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EU lifts ban on Zambian airlines

BRUSSELS, Friday 17th June, 2016 – The European Commission has lifted the ban imposed on Zambian airlines. The development follows Zambia’s successfully meeting the European Union (EU) international air-safety standards.
Last month, the Zambian delegation from the Aviation department, led by Transport and Communications Permanent Secretary Mr. Misheck Lungu successfully presented to the European Commission Zambia’s progress report. The report outlined key areas the Government has achieved in meeting international air safety standards.
After reviewing the report, the Commission expressed satisfaction at Zambia’s tremendous achievements and cooperation, and has since cleared the country from the list. EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc announced yesterday in Brussels that all Zambian certified airlines are now free to use the European air space.
This development is a huge boost for Zambia’s trade with the EU especially that the Government in March this year signed a Bilateral Air service Agreement with the Government of the Grand Dutch of Luxembourg. Accessing the European skies and market will increase and boost volumes of trade and tourism between Zambia and the EU.


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Lambwe Kachali [Mr]
First Secretary (Press & Public Relations)

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Zambia signs Air Services Agreement with Luxembourg

http://zebru.org/images/h.e%20ambassador%20kabwe%20%20her%20luxembourg%20counterpart%20mr%20bausch%20signing%20the%20bilateral%20air%20service%20agreement%20in%20luxembourg.jpgLUXEMBOURG, Tuesday 1st March, 2016 – The Zambian Government has signed Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) with the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
Representing the Government of the Republic of Zambia was the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Zambia to Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and The European Union, Mrs. Grace M. Mutale Kabwe, while Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg was represented by Minister of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure Mr François Bausch.
The Agreement provides a legal framework for the establishment of a direct Cargo airline between Luxembourg and Zambia.
Ambassador Kabwe expressed satisfaction that the establishment of the air route will promote trade between the two nations. She said to cope with the long term traffic demand and maintain competitiveness as an aviation hub, the Zambian government is currently working on the expansion of the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport and upgrade its runway system.
“In this regard, I wish to take this opportunity to confirm that the Zambian Aeronautical Authority has accepted the designation by the Aeronautical Authority of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Martin Air, a Luxembourg registered Cargo Airline on the Luxembourg – Lusaka vice versa route while awaiting the designation of a passenger Airline,” she said.
The Zambian envoy said the establishment of Air services will definitely promote business not only between Zambia and Luxembourg, but also between Europe and Southern Africa.
“As you are aware, Zambia has over the years continued to record strong economic growth in many sectors, including the horticulture industry, which will benefit from the direct air link as its products will be exported and distributed in Europe through Luxembourg efficiently; thereby boosting volumes of trade. Furthermore, Zambia as home of the Victoria Falls, offers a wider variety of tourist attractions,” said Ambassador Kabwe. “So far, Zambia is regarded as the millennium tourist and investment destination in Southern Africa. In view of this, as Cargo flights take off, let us work around the clock to ensure that the passenger airline is established as soon as possible to further boost trade and tourism between our two nations.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Issued by:                                                             

Lambwe Kachali [Mr] 
First Secretary (Press & Public Relations)

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Zambia calls for investment in fish management

Zambia's Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Given Lubinda during the 4th ACP Fisheries & Aquaculture Ministerial Meeting in Brussels - July 2015BRUSSELS, FRIDAY 24TH JULY, 2015 – Zambia’s Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Mr Given Lubinda has called for significant investment in fisheries and fish management among ACP countries.
Mr Lubinda, on Thursday, at the Fourth Meeting of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Ministers in charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture in Brussels observed that the fisheries subsector has received the least attention over the years.

He said Zambia recognizes the sector as crucial for its national development and has great potential for job creation.
The Zambian Minister said in order to boost growth of the fisheries sector, ACP member states should take bold investment steps, particularly in fish management and fisheries marketing value chain.
“Zambia is one of those countries whose fish protein intake per capita is declining; and it is declining largely because of lack of investment in fish management. And the people who are expected to go in fish management are themselves detached from access to finance,” he said.
Mr Lubinda called for effective partnership and networks between ACP member states and regional fisheries organizations, financial and development partners such as the European Union (EU), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), UNIDO among others. He also called for combined efforts in the fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing. The meeting noted that ACP countries share common interests with respect to fisheries and aquaculture, hence the need for intra-ACP coordinated and shared approaches to the fisheries and aquaculture development as well as marketing access. The meeting further acknowledged the importance of the fisheries sector to enhance food security.



 

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Justice Florence Mumba receives ‘African Woman Leadership Award’

Justice Florence Mumba receives ‘African Woman Leadership Award’ 2015AMSTELVEEN,The Netherlands, Monday 26th October, 2015 – Former Supreme Court Judge of Zambia, Justice Florence Mumba has called on African governments to encourage and support women in all sectors of governance.
The Voice Achievers has honoured Justice Mumba as the ‘African Woman Leadership Award’  2015 recepient for her outstanding  achievements on justice matters. Justice Mumba received the award in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She posited that many women have and continue to contribute to Africa’s success while multi-tasking. Among the successful women whose contributions are worth-acknowledging, Justice Mumba cited Zambia’s Vice President, Her Honour Mrs Inonge Wina, Justice Lombe Chibesakunda, among others as  having achieved their ambitions and served a purposeful life.
She said over the years women have demonstrated that they can work successfully in any office, for they have the confidence and are development oriented.
“These women have demonstrated that it is possible to achieve academic excellence and raise strong families at the same time: so when we ask our [African] governments to accommodate women in every sector of governance, we have irrefutable evidence to show that women are capable because of their determination to succeed given the opportunity,” she said.
Justice Mumba however said although women invariably find themselves vulnerable because of loss of cultural values attached to their dignity in society, they have the potential to  attain their dreams through education.
“Because women are the ones who raise families, and teach children values, they grow up into positive contributors to the welfare of society. Educating women will not only improve their own lives but lives of society too. It is therefore imperative that opportunities be opened for women to achieve their potential,” she said.
Justice Mumba is currently Judge at the UN Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia – further acknowledged women’s immense contributions and resilience in the judicial sector. She said  it is impossible to develop when justice is suppressed: thus called on governments to  use laws as tools for progress, and not for oppression.
She said administration of justice should accommodate procedure that do not compromise  or  violate rights of litigants.
“Procedures inherited from our cultures sometimes destroy the essence of African dignity towards family members who may be facing legal challenges. It is possible to have court systems which build families and reconcile relatives, instead of destroying such relationships.” said Justice Mumba. “In my humble view, this is an area of legal process which requires an overhaul. It is possible to maintain high international standards in the administration of family justice while preserving human dignity. Justice Mumba also called on Africa to build peace within and outside its borders. 


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Lambwe Kachali [Mr]
First Secretary (Press & Public Relations)

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Zambia signs Convention on Child Adoption Protection

http://zebru.org/images/h.e%20ambassador%20kabwe%20addressing%20the%204th%20meeting%20of%20the%20special%20commission%20on%20the%20practical%20operation%20of%20the%201993%20hague%20intercountry%20adoption%20convention%20in%20the%20hague%20netherlands%20-%20june%202015.jpgTHE HAGUE, Thursday 11th June, 2015 – Zambia has acceded to the Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Child Adoption.

Zambia’s Ambassador to Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and the European Union (EU) Mrs. Grace M. Mutale Kabwe signed the Convention on behalf of the country at the Fourth Meeting of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the 1993 Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention in The Hague, Netherlands.
Ambassador Kabwe said Zambia has embarked on a progressive implementation plan that recognises the importance of having long-term strategy for the protection of Children.
She said it is therefore hoped that with support from all member States and other interest groups in the system, Zambia will collectively overcome the challenges facing children being adopted – and ultimately uphold their fundamental rights, interests and overall welfare.
“This is a milestone in the history of our country that today, we are party to an international legal framework that is aimed at regulating intercountry adoptions and provides protection of Children and families and ensure checks and balances throughout the adoption process,” Ambassador Kabwe said.
And Netherlands Head of the Treaties Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr Joseph Damoiseaux, who received the instrument of accession, thanked Zambia for signing the Convention.
The Hague Convention of 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption protects children and their families against the risks of illegal, irregular, premature or ill-prepared adoptions abroad. The Convention, which operates through a system of national Central Authorities, reinforces the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and seeks to ensure that intercountry adoptions are made in the best interests of the child and with respect for his or her fundamental rights. It also seeks to prevent the abduction, the sale of, or traffic in children.
Accession to the Convention is a means of protecting Children being adopted by families outside the country, through the introduction of internationally agreed measures and strategies addressing challenges associated with intercountry adoptions. Being a member State to the Convention ensures, among others, the establishment of safeguards in intercountry adoptions in the best interest of the Child’s fundamental rights.


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Lambwe Kachali [Mr]
First Secretary (Press & Public Relations)

Tel: +32 (0)2 343 56 49; Fax: +32 (0)2 347 43 33; Mobile +32 (0) 486 731 267

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