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  • Long overlooked in favor of more established safari destinations like South Africa and Tanzania, Zambia remains one of Africa’s unsung treasures. But as I discovered on a visit last January, it’s bound to become one of the continent’s shining stars

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  • When I am asked “is Zambia safe?” my inclination is to say yes, of cause. I stayed at a hostel in Lusaka (Backpackers), I never had a problem.

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President Edgar Lungu with PF Mangango Parliamentary Candidate Godwin Putu during a rally ground rally at Chilomo School in Kaoma District on Saturday, November 17,2018 -Pictures by EDDIE MWANALEZA ... See MoreSee Less

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Press Statement
For Immediate Release
17th November, 2018
Zambia has supported the motion that the selection panel for the Senior leadership of the African Union Commission should be comprised of former Presidents, former Foreign Affairs Ministers and former Chairpersons of the African Union Commission with regional representation.
Speaking when she made an intervention statement on the reforms of the African Union during the opening of the 11th Extraordinary Summit for Heads of States and Government, Vice President Inonge Wina said Zambia supported the motion in view of the understanding that the eminent personalities were part of the vision owners of the Africa union flagship programme dubbed Agenda 2063.
The Vice President said the decisive development to reform the African Union would richly contribute to the attainment of Agenda 2063, a strategic framework for socio economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years.
She reiterated government’s commitment to the reform process and expressed Zambia’s desire that the AU moves expeditiously as well as methodically in completing the landmark effort to reform the institution.
She commended the African Union for spearheading the reforms saying the soil was fertile for the critical and landmark achievement which would in turn also ensure gender parity on the continent.
‘’The reforms are extremely important especially as they aim at ensuring Gender parity. This is a fundamental breakthrough for women in Africa who will directly benefit in many ways. Significantly, women will have the opportunity to participate on an equal footing in the development of the continent’’, she said.
She applauded the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr Abiy Ahmed for leading by example in promoting equal representation of women in Government.
Ethiopia is the only African country that has a female President. The Country also has a female leader of the Supreme Court and a female Minister of Defense.
And officially opening the 11th Extra Ordinary Summit, AU Chairperson Paul Kagame emphasized that the purpose of the summit was to advance the institutional reform of the Union as events on the continent continued to affirm the urgency and necessity of the initiative.
He said Africa should realize that nothing was impossible when the continent is united. ’’It was your unwavering support that brought Africa’s candidate to head the francophone, Loiuse Mushikiwabo , to victory. This shows yet again that when we are united, nothing is impossible for Africa, ‘’ he said.
He welcomed the lifting of sanctions against Eritrea by the UN Security Council stating that the action would contribute to the ongoing process of the normalization in the horn of Africa.
He further extended condolences to the governments and people Malawi and Tanzania for this week’s tragic loss of their peace keepers in Congo.
Ethiopian Prime Minister, Dr Abiy Ahmed who spoke during the official opening said Africa could achieve more if the continent was united. He took the opportunity to urge African Nations to consider actualizing the CFTA so that Africa countries could freely trade with each other.
AUC Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat reiterated that the proposed reforms would enhance the commission’s efficiency.
Issued by
Mrs.Inutu Mupango Mwanza
First Secretary-Press/Tourism
Zambia Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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PRESIDENT LUNGU ADDRESSES A RALLY IN MANGANGO

Edgar Chagwa Lungu
Fellow citizens,

We are streaming live from #Kaoma district in Western Province where I have come to address a public rally in Chilombo Shikombe Ward, Mangango constituency.

I am in Kaoma to drum up support for the 41 year old Mangango constituency Patriotic Front candidate Godwin Putu in the by-election slated for November 20, 2018.

Mangango Constituency is situated in the outskirt of Kaoma district and has 7 wards with 33 polling stations and over 15, 000 registered voters.

Join me as I work to bring development to our people.

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President Edgar Chagwa Lungu during the official launch of the 2018/2019 national planting season at Chief Chibwika's Farm in Mwinilunga District on Thursday,November 15,2018-Pictures by EDDIE MWANALEZA ... See MoreSee Less

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SPEECH BY
HIS EXCELLENCY MR. EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA,
AT THE LAUNCH OF THE 2018/2019 PLANTING SEASON
IN MWINILUNGA, NORTH WESTERN PROVINCE
THURSDAY, 15TH NOVEMBER, 2018

STATE HOUSE

• MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, HON. MICHAEL KATAMBO, MP;
• MINISTER OF FISHERIES AND LIVESTOCK, HON. KAMPAMBA MULENGA, MP;
• YOUR ROYAL HIGHNESSES PRESENT;
• PRESIDENT OF THE ZAMBIA NATIONAL FARMERS UNION, MR JERVIS ZIMBA;
• FELLOW FARMERS;
• MEMBERS OF THE PRESS;
• DISTINGUISHED GUESTS;
• LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

I WISH TO THANK THE PEOPLE OF NORTH WESTERN PROVINCE FOR WELCOMING ME AND TURNING UP TO WITNESS THE LAUNCH OF THE 2018/2019 PLANTING SEASON HERE IN MWINILUNGA DISTRICT.
IT IS INDEED GRATIFYING TO COME TO NORTH WESTERN PROVINCE KNOWING THAT THIS IS ONE OF THE PROVINCES IN OUR COUNTRY WHICH HAS A HUGE POTENTIAL FOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION.

AS GOVERNMENT, WE ARE KEEN TO ACCELERATE AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT IN THE COUNTRY AND PARTICULARLY NORTH WESTERN PROVINCE AS THIS IS ONE OF OUR ECONOMY’S PRIORITY SECTOR.
TO PROPEL THIS SECTOR, WE HAVE PUT IN PLACE FAVOURABLE POLICIES AND ARE IMPLEMENTING VARIOUS PROGRAMMES ACROSS ITS SUB-SECTORS AMONG THEM CROPS, LIVESTOCK AND FISHERIES.
HOWEVER, THE PERFORMANCE OF THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR IS ALSO DEPENDANT ON A NUMBER OF FACTORS SOME OF WHICH ARE NATURAL OCCURENCES SUCH AS THE CHANGING CLIMATIC CONDITIONS AS WAS THE CASE DURING THE 2017/2018 AGRICULTURAL SEASON.
THE SITUATION DURING THIS AGRICULTURAL SEASON RESULTED IN SOME PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, ESPECIALLY THE SOUTHERN HALF RECEIVING ERRATIC RAINS THEREBY NEGATIVELY AFFECTING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION.
CLIMATE CHANGE IS A PHENOMENON WHICH WE WILL CONTINUE TO GRAPPLE WITH. HOWEVER, REGARDLESS OF ITS UNFAVOURABLE EFFECTS, GOVERNMENT IS WORKING TIRELESSLY TO ENSURE THAT FARMERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PRACTICE AND ADOPT GOOD AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES. SOME OF THE PRACTICES INCLUDE CONSERVATION FARMING METHODS AND AGRO FORESTRY.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:
OUR COUNTRY IS FORTUNATE AS IT HAS THREE AGRO ECOLOGICAL REGIONS WITH LOW, MEDIUM AND HIGH RAINFALL PATTERNS.
CURRENTLY, THE RAINFALL PATTERN IN OUR COUNTRY HAS SHIFTED TOWARDS THE NORTHERN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. THIS HAS BEEN SHOWN BY THE RECENT HIGH CROP PRODUCTION FIGURES IN NORTHERN, MUCHINGA AND LUAPULA PROVINCES. THE CROP PURCHASES BY THE FOOD RESERVE AGENCY FROM THE NORTHERN HALF OF ZAMBIA ALSO ATTEST TO THIS DEVELOPMENT.
NORTH WESTERN PROVINCE IS WITHIN THE HIGH RAINFALL ZONE WITH AN AVERAGE RAIN OF 1, 200 MILIMETRES ANNUALLY. THIS PROVINCE IS ALSO ENDOWED WITH VAST FERTILE LAND SUITABLE FOR THE PRODUCTION OF A WIDE RANGE OF CROPS.
I THEREFORE, URGE THE PEOPLE OF NORTH WESTERN PROVINCE TO UTILISE THE GOOD NATURAL RESOURCES AND FAVOURABLE RAINFALL PATTERN TO INCREASE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION.
LET ME ALSO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CALL UPON OUR TRADITIONAL LEADERS TO EMBRACE BOTH LOCAL AND FOREIGN INVESTORS WHO MAY BE INTERESTED IN INVESTING IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION. THIS WILL STEER THE PROVINCE TO ANOTHER LEVEL IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:
I AM CONFIDENT THAT NORTH WESTERN PROVINCE IS POISED TO BE THE NEW COPPERBELT OF ZAMBIA WITH THE MASSIVE NEW MINING INVESTMENTS IN LUMWANA AND KALUMBILA.
WITH SUCH INVESTMENTS, MORE PEOPLE WILL BE ATTRACTED TO THIS PROVINCE IN SEARCH OF EMPLOYMENT AND OTHER BUSINESS ACTIVITIES, AS IS THE CASE NOW. THIS ENTAILS THAT THERE WILL BE INCREASED DEMAND FOR FOOD IN THE REGION. THEREFORE, IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING THAT THE PROVINCE MUST TAKE UP THIS CHALLENGE.
I THEREFORE, CALL UPON THE PEOPLE OF NORTH WESTERN PROVINCE TO GROW SUFFICIENT FOOD TO MEET THE GROWING DEMAND NOT ONLY IN THE PROVINCE, BUT ALSO NEIGBOURING ANGOLA AND THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC).
THE CLIMATIC CONDITIONS FOR NORTH WESTERN PROVINCE IS APPROPRIATE FOR THE PRODUCTION OF A WIDE RANGE OF CROPS SUCH AS BEANS, SOYABEANS, SWEET POTATOES AND IRISH POTATOES AS EARLIER ALLUDED TO.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:
TURNING TO MWINILUNGA, WE ARE ALL AWARE THAT THE DISTRICT IS WELL KNOWN FOR PINEAPPLE PRODUCTION. THEREFORE, IN THE SPIRIT OF DIVERSIFICATION, I WISH TO IMPLORE OUR FARMERS TO SCALE UP PRODUCTION OF PINEAPPLES AND OTHER CROPS WHICH ARE WIDELY GROWN IN VARIOUS PARTS OF NORTH WESTERN PROVINCE.
THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THERE IS ALREADY A YAWNING MARKET FOR A WIDE RANGE OF FOOD CROPS ON THE DOMESTIC AND REGIONAL MARKETS. WE MUST LEVERAGE THIS OPPORTUNITY.
AS GOVERNMENT, WE WILL CONTINUE TO FACILITATE THE GROWTH OF THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR BY DEVISING CONDUCIVE POLICIES AIMED AT PROMOTING INVESTMENT AND INCREASED PRODUCTION AND VALUE ADDITION.
TO ACHIEVE A FLOURISHING AGRICULTURAL SECTOR, GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO PUTTING IN PLACE INFRASTRUCTURE SUCH AS FEEDER ROADS, IRRIGATION FACILITIES AND STORAGE SHEDS.
IN THAT REGARD, I WISH TO NOTE THAT RECENTLY, THE FOOD RESERVE AGENCY CONSTRUCTED STORAGE FACILITIES IN ZAMBEZI AND MWINILUNGA DISTRICTS WITH STORAGE CAPACITY OF 6,000 METRIC TONNES AND 5,000 METRIC TONNES RESPECTIVELY.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:
THE 2018/2019 AGRICULTURAL SEASON HAS ALREADY COMMENCED AND HENCE THE LAUNCH OF THE PLANTING SEASON WE ARE GATHERED HERE FOR TODAY. IN THIS REGARD, I EXPECT RESPECTIVE INSTITUTIONS TO ENSURE A SPEEDY DELIVERY OF VARIOUS FARMING INPUTS TO ENABLE OUR FARMERS START PRODUCTION TIMELY.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT INPUTS ARE BROUGHT CLOSER TO FARMERS TO AVOID THEM FROM INCURRING HIGH TRANSPORT COSTS. PLEASE BEAR IN MIND THAT A GOOD START OF THE PLANTING SEASON WILL CONTRIBUTE TO A GOOD HARVEST.
HAVING SAID THAT, IT IS NOW MY SINGULAR HONOUR AND PRIVILEGE TO OFFICIALLY LAUNCH THE 2017/2018 PLANTING SEASON.
LET US ALL LOOK FORWARD TO A VERY GOOD AGRICULTURAL SEASON.
I THANKYOU AND MAY GOD BLESS.
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President Lungu on arrival in Mwinilunga

Edgar Chagwa Lungu
We are streaming live from Chief Chibwika's Palace in #Mwinilunga district where I have come to pay a courtesy call before proceeding to launch the 2018/2019 planting season.

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PRESIDENT EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU ARRIVES ON A WORKING VISIT IN SOLWEZI ,NORTH WESTERN PROVINCE

Edgar Chagwa Lungu
Fellow countrymen and women,

We have arrived safely here at #Solwezi Airport in North Western province on a working visit to the region.

I am scheduled to officiate at the national launch the 2018/2019 planting season at Chief Chibwika's Farm in #Mwinilunga District later today.

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SPEECH BY
HIS EXECELLENCY MR EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES
AT THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE WORLD BANK’S INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (IDA) MID-TERM REVIEW MEETING
13THNOVEMBER 2018

AVANI HOTEL, LIVINGSTONE

STATE HOUSE
LUSAKA

• HON. MARGARET MWANAKATWE, MP. MINISTER OF FINANCE
• HON. ALEXANDER CHITEME, MP, MINISTER OF NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING
• HON. PROFESSOR MTHULI NCUBE, MINISTER OF FINANCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE
• HON. EDIFY HAMUKALE, SOUTHERN PROVINCE MINISTER,
• HIS WORSHIP, THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF LIVINGSTONE
• MS. KRISTALINA GEORGIEVA, WORLD BANK MANAGING DIRECTOR AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
• MR. HAFEZ GHANEM, WORLD BANK VICE-PRESIDENT FOR AFRICA
• MR. AXEL VAN TROTSENBURG, WORLD BANK VICE-PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT FINANCE
• DR. DENNY KALYALYA, BANK OF ZAMBIA GOVERNOR AND IDA BORROWER REPRESENTATIVE, AFRICA GROUP 1 CONSTITUENCY
• MS. ANNE KABAGAMBE, WORLD BANK GROUP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR AFRICA GROUP1 CONSTITUENCY
• DISTINGUISHED DELEGATES
• MEMBERS OF THE PRESS

ALLOW ME ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE AND GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA TOWELCOME ALL OUR VISITING DELEGATES TO ZAMBIA AND IN PARTICULAR TO OUR TOURIST CAPITAL, LIVINGSTONE.

I AM GREATLY HONOURED TO OFFICIALLY OPEN THIS HIGH-LEVEL MID-TERM REVIEW MEETING OF THE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (IDA-18) OF THE WORLD BANK GROUP.

LET ME THEREFORE EXPRESS MY GOVERNMENT’S PROFOUND GRATITUDE TO THE WORLD BANK GROUP FOR ACCORDING ZAMBIA THE OPPORTUNITY TO HOST THIS IMPORTANT MEETING.

WE ARE GREATLY HONOURED AND PROUD TO BE THE FIRST SOUTHERN AFRICAN COUNTRY TO HOST THE MEETING.

THE WORLD BANK GROUP IS A HUGELY IMPORTANT GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT PARTNER THAT HAS PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN ZAMBIA’S DEVELOPMENT AGENDA SINCE THE 1950’S.

AS ONE OF OUR LONG TERM PARTNERS, THE WORLD BANK GROUP HAS FINANCED 250 PROJECTS THROUGH CONCESSIONAL IDA CREDITS AND GRANTS WITH A CUMMULATIVE VALUE OF US$ 4.6 BILLION OVER THE YEARS.

DISTINGUISHED DELEGATES
THE BANK HAS SUPPORTED TRANSFORMATIONAL PROJECTS SUCH AS THE KARIBA DAM, THE MOST IMPORTANT SOURCE OF HYDRO POWER FOR ZAMBIA AND ZIMBABWE.

INDEED, THE BANK’S ROLE CONTINUES TO BE SEEN IN IMPORTANT SECTORS SUCH ASENERGY, AGRICULTURE, TOURISM, WATER, TRANSPORT, HEALTH, AND EDUCATION.

EVEN IN CHALLENGING TIMES, THE WORLD BANK’S COMMITMENT TO DEVELOPMENT HAS BEEN STRONG.

ZAMBIA’S ALLOCATION BETWEEN THE IDA-17 ANDIDA-18 REPLENISHMENTS HAS INCREASED OVER 70 PERCENT FROM US$248 MILLION TO US$424 MILLION SPECIAL DRAWING RIGHTS (SDR) IN IDA17 AND IDA 18 RESPECTIVELY.

ALLOW ME TO EMPHASIZE THE EXCEPTIONAL CONTRIBUTION OF IDA WHICH, THROUGH GRANTS AND CONCESSIONAL LOANS, HAS ASSISTED THE WORLD’S POOREST COUNTRIES TO ACCELERATE THEIR PACE OF ECONOMICDEVELOPMENT; ADDRESS INCOME AND GENDER INEQUALITIES; TACKLE ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES; STRENGTHEN INSTITUTIONS, AND IMPROVE PEOPLE’S LIVING CONDITIONS.

IDA IS ONE OF THE LARGEST SOURCES OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO THE WORLD’S 75 POOREST COUNTRIES, 39 OF WHICH ARE IN AFRICA. FURTHER, IDA IS THE SINGLE LARGEST SOURCE OF FINANCING FOR BASIC SOCIAL SERVICES, INCLUDING INVESTMENTS IN THE CRITICAL COMPONENTS OF HUMAN CAPITAL.

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IT IS THEREFORE CRITICALLY IMPORTANT THAT THE PARTNERSHIP WITH IDA REMAINS STRONG AND SUSTAINABLE TO ACHIEVE THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL (SDGS).

IN ZAMBIA, IDA’S CURRENT PORTFOLIO IS APPROXIMATELY US$1.2 BILLION SUPPORTING 21 KEY PROJECTS WHICH INCLUDE IRRIGATION DEVELOPMENT, SCALING SOLAR, CLIMATE RESILIENCE, IMPROVED RURAL CONNECTIVITY, LIVESTOCK DEVELOPMENT, GIRLS AND WOMEN EMPOWERMENT AND REGIONAL PROJECTS.

IT IS IN THIS REGARD, THAT I WISH TO EXPRESS MY GOVERNMENT’S APPRECIATION TO IDA’S CONTINUED SUPPORT AND TO THE COOPERATING PARTNER COUNTRIES WHO ARE FINANCING THE IDA ENVELOPE.

DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, SUCH AS OURS, STILL HAVE A LOT TO DO TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF THE ORDINARY CITIZENS.

THE HOSTING OF THIS IDA MEETING IN THIS REGION IS A SIGNIFICANT REMINDER OF THE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES THAT ARE PLACED ON US AS LEADERS TO ENSURE THAT WE MAKE THE BEST USE OF INCREASINGLY SCARCE IDA RESOURCES.

THIS IS IN AN EFFORT TO FIGHT THE POVERTY THAT ADVERSELY IMPACT ON THE LIVES OF THE MAJORITY OF OUR PEOPLE.

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WE, THEREFORE, HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO EMBARK ON A PATH THAT WILL LEAD US TO THE ATTAINMENT OF THE SDGS.

FURTHER, I WOULD LIKE TO UNDERSCORE THE NEED FOR SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF IDA FUNDED PROJECTS, ESPECIALLY THAT MOST OF THE DEVELOPING COUNTRIES ARE INCREASINGLY FACING THE THREAT OF HIGH DEBT LEVELS, AND REDUCED ACCESS TO CHEAPER FINANCING.

THE DEBT SITUATION DOES NOT ONLY REQUIRE URGENT AND APPROPRIATE POLICY RESPONSES, BUT ALSO AFFORDABLE FINANCING MECHANISMS.

IN THIS REGARD, MATTERS RELATING TO GOOD GOVERNANCE, SOUND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, EFFECTIVE PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION AND COST EFFICIENCY IN THE CONDUCT OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS ARE CARDINAL.

FUNDS, WHETHER FROM COOPERATING PARTNERS OR FROM DOMESTIC RESOURCES, COME AT A GREAT COST TO TAXPAYERS IN GIVING AND RECIPIENT COUNTRIES ALIKE.

MISUSE OR MISAPPROPRIATION OF FUNDS, CORRUPTION, MIS-PROCUREMENT AND POOR PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION MUST BE DEALT WITH DECISIVELY.

IN THIS REGARD, I THEREFORE EMPHASIZE THE NEED TO BUILD STRONG GOVERNANCE INSTITUTIONS.

IN ZAMBIA WE ARE DEALING WITH THESE ISSUES DIRECTLY. WE HAVE, FOR EXAMPLE, RECENTLY PASSED A NEW PUBLIC FINANCE MANAGEMENT ACT THAT HAS INTRODUCED STIFF, DECISIVE ADMINISTRATIVE AND LEGAL ACTIONS, WHICH HAVE ALREADY SEEN PERPETRATORS OF SUCH ACTS BEING DISMISSED IMMEDIATELY AND LEGAL ACTION BEING TAKEN.

WE WILL CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN OTHER LAWS DEALING WITH MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC FINANCES. KEY AMONG THEM IS THE REPEAL OF THE CURRENT PROCUREMENT LAW TO INTRODUCE ELEMENTS OF COST CONTROL THROUGH BENCHMARKING OF PRICING AND USE OF EXPERT ESTIMATES TO GUIDE THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS.

WE ARE ALSO IN THE PROCESS OF ENACTING A NEW PLANNING AND BUDGETING BILL THAT WILL ENSURE VALUE FOR MONEY AND GUIDANCE OF NATIONAL PRIORITIES AS WELL AS LINKING BUDGETS TO PLANS.

ON DEBT MANAGEMENT, ZAMBIA WILL REMAIN STEADFAST IN ENSURING THAT OUR DEBT REMAINS SUSTAINABLE AND DOES NOT COMPROMISE OUR SOVEREIGNTY IN ANY WAY WHATSOEVER.

IT IS IN THIS REGARD THAT THE COUNTRY IS IMPLEMENTING BOLD MEASURES TO ENSURE THAT WE ACHIEVE DEBT AND FISCAL SUSTAINABILITY.

MY GOVERNMENT IS RECEPTIVE TO SOUND ADVICE AND SUPPORT FROM COOPERATING PARTNERS. WE ARE COMMITTED TO IMPROVING TRANSPARENCY ON DEBT MANAGEMENT AND REPORTING.

I ALSO WISH TO STRESS ZAMBIA’S COMMITMENT TO CREATING A CONDUCIVE ATMOSPHERE TO REFORMS AIMED AT STRENGTHENING GOOD GOVERNANCE AND UPHOLDING THE RULE OF LAW.

ON THE PART OF THE BANK, I IMPLORE THE BANK TO ENSURE THAT IT PUTS IN PLACE URGENT MEASURES TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF DEBT BY, AMONG OTHERS, INCREASING SUPPORT TO DEBT MANAGEMENT, IMPROVING THE EFFICIENCY IN PUBLIC INVESTMENT AND ENHANCING DOMESTIC RESOURCE MOBILIZATION, AS WELL AS IN ADDRESSING ILLICIT FINANCIAL FLOWS.

LET ME NOW ADDRESS A FEW ISSUES REGARDING PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION. LOW ABSORPTIVE CAPACITY OF IDA RESOURCES HAS REMAINED A KEY CONCERN IN MANY BENEFICIARY COUNTRIES.

A NUMBER OF CHALLENGES, SUCH AS, DELAYS IN OBTAINING NECESSARY LEGAL CLEARANCES HAVE ADVERSELY AFFECTED SPEEDY COMPLETION OF PROJECTS.

IN ZAMBIA, FOR EXAMPLE, THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME OF THE MEASURES THAT ARE BEING UNDERTAKEN TO ADDRESS THIS CHALLENGE:

(a) APPOINTMENT OF DEDICATED PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION UNITS FOR SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING OF PROJECTS; AND
(b) CREATION OF COMMITTEE STRUCTURES AND ENHANCED DIALOGUE AMONG THE WORLD BANK GROUP AND THE MINISTRIES OF FINANCE AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING.

I AM ALSO GLAD TO NOTE THAT THE WORLD BANK HAS EMBARKED ON AN EXERCISE OF IMPROVING ITS EFFICIENCY IN DELIVERING PROJECTS.

THE SLOW PACE IN THE PROJECT CYCLE HAS BEEN A MAJOR CONCERN FROM THE BANK’S CLIENTS. WE HOPE THAT THIS EXERCISE WILL RESULT IN TIMELY DELIVERY OF PROJECTS, EVEN WITH THE ROLL OUT OF A MORE COMPREHENSIVE SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL FRAMEWORK.

IN ALL THESE ISSUES I HAVE ALLUDED TO, COUNTRY OWNERSHIP, AS WELL AS TAKING INTO ACCOUNT DIFFERENT COMPLEXITIES, IS ESSENTIAL TO THE SUCCESS OF PROGRAMMES.

THE DEVELOPMENTAL LANDSCAPE CONTINUES TO EVOLVE WITH GREATER COMPLEXITIES INVOLVING THE RISK OF FRAGILITY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND PANDEMICS, THAT MOSTLY AFFECT POORER NATIONS.

IN ADDITION THE EMERGING REFUGEE CRISIS REMAINS A CONCERN FOR ALL. ZAMBIA, FOR INSTANCE, HAS RECORDED A SURGE IN THE NUMBER OF REFUGEES FROM THE NEIGHBOURING DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO DUE TO INSTABILITY. WE ARE DOING OUR BEST TO HOST THEM DESPITE BUDGETARY CONSTRAINTS

WE ALSO FEEL THAT ISSUES AROUND MIGRATION ARE A MATTER OF GLOBAL CONCERN AS MANY PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY THE YOUNG, ARE RISKING THEIR LIVES IN SEARCH OF OPPORTUNITIES. THEREFORE, CREATION OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES IN HOME COUNTRIES IS CRITICAL IN ADDRESSING THE GLOBAL MIGRATION PROBLEM.

IN VIEW OF THESE CHALLENGES, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THE CONDITIONS OF THIS ASSISTANCE NEED TO BE ENHANCED. I AM GLAD TO NOTE THAT YOUR MEETING WILL, AMONG OTHER IMPORTANT MATTERS, DISCUSS THE ISSUE OF MIGRATION AND REFUGEE SUPPORT AS WELL AS JOBS AND ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION.

I NOTE THAT THE FINANCING TERMS FOR MIDDLE-INCOME COUNTRIES ARE HARDENING. THIS IS DESPITE THE FACT THAT WHILE INCOMES IN THESE COUNTRIES HAVE RISEN, OTHER ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL INDICATORS COULD STILL BE UNSATISFACTORY.

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THIS IS THE CASE FOR ZAMBIA. SO, AS YOU DISCUSS THE GRADUATION POLICY FOR IDA, I URGE IDA DEPUTIES TO CONSIDER A REVIEW OF THIS CRITERIA TO INCLUDE OTHER PARAMETERS AWAY FROM A PURELY INCOME-BASED CLASSIFICATION.

THE IDA 18 REPLENISHMENT TO FINANCE PROJECTS DURING THE PERIOD 2017 – 2020 IS THE LARGEST IN IDA’S 58-YEAR HISTORY.

THESE UNPARALLELED RESOURCES WERE AND ARE STILL ENVISAGED TO ASSIST IDA COUNTRIES TO RESPOND TO THE MYRIAD DEVELOPMENTAL CHALLENGES THAT THEY FACE.

I WISH TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT UNDER IDA18, LENDING TO INFRASTRUCTURE AND SOCIAL SERVICES IS IN EXCESS OF 60 PERCENT.

IAM GLAD TO NOTE THAT THROUGH THE IDA ENVELOPE, THERE HAS BEEN A MARKED IMPROVEMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING IN RECIPIENT COUNTRIES AND THIS HAS SUPPORTED GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT.

SIMILARLY, SOCIAL SERVICES ARE ESSENTIAL IN HUMAN CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT AND IDA LENDING HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN THIS REGARD.

ZAMBIA IS A WELL-ESTABLISHED FREE AND OPEN MARKET BUILT ON THE STRONG FOUNDATION OF THE RULE OF LAW.

RESPECT FOR PROPERTY RIGHTS IS DEEPLY ENTRENCHED NOT JUST IN OUR ORDINARY STATUTE, BUT IN THE SUPREME LAW OF THE LAW, THE CONSTITUTION.

USING THIS AUSPICUOUS OCCASION THEREFORE, I WANT TO ASSURE DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS THAT YOU ARE MORE THAN WELCOME HERE.

INVESTORS FROM ANY PART OF THE WORLD WILL FIND OUT FOR THEMSELVES THAT WE ARE FRIENDS OF BUSINESS AND WHEN YOU ARE IN DOUBT, TALK TO US.

DON’T LISTEN TO PROPAGANDA IN SOME NEWS MEDIA. YOU CAN SEE FOR YOURSELVES AND WHEN YOU HAVE QUESTIONS TALK TO US. OF COURSE YOU CAN VERIFY ANY INFORMATION WITH ANY FAIR-MINDED INDIVIDUALS AND INSTITUTIONS. YOU WILL LEARN THAT WE ARE AN OPEN BOOK!

YES, ZAMBIA HAS DEBT CHALLENGES IN RESPECT OF SPENDING ON DEBT SERVICING AS A RATIO TO SPENDING ON SOCIAL PROTECTION AND SOCIAL SERVICES.

BUT HEAR IT FROM ME, WE ARE NOT IN DISTRESS. ZAMBIA HAS NEVER DEFAULTED ON ITS DUES AND WE REMAIN COMMITTED NOT TO FALL INTO THAT SITUATION.

WE ARE TAKING MEASURES TOWARDS A SITUATION WHERE ONLY CONCESSIONAL AND VEREY LOW INTEREST LOANS WILL BE ACCEPTABLE AS ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF FINANCING WHEN OUR LOCAL RESOURCES ARE NOT AVAILABLE.

WE SHALL BORROW WHEN WE NEED TO, BUT ONLY FOR INVESTMENT INTO ABSOLUTELY NEEDY AREAS.

WHAT WE HAVE BORROWED IN THE RECENT PAST HAS GONE A LONG WAY INTO INVESTMENTS INTO PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE CRICALLY NECESSARY FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

MY GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO CREATE AN ENABLING BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT TO PROMOTE MORE FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT INTO THE COUNTRY.THEREFORE, ZAMBIA IS THE PLACE TO BE FOR ANY BUSINESS. THIS COUNTRY IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS.

ZAMBIA IS A FREE AND OPEN SOCIETY WHERE MARKET FUNDAMENTALS, RATHER THAN UNDUE STATE INTERVENTIONS, REMAIN THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF THE COUNTRY’S ECONOMIC MANAGEMENT.

AND SINCE WE ARE HERE TO DISCUSS DEVELOPMENT, PARTICULARLY INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, LET ME TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TELL THE WORLD THAT OUR ENGAGMENT WITH INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS IS ALWAYS ON MERIT AND BASED ON MUTUAL RESPECT.

WHEN WE TRADE WITH PARTNERS, WE DO SO CONSCIOUS THAT WE ARE A FULL MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY OF NATIONS.

SO, THOSE WE OWE MONEY THROUGH EURO BONDS CAN BE ASSURED THAT THEIR MONEY IS SAFE WITH US; THOSE WE OWE MONEY THROUGH BILATERAL ARRANGMENTS CAN BE REST ASSURED THAT WE ARE A CREDIBLE PATNER WITH A LONG ESTABLISHED RECORD IN THAT REGARD.

ZAMBIA HAS NOT SOLD OR MORTGAGED ANY OF ITS ASSETS TO ANY LENDERS BE THEY BILATERIAL, MULTILATERAL OR COMMERCIAL PARTNERS.

NONE OF THE STATE-OWNED ENTERPRISES HAS BEEN SOLD TO ANY FOREIGN ENTITY BUT WE INTEND TO PROGRESSIVELY LIST THEM ON THE STOCK MARKET TO MAKE THEM MORE VIABLE AND MORE TRANSPRATNTLY RUN.

LISTING ON THE OPEN MARKET IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY BOTH THE WORLD BANK AND THE IMF AND SO WE INTEND TO TRANSFORM OUT STATE-OWNED ENTERPRISES INTO MORE VIABLE ENTITIES THROUGH THAT ROUTE.

YOU MAY HAVE HEARED FALSEHOODS ABOUT PURPORTED SALE OF OUR NATIONAL POWER UTILITY COMPANY (ZESCO), OUR NATIONAL BROADCASTER (ZNBC), AND OUR FORESTRY COMPANY (ZAFFICCO): I AM HERE AS PRESIDENT TO TELL YOU THAT PLEASE IGNORE SUCH RUMOURS AND SEEK CREDIBLE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION.
AS I CONCLUDE, LET ME REITERATE THE INVALUABLE ROLE THAT IDA IS PLAYING IN THE GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT PROCESS BY AVAILING FINANCIAL RESOURCES TO THE WORLD’S POOREST NATIONS.

IT IS NOW MY SINGULAR HONOUR AND PRIVILEGE TO DECLARE THE IDA MID-TERM REVIEWOFFICIALLY OPEN.

I WISH YOU SUCCESSFUL DELIBERATIONS. I AM CONFIDENT THAT THE OUTCOMES OF THIS MEETING WILL HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE OVER 700 MILLIONPEOPLE LIVING IN EXTREME POVERTY.

I WISH ALL OUR VISITORS AN ENJOYABLE STAY IN ZAMBIA AND I URGE ALL OF YOU TO TAKE TIME AND SAMPLE SOME OF OUR TOURIST PRODUCTS AROUND LIVINGSTONE AND OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY SHOULD YOUR SCHEDULES PERMIT.

I THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS.
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