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President Lungu is creating a smart Zambia - Hon. Mulusa

http://zebru.org/images/hon.%20mulusa%20with%20deputy%20director%20general%20-%20directorate-general%20development%20cooperation%20devco%20mr%20klaus%20rudischhauser%20after%20the%20bilateral%20meeting%20in%20brussels.jpgBRUSSELS, FRIDAY, 9TH JUNE, 2017 – Zambian Minister of National Development and Planning, Honourable Lucky Mulusa (MP) says President Edgar Lungu is working hard to create a smart Zambia by ensuring institutions of governance operate independently.
The Minister informed the European Commission deputy director for Development Cooperation (DEVCO), Mr Klaus Rudischhauser, during a bilateral meeting in Brussels that President Lungu’s vision is focused on competence as overriding pillar of development.
He said effectively, this is manifested in the composition of his cabinet which is a mixture of both ruling and opposition – qualified enough to meet the daily challenges affecting the country as well as hard working and development oriented.
Mr Mulusa said the country is employing all necessary measures, strategically aimed to rejuvenate the economy within the shortest possible time.
He said so far, Zambia has continued to maintain economic certainty and stability and will remain so until it attains full potential.
“Even at a time when our economic down turn was at its lowest level between mid-2015 and mid-2016, we did not default on any of our internal or external obligations towards the domestic and foreign financial and capital markets.” he said.
And Mr Mulusa said the President has ensured total independence of all arms of government to enhance transparency and accountability.
He said the negative aspersions about Zambia were unfounded as they lacked not only merit but were also premised on lack of understanding the way the country discharges its democratic responsibilities.
“No matter how you see it, Zambia has very good and strong institutions of governance, a fact that cannot be denied by anyone. What the law looks at, for instance, is not an individual per se, but the implications and consequences of a person’s actions, he emphasised.
And Mr Rudischhauser said he was looking forward to deepening relations with Zambia in many areas of governance. He added, the EU provides various frameworks from which Zambia could benefit financially.
Mr Mulusa is in Brussels attending the European Development Days conference on behalf of His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu. The Conference was organised by the European Commission. The conference brings together key development actors from around the globe to discuss new ideas and share experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships, bolster innovative ways of finding solutions to most pressing challenges of the time. This year, the development community gathered to shape the debate around the main theme, “Investing in Development”.


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

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Last Updated on Thursday, 15 June 2017 11:57

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Hon. Mulusa calls for re-examination of ACP-EU trade policy

http://zebru.org/images/hon.%20mulusa%20with%20mr%20zamboni%20from%20the%20european%20investment%20bank%20during%20edd%20conference%20in%20brussels.jpgBRUSSELS, THURSDAY, 8TH JUNE, 2017 – Zambian Minister of National Development and Planning, Honourable Lucky Mulusa (MP) has called on the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries to re-examine trade policy with their EU counterpart.
Mr Mulusa who is leading a high-power Zambian delegation to the European Development Days (EDD 2017) Conference in Brussels, Belgium said it was time developing countries migrated from rhetoric to discussing issues that are more practical with potential to create wealth for least developed Countries.
He said although trade remains a key component in discussions surrounding EU-ACP relationship post-Cotonou Agreement, it was critical for Africa to emphasise value addition as one of the drivers of job and wealth creation.
Mr Mulusa called for an end to the existing trend of exporting raw materials among developing nations as doing so was synonymous to exporting jobs to developed countries while importing unemployment and poverty.
He added: “this [phase of discussions] provides us with the opportunity to re-examine our trade policy and have a common denominator”, he stressed.
Mr Mulusa expressed hope at the future of the ACP group in light of the willingness demonstrated by EU Member States in negotiating the framework around which the new partnership agreement will be anchored.
And the Zambian Minister said it was encouraging to see how unified countries are in support of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. He said the fight against Climate Change requires countries’ combined efforts as the phenomenon has the potential to cause untold human catastrophe globally.
The European Development Days conference is organised by the European Commission: each year brings together key development actors from around the globe to discuss new ideas and share experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships, bolster innovative ways of finding solutions to most pressing challenges of the time. This year, the development community has gathered to shape the debate around the main theme, “Investing in Development”.


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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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Last Updated on Thursday, 15 June 2017 11:52

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Aid recipients should define own priority areas – Kopulande

http://zebru.org/images/hon.%20kopulande%20addressing%20acp-eu%20joint%20parliamentary%20assembly%20at%20eu%20parliament%20in%20brussels%20belgium.jpgBRUSSELS, FRIDAY, 24TH MARCH, 2017 – Zambian Member of Parliament Sebastian Kopulande has called for non-interference in aid management system.
Presenting a report on “Improving Aid and Development Effectiveness in EU-ACP Cooperation” to the Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels yesterday, Mr Kopulande said EU aid should not be tied to priorities chosen by donors other than respect for human rights and democracy. He said since the primary aim of donor aid was to assist developing countries attain much needed economic development, recipient countries needed to be free to define their future by coming up with development plans they wish to implement in line with their local needs. He said to maximise aid effectiveness, donor countries needed to take into account critical assessment of local needs of recipient countries, and ensure effective monitoring mechanisms are in place.
Mr Kopulande said what ACP countries were asking for was self-determination to decide the use of aid resources through capacity building – as a way for economic development and prosperity.
The Zambian parliamentarian further expressed concern at the slow pace by donor countries in meeting the 0.7% pledge of their Gross National Income (GNI) official development aid.
“[ACP ] laments the failure by the European Union to meet its commitment to provide 0.7% of Gross National Income”, he said.
Mr Kopulande added that the idea of looking at ACP states as suppliers of raw material to industries of developed world was not only unsustainable, but also against the principle of contemporary international trade and development.
“We looking for trade relations and capacity that add value to our own raw materials, so we can become more competitive in international trade”, he noted.
On the role of civil society in aid management, Mr Kopulande said the structure was not helping aid effectiveness because most organisations were serving the interest of donor countries as opposed to recipient countries.
“We need to examine the role of civil society organisations. When we are talking about people defining their own aid use, it’s important to look at issues surrounding civil society [organisations’ involvement in aid management]”, said Mr Kopulande.


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

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Zambia determined to strengthen trade ties with Belgium – Hon. Kalaba

http://zebru.org/images/hon.%20kalaba%20with%20belgian%20foreign%20affairs%20minister%20in%20brussels.jpgBRUSSELS, WEDNESDAY, 24TH MAY, 2017 – Zambian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Harry Kalaba says Zambia is determined to strengthening trade ties with Belgium.
Mr Kalaba said there are a number of areas of cooperation between the two countries where trade and investment were concerned.
He said whereas Zambia’s exports comprised mainly metals and foodstuffs, Belgium’s chemicals, machinery and transport equipment are among the many areas the two countries could learn from each other and expand trade ties.
He said bilateral trade between the two countries is valued at about 363.5 million euros (US$ 396.4 million) over the period covering 2015-2016.
“The private sector has also indirectly benefited from the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries by means of its provision of a loan of 1.5 million euros to external financier, Development International Desjardins (DID) of Canada for a DID Microfinance initiative in Zambia,” Mr Kalaba said.

Mr Kalaba commended the DID Entrepreneur Financial Centre initiative, which has more than six branches and five sub-branches: serving 12,000 entrepreneurs (half of whom are women) in the cities of Lusaka, Ndola, Kitwe, Kafue, Chipata and Lundazi. He commended Belgium for its continued support to the education sector.
Mr Kalaba further informed the Belgian Prime Minister Mr Didier Reynders that Zambia is organising a meeting of foreign ministers under the AU peace and Security Council slated for June this year, to see how issues affecting the Great Lakes region could be addressed.
And Mr Reynders said Belgium was equally looking forward to strengthening trade, investment and bilateral relations with Zambia. He said Belgium wants to increase its investments in Zambia’s mining and construction sectors.
Mr Reynders said one of the mechanisms Belgium is employing to improving trade relations was increased trade missions, and pledged to send a delegation to Zambia next year to cement relations.
He said his country is also ready to offer training in diplomacy to Zambian diplomats to strengthen bilateral relations and give them an avenue to understand diplomacy at European Union (EU) level.
Mr Reynders, who is also Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs, commended Zambia for taking up the chairmanship of the Africa Union Peace and Security Council, and has since extended an invitation to Zambia to take part in the mediation conference which Belgium has organised.


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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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Last Updated on Thursday, 15 June 2017 11:42

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There is no better manager than a woman – Ambassador Kabwe

http://zebru.org/images/h.e%20ambassador%20kabwe%20during%20womens%20international%20day%20celebrations%20at%20wco%20hq%20brussels.jpgBRUSSELS, THURSDAY, 9th MARCH 2017 – Zambia’s Ambassador to the Benelux and Mission to the European Union (EU) Mrs Grace M. Mutale Kabwe has called on women to take up leading role in economic development.
Ambassador Kabwe in her keynote address at World Customs Organisation (WCO) Head Quarters, Brussels, in commemoration of the International Women’s Day yesterday, commended the organisation’s proactive role in recognising women’s potential.
She said this year’s theme, “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030” identifies impediments on women’s emancipation: at the same time challenges women to be strong by taking ground-breaking action that truly drives the greatest change.
Ambassador Kabwe said it was unfortunate that women continue to be underrepresented in many sectors.
She said in order to change the status quo, deliberate policies should be put in place aimed at maximising women’s economic potential coupled with specific mechanism to support women-led business.
“I wish to encourage the career Customs women here to know that many roles that Customs play in society require the feminine touch that you all possess. When we reflect on the protection of society, for example, the same unique firmness that women display in managing their homes is instrumental,” Ambassador Kabwe said. “There is no better financial manager that a woman, and I cannot over emphasise the importance of women in revenue resource mobilisation.”
Ambassador Kabwe said she is happy about Zambia’s ratification of World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Agreement on Trade Facilitation (ITF) – as it will positively impact on opportunities for women by granting small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) easier access to international trade through simplification of Customs procedures.
“When it comes to trade facilitation, women are empathetic and I know women in Customs have been facilitating trade especially the small scale cross border trade.
The Ambassador expressed strong belief that modernising Customs procedures would allow more women to participate in formal labour market, and therefore contribute to gender equality, not only in the trade sector, but in many other key economic sectors.
And WCO Deputy Secretary General, Mr. Sergio Mujica underscored the importance of gender equality in work places.
He added, he is a firm believer that gender equality is not just a goal but a precondition for combating myriad challenges of the century, such as poverty, conflicts, as well as promoting sustainable development and good governance.
He encouraged the Customs community to use existing tools at policy and organizational levels to further ensure workplace gender equality within Customs administrations.
The WCO has over the years reiterated its commitment to remaining proactive in finding ways to raise awareness on the importance of achieving gender parity within the global Customs community, as well as contributing to its members’ efforts towards ensuring sustainable development.


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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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