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WE ARE PROMOTING AND BUILDING MANUFACTURING AND WOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRIES

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRETORIA, Friday 24th November 2017

Land and Natural Resources Minister Jean Kapata has announced that Zambia has placed a total ban on exportation of all forms of timber logs.

Ms Kapata says this was in a bid to help set up and promote timber processing and manufacturing companies in Zambia that would add value to the raw materials that were being exported.

She said the move would help Zambia create jobs through partnerships between the local people and foreign investors.

Ms Kapata was speaking in Pretoria South Africa on the sidelines of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC ) conference for Ministers responsible for Environment Natural Resources ,fisheries Acquaculture and Tourism.

She observed that Zambia was previously losing out on the full value of Timber by exporting raw timber logs to the Far East.

She added that Zambia has since formulated a plan to plant over one million trees this year in order to curb deforestation.

And Ms Kapata disclosed that Zambia was concerned with rampant cases of illegal poaching of endangered animal species such as Rhinoes, Elephants and other species.

She said the German government has since given SADC Countries €20million Euros to protect endangered species by training specialised anti poaching scouts.

Naomi Nyawali
First secretary press and public relation
Zambia High Commission Pretoria South Africa
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CHIEF CHITIMUKULU CALLS FOR PRIVATE SECTOR PARTNERSHIP

Paramount Chief Chitimukulu of the Bemba people of Northern Province has called for partnership between Traditional leaders and the private sector in Zambia.

Chitimukulu Kanyanta Manga II says private sector partnership with traditional Authorities would help coordinate action and principles among entrepreneurs.

The traditional Leader said partnership would Further provide a platform for exchange of ideas concerning sustainable development and society’s well being.

He was speaking in Sandton Johannesburg South Africa on the sidelines of Patrice Motsepe Foundation Conference which attracted Traditional leaders from various SADC Countries

The paramount Chief observed that the partnership between traditional Authorities and private entrepreneurs should be encouraged in Zambia as this had worked in other African Countries.

He also called on exchange programs among various traditional authorities in Southern Africa to help government adopt the best practices.

He said the Zambian government had made strides in ensuring that traditional authorities form part of the governance of the country through the House of Chiefs and formal recognition in the Constitution and laws of Zambia

Kanyanta Manga II has since thanked the Foundation for embracing traditional Authorities in its operation as well as inviting him to participate at the Conference for the second time.

And founder chairperson Patrice Motsepe said traditional authorities were key in national development as they were custodian of land, natural resources and communities in villages!

Mrs Naomi Nyawali
First secretary press and public relation
Zambia High Commission Pretoria South Africa
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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.

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Zambia’s High Commission to South Africa.
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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.

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Zambia’s High Commission to South Africa.
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ZAMBIA CALLS ON SOUTH AFRICA TO REMOVE NON-TARRIF BARRIERS ON ZAMBIAN GOODS

Zambia has called on South Africa to consider removing non-tarrif barriers that are preventing Zambian goods and products.

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba says the current trade imbalance between the two countries would not be reduced when South Africa gives access to its markets as Zambia does to its products.

Mr. Mwamba observed that the stringent certification processes followed in South Africa were posing challenges to many Zambian companies to export to goods and services to that country, hence, causing trade imbalances.

He was speaking in Johannesburg, South Africa, when he conducted a familiarization tour accompanied by officials from the Zambia Development Agency at Trade Kings Limited.

Trade Kings has set up a manufacturing plant for its confectioneries and a distribution centre for its products manufactured in Zambia.

The team was conducting industry tours ahead of the Business Forum Conference scheduled for 1St November 2017

The Zambian High Commission, Zambia Development Agency, Department of Trade and Industry and the Zambia- South Africa business Forum are hosting a “Invest in Zambia” forum which has attracted 300 investment houses and companies.

Mr Mwamba said it was important that South African reciprocated special consideration for Zambian companies doing business in that country as was the case with South African companies doing business in Zambia.

However, he said the High Commission would ensure that the challenges faced by Zambian business entities trying to set up plants or companies in South Africa were addressed following the on-going government to government bilateral talks that have been taking place between the two countries.

And Trade Kings South African branch General Manager Abdur Gangat says his company has been producing high quality products that have met international standards.

He observed that Trade Kings products were competing fairly in other SADC countries as the company was not having difficulties to export to those countries following the investor-friendly certification processes.

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First Secretary Press and Public Relations.
Zambia’s High Commission to South Africa.
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Zambia’s Fourth Republican President calls for increased provision of Education in Africa

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

Pretoria –Tuesday, 31st October 2017

Zambia’s Fourth Republican President His Excellency Mr. Rupiah Bwezani Banda has called on African governments to increase the provision of tertiary education to young people.

Mr. Banda says a well educated African population would help accelerate Africa’s development agenda as young people would be well equipped to rise to the challenges that the continent was facing.

He was speaking at the Round Table of the African Presidential Leadership meeting held in Johannesburg, South Africa attended by Former Nigerian President Good Luck Jonathan and Former Ghanaian President John Mahama and Kailash Purryaa Mautritus and Jakaya Kitwete Tanzania among other several former African Heads of State and dignitaries.

Mr. Banda observed that the world was now living in a technological era which demanded for a well educated population in order to effectively manage every aspects of human life.

He said Africa needed a versatile and innovative model of financing higher education in order to increase access of young people to quality education.

Mr. Banda observed that the solution was in harnessing private and government sectors strengthen in a collaborative way.

He called on former African Heads of State to continue promoting initiatives towards the promotion of higher education on the continent in order for Africa to develop and be competitive in the global village.

Mrs. Naomi Nyawali
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Zambia’s High Commission to South Africa.
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ZAMBIA CELEBRATES 53RD ANNIVERSARY

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
Pretoria – Tuesday, 25th October, 2017

Zambia says her democratic credentials have remained admirable since the introduction of multi-party democracy.
Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba says Zambia has successfully held six credible and democratic elections in the last 26 years.
He said this admirable record has made Zambia to be a flourishing democracy both at regional and continental level.
Mr. Mwamba was speaking during the commemoration of Zambia’s 53rd Independence celebration held at the Zambian Chancery in Pretoria South Africa attended by Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Jean Kapata and that country’s Deputy Minister of Human Settlement Zoe Kota Fredricks among other dignitaries who included Zambia’s football icon Kalusha Bwalya.
Mr. Mwamba noted that Zambia has remained peaceful because she has embraced the spirit of tolerance and sacrifice, principles championed by both past and current leaders.
He noted that Zambia might have her tense moment but always resorted to civil channels of resolving her differences.
Mr. Mwamba has since called on the investor community to invest in Zambia owing to her stability and entrenched democracy.
Mr. Mwamba together with Lands and Natural Resources Minister Jean Kapata further received a book on behalf of f Zambia’s First Republican President Dr. Kenneth Kaunda and his family about his contribution to Zambia’s struggle for independence authored by Dr, Charles Sinkala president of World Native Identity Foundation
And the Guest of Honour Deputy Minister of Human Settlement Ms ZOLEKA Kota Fredricks noted that over the years she has witnessed the expansion and deepening of bilateral cooperation enhanced.
She says this is evident by the signing of more than twenty agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MoU’s), covering a wide range of areas.
Ms Fredricks added that the hospitality, warmth and solidarity shown to President Tambo by the Zambian government and people will live in the memories of all South Africans to infinity.
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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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Zambia’s High Commission to South Africa.
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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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Zambia’s High Commission to South Africa.
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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’s High Commission to South Africa.
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