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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]
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Last Updated on Monday, 27 March 2017 19:33

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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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Last Updated on Thursday, 09 March 2017 14:12

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EU gives Zambia 65 million Euros to boost power transmission

http://zebru.org/images/zambian%20finance%20minister%20felix%20mutati%20with%20eu%20commissioner%20for%20international%20development%20neven%20minica%20in%20brussels.jpgBRUSSELS, THURSDAY, 19TH JANUARY, 2017 – Zambia and the European Commission have signed a EURO 65 million financing agreement for the Lusaka Transmission Distribution Rehabilitation Project.
The agreement was signed this afternoon in Brussels, Belgium, between Finance Minister Felix Mutati and European Commissioner for International Development, Neven Minica.
During a consultative meeting after the signing ceremony, Mr. Minica said the European Commission was delighted to maintain its partnership with Zambia. The EU commissioner said it is time the world stopped looking at Africa as an aid recipient but a formidable partner in development and a platform for stronger global trade.
“We are happy with the progress Zambia has made in project identification and preparation but would like to see a greater pace in absorption of 11th European Development Fund (EDF) of about [EURO 484 million] resources. By end of 2017, he added, “Zambia has to access at least 80% of the remaining funds instead of waiting until 2020”.
Going forward, Mr Minica stressed that European Commission would like to institute de-risking, concessional facilities, and credit guarantee schemes for private sector investment in Africa.
He said the EU is delighted at Zambia’s initiatives aimed at attracting private investment, particularly in the energy sector.
“In this regard, we will be participating in the Batoka Gorge Investor Conference to be held in Zambia,” he added. “We have EURO 4 billion under a facility called European Investment Fund, for providing the private sector with guaranteed concessional funds for investment in Africa”.
Mr. Minica also affirmed that the European Commission was committed to investing in renewable energy in Africa and was, therefore, targeting the production of five Gigawatts [5GW] across the continent to assist in improving access to electricity and clean energy.
And Mr. Mutati has thanked the European Commission for the EURO 65 million assistance provided under the National Indicative Programme [2014-2020]. The funds will facilitate the connection of more than 63,000 new customers to clean, reliable and affordable energy.
The Minister said his visit affirms Zambia’s commitment to a new and greater level of cooperation with the European Union.
“This agreement will not only facilitate reduction of system loses and improved load management, but also provide the requisite energy for the private sector to up their production and service levels,” he said.
Mr. Mutati also assured the European Commission that Zambia was taking measures to improve absorption capacity and project implementation efficiency and effectiveness.


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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, 02 March 2017 17:32

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President Lungu has right tools for economic recovery - Mutati

http://zebru.org/images/zambian%20delegation%20led%20by%20finance%20minister%20felix%20mutati%20meeting%20eib%20officials%20at%20eib%20headquarters%20in%20luxembourg.jpgBRUSSELS, FRIDAY, 20TH JANUARY, 2017 – Zambia’s minister of Finance Felix Mutati says, in President Edgar Lungu, Zambia has a practical leader with credentials necessary for the country to realise socio-economic stability; attain economic recovery; and reach greater heights in job-creation, prosperity, and sustainable development.
The Minister said this in Luxembourg today during a meeting with the European Investment Bank [EIB]. Mr Mutati said the EIB was doing a great job on financing in sub-Saharan Africa.
He said to achieve the necessary and much needed economic recovery, Zambia has taken tough but strategic policy measures aimed at driving the country forward.
“I am glad that our European partners have recognized the tough decisions we have taken to secure the country through economic recovery through removal of subsidies and implementation of measures which facilitate strong public institutions, policy consistence, and fiscal discipline,” Mr. Mutati said. “We have a President who is a practical leader with a blend of credentials required to maintain socio-economic stability and implement measures which will ensure that we achieve economic recovery”.
And Mr Patrick Walsh, EIB Deputy Director General and Director for the Global Partners Division, revealed that out of EURO 407 million, Zambia has received the largest assistance in the Africa Caribbean Pacific [ACP] Region from 2011 to date.
“Of the total amount given from 2011 to date, EURO 80 million went towards rehabilitation of the Great East Road, EURO 22 million for the Kafue-Livingstone Transmission Line, EURO 50 million for the Itezhi-Tezhi Hydro Power Transmission Line, EURO 75 million for the Zambia Water and Sanitation Project, EURO 78 million for the Lusaka Power Transmission and Distribution Network, and EURO 120 million for the Lusaka Sanitation Project”, Mr Walsh said. “Next month, we will send a team of experts to Zambia to engage with the private sector on capacity sharing on project preparation, resource mobilisation, and competitiveness”.
Mr. Mutati was accompanied to the EIB Headquarters by Ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary for Economic Management and Finance, Mr Mukuli Chikuba, Zambia’s Ambassador to the Benelux and the EU Mrs Grace M. Mutale Kabwe, and officials from the ministry and Embassy respectively.


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Last Updated on Thursday, 02 March 2017 17:41

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Zambia hails ACP-EU relations

Zambian delegation led by Finance Minister Felix Mutati paying courtesy call on ACP Secretary General in BrusselsBRUSSELS, WEDNESDAY, 18th JANUARY, 2017 – Zambia’s Minister of Finance Felix Mutati today held a successful meeting with Dr Patrick Gomes, Secretary General of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) group of states in Brussels, Belgium.
The two officials discussed a range of issues on trade and economic with regard to strengthening bilateral relations between Zambia and the ACP. They further conferred on the importance of regional integration initiatives; state of play of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), and the future of the ACP post 2020.
Welcoming his guest, Dr Gomes noted the strong bond that exist between Zambia and the ACP organisation. He also briefed the minister on the activities undertaken by the organisation in cooperation with the European Union (EU), which have and continue to bear positive results. The Secretary General hailed Zambia for political and economic stability and initiatives undertaken to develop the country. He expressed gratitude to the country and its people for supporting efforts of the ACP in ensuring existing trade barriers between the EU and ACP countries were eliminated.
And Mr Mutati noted that for development to be realised in ACP countries, there is need to strengthen engagement with the EU on the basis of mutual interest, particularly on matters of deregulation, harmonisation of rules, regulations and reduction of non-tariff barriers. The Minister expressed concern that restrictions on free movements on goods, persons, labour, capital and services were against the principle of international cooperation and development. He called for a stronger ACP-EU cooperation on critical areas such as sustainable infrastructure investment, trade and industrial policies. Mr Mutati further called for enhanced support for Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sector, as a major job creator in developing countries, including Zambia.
The Minister assured Dr Gomes of Zambia’s support as the organisation works out it future post 2020 when the Cotonou Agreement, a framework for the EU-ACP relations expires.


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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, 02 March 2017 17:14

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