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ZAMBIA HIGH COMMISSIONER BADE FAREWELL TO ZAMBIAN COMMUNITY

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Mr Emmanuel Mwamba has bade farewell to the Zambian community living in South Africa.

Mr Mwamba bade farewell at the colourful event held at the Zambian Chancery in Pretoria organised by the Zambia Association in South Africa (ZASA).

This follows his transfer to the Federal Republic of Ethiopia as Zambia Ambassador to that Country.

The farewell Event was attended by over 300 Zambians from across South Africa including Board Members of the Zambia, South Africa Business Forum led by board chairperson Dr Chiara Chiumya.

Before delivering his farewell speech Mr Mwamba together with his spouse Mrs. Monde Mwamba were blessed for their new assignment by the Clergy led by Pastor Gideon Kapafu of Bread of Life Church in Midrand Johannesburg.

Speaking earlier on behalf of the Zambian Community pastor Kapafu described Mr Mwamba as humble and welcoming.

He mentioned that Mr Mwamba maintained an open door policy
And effectively championed the interest of Zambians and Zambia as a country.

And in delivering his farewell speech Mr Mwamba thanked President Edgar Lungu for offering him an opportunity to serve Zambia as ambassador.
Mr Mwamba encouraged Zambians to be patriotic and speak positively about their own country.

He mentioned that their was a lot of positive stories about Zambia that needed to be marketed to the outside world.

He said their was need to increase tourists arrivals in the country owing to abundant wild life, heritage sites and natural resources.

Mr Mwamba thanked the Zambian Community for its unity and commitment for helping the Mission to promote the welfare of Zambians.

Mr Mwamba is expected to leave for Ethiopia this monthend.

Issued by Mrs. Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations
Zambia High Commission
Pretoria

BRICS GIVES ZAMBIA 20 SLOTS FOR EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

The BRICS Institute has offered 20 slots to Zambia for its Executive Leadership Program.

BRICS Institue Executive Head, Dr. Shiphra Chisha said the program targets very senior executives and policy makers such heads of Companies corporates or heads of ministries.

She said the participants could take the whole program in all five member states or choose the programs out of the five.

The program which takes the participants to then capitals of BRICS member states of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa and is a practical executive management initiative aimed at developing world class leaders to help foster real economic growth and shared prosperity between nations.

The programs comprise five modules delivered in two monthly intervals over a period of one year in BRICS member states.

She said the first executive leadership program will be held in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to coincide with the BRICS Summit to be held in Brazil.

She said the program includes master classes that will be given by world-class and renowned business and economist personalities.

And Zambia High Commissioner to South Africa, His Excellency Emmanuel Mwamba said his office will work closely with the Industrial Develooment Corporation(IDC) and relevant ministries to ensure that Zambia’s leaders from policy and the corporate participated in the program.

The BRICS Institute is an independent institute, directed by an advisory council comprising of members of the BRICS countries.

In this program it has partnered with Regenesys Business School.

The leadership program prepares participants to understand an over view of the economy and history of BRICS and opportunities and challenges in doing business with those countries.

It also gives technical insights to how these countries became the leading emerging economies in the world in the last 30 years.

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

RB NOMINATED TO LEAD TO OBSERVE ELECTIONS IN NIGERIA

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMIDIATE RELEASE

Former Republican President His Excellency Mr. Ruphia Banda has been nominated to lead an elections observer mission to the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) nominated Mr. Banda to be its lead observer for the forth coming election.

Mr. Banda will lead a team of 24 observers drawn from Civil Society Organizations and Election Management bodies from across Africa.

EISA Executive Director Denis Kadima said his organization was honored to invite the former President to be its lead observer to the elections, which he described as critical.

The observation mission would be a short term mission which was expected to last for nine (9) days starting on 12th to 20th February.

EISA is a Pan-African Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) specialized in democracy, elections and governance and promotion of credible elections on the African continent.

Mr. Banda has since left South Africa for the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he will chair the Eminent Panel meeting of Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) alongside the 32nd African Union Head of State and Government Summit before proceeding to Abuja Nigeria.

Mrs. Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations.
Zambia’s High Commission, South Africa.
press@zambiapretoria.net
Tel: +27(0)12326-1847/97

GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON ASSURES INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

Chief Government spokesperson Dora Siliya has assured the international community that Zambia remains politically and economically stable.
Ms Siliya says speculations that Zambia was losing its sovereignty to other countries and international financing institutions due to its debt position were misconceived.
Speaking to South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) reporter, Sophie Mokwena in Johannesburg, South Africa, Ms. Siliya emphasized that Zambia’s debt was sustainable.
She dispelled speculations that some State owned Enterprise (SoE) have been mortgaged to some countries as collateral for final assistance.
Ms. Siliya said Zambia was a friend to many countries across the world and multilateral institutions, as such, would continue engages its partners to help with development agenda.
She noted that Zambia was looking for partnerships that were beneficial both to its partners and the country at large.
And Ms. Siliya said the Zambian judiciary was a role model of an independent and professional judiciary on the African continent and the SADC region.
Ms. Siliya said the Zambian judiciary has demonstrated its independence by prosecuting cases that involve senior government officials and ministers accused of wrong doing
She noted that Zambia’s judiciary impressive track record was unparalleled among its peers and other countries world over.
Ms. Siliya said this was due to the fact that many people including Presidents have been dragged to court after being suspected of offending the laws.
Meanwhile, Ms. Siliya said government was in the process of enacting laws that are aimed at protecting citizens from cybercrimes as well as enhance national security.
Ms. Siliya said government has already taken three bills to Parliament that include data protection, security and electronic transactions laws to be able adequately protect the people.

She said once enacted, the laws will enable citizens to freely engage in the cyber space.
Ms. Siliya added that lack of adequate cyber laws in many African countries has affected innocent citizens negatively as they have become victims of wrong accusations and cyber bulling.

Ms. Siliya is on a bench marking visit to Multi-Choice south Africa to learn on best television practices especially in the wake of digital broadcasting.

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

ZAMBIA HANDED OVER THE AAPSCOMS BY SOUTH AFRICA

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
Zambia has been handed over the Secretariat of the Association of African Public Service Commissions (AAPSCOMS) by the South African Civil Service Commission.

This follows Zambia’s election to the Presidency of the Association in March 2018.

Zambia’s Public Service Commission Chairperson Dickson Chasaya, who is also President of the Association of African Public Service Commissions, was handed the Secretariat after a consultative meeting with outgoing President and South African Civil Service Commission chairperson Richard Sizani.

The handover meeting was held at the South African Public Service Commission House in Pretoria, South Africa.
The ceremony was attended by six other technocrats and members of staff from the Zambian Public Service Commission who included Commission Deputy Chairman Hillary Chipango.

Mr. Chasaya said Zambia remained resolved to continue spear-heading the interest of AAPSCOMS in Southern African region despite the delay in the handover of the Secretariat.

Speaking earlier, Mr. Chasaya noted that communication breakdown with the South African Civil Service Commission, which was the outgoing Secretariat had created an atmosphere of uncertainty in the handover of the Secretariat.
And South African Civil Service Commission Chairperson, Mr. Richard Sizani apologised for the delay in handing over the Secretariat to Zambia which holds the position of President.

He called for extension of Zambia’s tenure of office by one year by the member countries due to delays in handing-over the Secretariat.
Mr. Sizani assured the Zambian delegation of his country’s support towards Zambia’s Presidency and AAPSCOMS as a whole.
Mrs. Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations.
Zambia’s High Commission, South Africa.
press@zambiapretoria.net
Tel: +27(0)12326-1847/97
FAX: +27 (0)12326-2140

Negotiated Political Settlement is the Way to Go in DRC – Hon. Malanji

Negotiated Political Settlement is the Way to Go in DRC – Hon. Malanji

Zambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Joseph Malanji has stated that the call by President Edgar Lungu for a government of national unity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was necessary to bring peace and security to the country.

Speaking live on SABC, Hon. Malanji said that even in the event that all processes were complete, this could not guarantee peace and security in the DRC.

And South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu has called for a UN Mediation team to help arrive at a political Settlement.

Hon. Malanji who is the Chairperson of the SADC Ministerial Committee on the Organ of Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation and Head of the SADC Electoral Observer Mission in the DRC said DRC was holding the 3rd election in 60 years.

He recognized that the advisory was unprecedented and historical because of the unique position of the DRC.
Hon. Malanji thanked the DRC government for funding their own elections and for ensuring that the Congolese people expressed themselves through the ballot.
He said the government had overcome numerous challenges including security threat and disease to have this elections.

And a member of the Felix Thisikedi team based in Johannesburg, Claude Ibalanka expressed concern that the proposal might undermine the process. He called for a possible government of national team after the court process was complete

He also denied that the outcome of the recent elections was engineered by the out-going President Joseph Kabila.

But Hon. Malanji dismissed the fears, saying the matter was a strong proposal for the sake of peace.
He said President Lungu consulted widely to ensure that if engandered, lasting solution and peace will prevail.
He said Zambia agreed with South Africa proposal for mediation as it was similar to the SADC position.

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.

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

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

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

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.