Africa is in the country with a delegation of about 25 South African businesses interested in investing in Zambia in sectors such as mining, energy, rail transport among others.

INVESTORS CONFIDENT WITH ZAMBIA

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
Pretoria –Friday, 8th June, 2018

FORMER Republican President Mr. Rupiah Banda says investors have shown deep confidence in the Zambian economy by investing in different sectors of the country

Mr Banda says Zambia has seen an increase in investment portfolios by different investors due to the growing confidence in the Zambian economy.

Speaking at the launch of additional flit for Time Trucking Company ,a Zambian registered trucking company In Boksburg South Africa, He said the increasing confidence of investors in the Zambian economy will help create employment for the local people.

Mr Banda said he was happy that Zambia was strengthening its international diplomacy with other countries, particularly South Africa, as this will increase bilateral trade between the two countries.

He called on Zambian business entities to take advantage of the existing good relations between the two countries to expand their business operations by investing in the transportation sector.

Mr. Banda observed that the sector was cardinal to the development of the two economies as it would help to ease the transportation of goods and services

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ZAMBIA OPEN TO FDIS

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pretoria- Thursday 14th June 2018

Zambia says she is open to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to raise Finances for recapitalization of the railway sector.

Zambia Railways Board Chairperson Lubinda Linyama says Private Partnership was important in order to enhance strategic activities and grow business for the rail sector in Zambia.

Speaking during the 2018 Africa Rail Conference at the Convention centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, Mr. Linyama said the economic growth and development of the sector was largely dependant on infrastructure and transportation which could be done through FDIS.

He said through Private Partnership, government intends to develop 8 main greenfield railway spur that will connect the country to all regional trade Corridors.

Mr Linyama added that his firm will consider the development of an Urban railway train system to decongest Lusaka

He noted that the conference was more beneficial to Zambia as it provided a platform to engage investors and showcase the investment opportunities that exist in the country.

And Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Mr Emmanuel Mwamba says the railway sector requires that the transport corridors is jointly planned with other SADC countries that are developed.

He said he was happy with the co-operation being given to the sector by the region.

Mrs Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations
Zambia High Commission Pretoria South Africa
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ZAMBIA SCOOPS BEST SPORTS TEAM OF THE YEAR

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pretoria- Sunday 27th May 2018

Zambia Under 20 team has scooped the Regional Annual Sports Award for best sports team of the year 2018.

The award was received on behalf of the team by Solomon Sakala of ZESCO who is the captain of the Zambia Under 20 national soccer team.

The prestigious event was held at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre in Johannesburg South Africa.

Zambia were run-up in the category for coach of the year, where Beston “Quicksilver” Chambeshi was nominated for winning the Under-20 Africa Cup and for taking the Zambia Under-20 to the world cup in South Korea as quarter finalist.

Zambia also had Kennedy Luchembe as run-up. Luchembe is a gold medalist from the Commonwealth Youth Games held in Bahamas.

And Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Emmanuel Mwamba, said he was pleased that Zambia has began to regain its past glory in sports.

He urged corporate institutions to invest in sports to complement what government was doing.

He said more companies beyond mining and financial institutions should partner with government in investing in sports.

He stated quoting Nelson Mandela that “Sport has the power to change the world, it has the power to unite and to speak to the youth in a language they understand”.

The regional sports awards started with nine countries that included South Africa, Botswana, Namibia Zimbabwe and others.

Meanwhile South Africa’s Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa said sports bring Unity OF Africans

She said unity would guarantee prosperity of African countries.

She added that sports will be one of the pillars that will help achieve the African Union 2063 development agenda.

The regional awards are held by the sports arm of the African Union, the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) which is divided in five regions.

Naomi Nyawali First Secretary Press and Public Relations
Zambia High Commission Pretoria South Africa
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SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT ASSURES ZAMBIAN TRUCK DRIVERS SAFETY

STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pretoria- Wednesday 16th May 2018

The South African Government has assured the Zambian Truck Drivers and Transporters travelling to South Africa of Safety.

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Mr Emmanuel Mwamba was assured in a meeting held at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation DIRCO in Pretoria.

Mr Mwamba said, safety Measures have been put in place at highways, borders and Toll Plazas have been secured and have now been given a higher security presence.

He said the roads and high-ways international truck drivers use will also benefit from increased police patrols.

In the meeting Mr. Mwamba also expressed concern that the perceived rising feelings against foreign nationals, especially Africans in South Africa required urgent attention and coordinated efforts by all to avoid loss of life and property.

Mr. Mwamba said he was comforted to learn that suspected perpetrators who burnt the trucks have been arrested in both incidences and have been arraigned before courts.

On two separate incidences, protesters burnt trucks in Kwazulu Natal and Limpopo province in which 6 Zambian trucks were caught up and burnt to ashes.

The most serious incidence occurred when over 30 foreign trucks were burnt or damaged, near the Mooi River Toll Plaza on the N3 Freeway in Kwazulu Natal.

In this incidence, the South African Police Service (SAPS) arrested 54 people involved in the violent protest.

Another incident occurred near Groblersbrug near Bostwana- South African border where 3 Zambian trucks were burnt by angry protesters five people have since been arrested by the Police.

The five suspects appeared in the Phalala Magistrate court on charges of Assault and Malicious damage to property

Mr Mwamba Further Confirmed that the attempt by the Five suspects to appeal for release from Custody on bail was denied by the Polokwane High court and are expected to appear back in court on 31st May 2018.

He has advised however, that truck drivers should endeavour to avoid routes or areas where protests or demonstrations are reported or occurring.

He Mentioned that his office will continue to monitor the situation.

Mrs Naomi Nyawali First Secretary
Press and Public Relations
Zambia High Commission Pretoria South Africa
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