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CAPITAL EQUIPMENT HUB TO BE SET UP ON THE COPPERBELT

A high-powered business delegation from the Gauteng Provincial Government in South Africa is scheduled to undertake a three day economic mission to Zambia with the aim of holding consultative engagement with various Zambian private and public agencies.

Zambia High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Mr Emmanuel Mwamba announced the details

Mr Mwamba stated that the Economic Mission has come shortly after the State Visit to Zambia by President Jacob Zuma.

Gauteng Province Member of Executive Council for Economic, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development Lebogang Maile is expected to lead the delegation.

Mr. Maile has disclosed that his delegation would hold consultative talks with the Lusaka City Council regarding the possibility of twinning the two Cities as they had a lot in Common.

He added that the delegation was further expected to hold talks with Ndola and Kitwe City Councils respectively for possibilities of establishing business hubs for Regional Value Chain for Mining Capital Equipment.

Mr. Maile said Zambia was a key country in deepening regional economic ties as she was one of the fastest growing economies in the SADC region adding that was need to promote government to government collaborations.

He said his visit to Zambia together with his entourage would promote strategic partnerships and secure bilateral relationship with Zambian private and public entities.

Mr. Mwamba says the visit was the fruition of President Jacob Zuma’s State Visit to Zambia recently.

He said Zambia the intentions by the Gauteng Provincial Government to set up Capital Equipment hubs in Zambia was a huge investment that the country stands to benefit.

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*EU FUNDS ZAMBIA OVER $570m (€484million) IN PROJECTS-YAMBA*

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
Pretoria –Thursday, 5th October 2017.

The European Union (EU) has allocated over €484million in projects to Zambia .

Secretary to Treasury Fredson Yamba disclosed in Pretoria today that EU under the 11th European Development Fund(EDF) has committed funded projects in Agriculture, Energy, governance and infrastructure.

And Zambia has sped up absorption of over 80% of 484 million Euros grants allocated to Zambia under the 11th European Development fund (EDF).

Zambia’s Secretary to the Treasury Fedson Yamba says the money has been disbursed towards energy, agriculture and governance sectors for the period 2014 to 2020.

Mr. Yamba said 64 million euros has been channelled towards the rehabilitation of Kariba dam while 65 million has been allocated to the rehabilitation of the Lusaka Transmission and Distribution line and 40 million euros channelled toward the promotion of renewable energy production in the energy category.

Mr. Yamba was speaking today in Pretoria South Africa, when he together with a delegation of technocrats from the Ministry of Finance paid a courtesy call on Zambia’s High Commissioner to that country His Excellency Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba ahead of a two-day EU Regional Summit involving countries in the Cotonou agreement also to be attended by Zambia’s Finance Minister Felix Mutati.

He said in the governance sector, the EU will disburse 7 million euros towards legal empowerment and enhancement of Justice delivery programs while 10 million euros would be channelled to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to strengthen democracy and promote greater participation of underrepresented sectors of society in the electoral process.

Mr. Yamba added that 108 million euros would be used to support sustainable commercialisation of Zambia’s smallholder farmers and 10 million euros for performance enhancement programs for the Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries.

He said Zambia had performed exceptionally well in utilising and absorbing the grants among the recipient countries in the Cotonou Agreements, as such, was an envy and a case study country of efficient use of disbursed grants.
Mr. Yamba expressed gratitude to the EU for being one of Zambia’s biggest donor partners.

And Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency. Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba said Zambia was a beacon of economic prosperity in Africa despite negative media reports.

He said Zambians should desist from painting a negative image of the country as the donor community had faith in Zambia.

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Government Allocates 87 Million Kwacha to Set up an Infrastructure Fund.

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
Pretoria –Sunday 1st October 2017

Government has allocated about 87million Kwacha to set up an infrastructure Fund.

Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Finance Mr Mukuli Chikuba said the Infrastructure fund will be used to finance projects with financing from the infrastructure bonds, development banks and private funds such as shares.

Mr Chikuba was speaking at the Zambia Mission in Pretoria South Africa When he paid a Courtesy call with his delegation on Zambia’s High Commissioner to that country his Excellency Mr Emmanuel Mwamba.
He said the introduction of the Fund in Zambia is important adding that financing projects such as roads and rails will be easily done without any challenges.

He added that during there meetings with the Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA)and the Industrial Development Cooperation (IDC), and Landbank, it was agreed that the South African government and Zambia would co-invest in the fund and advised how the infrastructure Fund could be operated.

The signing of Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) regarding the operationalization of the Cooperation are expected to be signed during the state visit of President Jacob Zuma in October 2017.

He Mentioned that projects to benefit from the fund will be appraised, for investors to express interest depending on the their area of interest.

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa H:E Mr Emmanuel Mwamba said infrastructure development was key in every developing country as such the move was welcome .

He said the African union and SADC agenda of industrialization would only be realized when Infrastructure such as roads, rail, ports and airports were built.

He said about 70% of Zambia’s Foreign Direct Investment comes from South Africa adding that the bilateral relations between the two countries cannot be ignored.

The Zambian delegation was led by Ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary, accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Infrastructure and housing ,Zambia Railways ,Zambia Revenue Authority and Industrial Development Cooperation.

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ZAMBIA TO HOST 2019 SOUTHERN AFRICA LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND MUNICIPAL SPORTS TOURNAMENT

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
Pretoria – Friday 29th September 2017
Zambia has been nominated to host the 2019 Southern Africa Local Authorities and Municipal sports Tournament.

Zambia Local Authority Sports Association president Sam Nyirenda confirmed the development in Pretoria South Africa where Zambia is participating in this year’s Southern Africa Local Authorities and Municipal tournament.
Mr Nyirenda said Zambia was unanimously chosen to host the 2019 tournament following an understanding by SADC Member State .

He said Zambia was ready to host the games adding that it will enhance the spirit of unity in the SADC region.

He noted that Zambia would benefit from hosting this prestigious Event as over four thousand sports men and women will be in the country .
He added that apart from it being a sporting event the tournament will be a source of revenue and tourism in hosting Towns.

And the Zambia Netball Team represented by Lusaka City Council has sailed through to the finals after defeating the defending champions Buffaloes of Eastern Cape Municipality .

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ZAMBIA PARTICIPATES IN THIS YEAR’S SAMISA CHAMPIONSHIP

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
Pretoria – Wednesday 27th September 2017

Zambia is participating in this year’s Southern African Local Authorities and Municipal Council annual sports tournament being held in Middleburg, South Africa.

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, His Excellency Mr Emmanuel Mwamba has expressed happiness that Zambia sent a powerful delegation to the sports festival.

He said relations among countries were truly enhanced through people to people interactions as promoted by this sports festival among regional local authorities.

Zambia is being represented by Lusaka and Kitwe City Coucils respectively in the City council category while Kabwe,chililabombwe and Kalulushi Municipal councils are representing the country in the Municipality category.
The tournament which kicked off on Sunday has seen over 12 countries participating in the prestigious annual Local Authorities tournament.

Among the sports discipline which Zambia is participating in includes football,netball ,volleyball,Chess and pool.
The teams are being led by Mandevu Ward 21 Councillor Teddy Mwamba and Mpulungu .ward 23 Councillor Christopher Shakafuswa.

Zambia has so far put up a splendid performance in the netball category represented by Lusaka City Council who have managed to win all group stage games progressing to the Semifinals.

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ZAMBIA CALLS FOR AFRICAN COUNTRIES DECOLONIZE THEIR CURRENT EDUCATION SYSTEM

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
Pretoria –Friday, 22nd September 2017

Zambia has called on African countries to decolonise their current education system for Africa to achieve economic prosperity
Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba says the current education systems that African countries have embraced glorifies white-collar jobs which are scarce to create.
He said Africa’s biggest economy and potential was in its vast natural resources which demands for skills and trades education.
Mr. Mwamba said the despising of trades and skills education in Africa has worked against the continent as it has missed the right education to bring about economic independence.
He was speaking as Guest of Honour at the Global Summit held at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa which had over 11 countries and governments participating including South Africa represented by that Countries Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu and Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.
He said Africa was the richest continent on earth owing to its natural resource endowment and demographic dividends which countries should efficiently make use off to economically empower their citizens
Mr. Mwamba mentioned that Africa’s worst enemy was the current education system which prevented Africa’s potential to generate wealth through entrepreneurship.
He further urged African countries to unite and increase volumes trade among its people to ensure that the wealth that Africa was generating remained on the continent
By Press time, Managing Director of Barclays Bank Zambia Mizinga Melu was scheduled to deliver her speech.
Meanwhile, Summit Convenor President Zienzi Dillon said Africa was poised to become an economic giant of the world as she has woken up from slumber
She observed that African countries were accelerating their speed to catch up and over take developing countries as leaders have now become aware of what needs to be done to become economically independent
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ACC Says Integrity Committees To Help Seal Lope-Holes and Practices that Breed Corruption

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
Pretoria – Monday, 18th September 2017

The Zambian Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) says the legal requirement for public institutions to form Integrity Committees will help seal lope-holes and practices that breed corruption.
Anti- Corruption Commission Acting Director General Kapetwa Phiri says Integrity Committees in public institutions have boosted the fight against corruption through introduction of whistle-blower policies and service charters in law enforcement and regulatory institutions.

He expressed happiness with the progress that Zambia has so far recorded in the fight against corruption as 56 organisation had formed Integrity Committees of which 54 were in the public sector.
Mr. Phiri was speaking today at the Commonwealth Africa Heads of Anti- Corruption Agencies Training being held in Pretoria South Africa which has drawn the participation of over 13 countries from Africa

He said Zambia has scored significant achievements towards the creation of a corrupt free Zambia by embracing e-governance as a mechanism of reducing contact between members of the public and service providers.
Mr. Phiri said the creation of a corrupt free Zambia was a national program as government was inculcating ethical values and patriotism in its citizens.

And Mr. Phiri has called for increased collaboration between Anti-Corruption agencies across Africa to help bring out coordination among countries in fighting corruption as it was trans boundary nature
He observed that coordination among agencies would help to successfully prosecute economic crimes whose proceeds have been invested in foreign jurisdiction.

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ZAMBIA COMMENDS SADC

Zambia has commended the Southern African Development Community (SADC) decision to defer the launch of the SADC Television Bouquet aimed at promoting regional integration
Zambia’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting Kampamba Mulenga said the decision would enable SADC member states to come up with an acceptable framework that will promote the fair sharing of TV content and the retention of heritage.
Ms. Kampamba confirmed that SADC Ministers who are attending the SADC meeting on Communications and ICT in Durban South Africa deferred the launch to August 2018 due to many factors that were not clarified.
She said among the factors were the nature and harmonisation of local content into the SADC television bouquet, language barriers and regulatory framework that would ensure that there was integration with the norms of members countries
Ms. Kampamba noted that a team of technocrats has since been constituted and tasked to find best ways of addressing the contentious issues to facilitate for the launch of the regional digital television bouquet.
Meanwhile, Transport and Communications Minister Brian Mushimba says Zambia has the potential of raising over six million dollars annually through enactment of a levy on the usage of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
He said Zambia has a huge number of subscribers using smart phones that enable them deliver voice communication using different methods.
Mr. Mushimba said government will consider the idea as a tax revenue measure as this has already been implemented in some African countries at minute costs to internet users.
He was speaking during the SADC meeting of Ministers for Communications and ICT in Durban South Africa

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Finance Minister Felix Mutati Assures Investors in S.A on Zambia’s Economic Environment Stability.

Pretoria – Monday 21st August , 2017
Finance Minister Felix Mutati has assured the investor community in South Africa that Zambia’s Economic Environment has stabilised following the consistent economic policies.
Mr. Mutati says the economic trajectory for Zambia was positive and growing stronger as the country was enjoying entrenched democracy and political stability.
He was speaking at the infrastructure Africa Business Forum held at the Convention Centre in Sandton South Africa attended by that country’s Commerce Minister Rob Davies and several investors from both within and outside South Africa.
Mr. Mutati said Zambia’s micro economic fundamentals were going in the right direction as inflation was low and exchange rate stable.
He observed that good governance and policy consistent has been the hall mark of Zambia’s economic gains so far.
Mr. Mutati expressed gratitude to the South African investors for investing over one billion dollars in various sectors of Zambian economy so far this year, adding that Zambia was now a preferred investment destination in Africa
And Mr. Mutati has urged on African governments to prioritise infrastructure development to enable Africa compete effectively at the international level
He observed that Africa’s competitiveness was being eroded as freight costs were as high as 200 per cent in most countries
Mr. Mutati said there was need for innovative financing and better use of the existing infrastructure as key to handling infrastructure deficit that Africa was grappling with.
He appealed to the private sector to partner with governments to introduce new technologies that would help in bridging the infrastructure gap
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ZAMBIA AND OTHERS A ROLE MODEL OF DEMOCRACY-SADC EXECUTIVE SECRETARY Dr. TAX

Pretoria- Tuesday 15th August 2017

Zambia has been praised by the Southern Africa Development Community(SADC) for growth in its Democracy.

Speaking during the official opening of the SADC Council of Ministers, SADC Executive Secretary Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax praised Zambia and others that recently held national elections for holding credible, peaceful and free and fair elections.

She said Zambia, Lesotho and Seychelles held elections that were monitored by international observers including SADC and that the elections were held in a free and fair atmosphere.

“We are proud of the region. Zambia, Lesotho and Seychelles held very successful and credible elections. We congratulate the governments of Zambia, Lesotho and Seychelles for this growth in Democracy”.

Zambia is represented by Minister of National Planning Development Hon. Lucky Mulusa, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Hon. Margaret Mwanakatwe and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Harry Kalaba.

The technical team is led by Permanent Secretaries Mrs. Kayula Siame and Lombe Chalwe.

Since the meeting opened on 10th August 2017, critical issues related to sectors of Energy, Disaster preparedness, Agriculture development, climate change, regional cooperation, banking and financial matters, quest to honour founding fathers, anti-poaching strategies and other matters that should promote peace, security, trade and investment and regional integration in the region
President Edgar Lungu is expected to arrive in Pretoria on Friday 18th August 2017 to attend the Heads of State Summit Meeting.

South Africa and President Jacob Zuma will take over the SADC 2017-2018 Chairmanship while President Edgar Lungu will take over the critical organ of Defense and Security.