LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) --
Zambia is on the verge of discovering oil and gas after results of exploration
works conducted in two provinces situated to the north of the country indicated
the presence of hydro carbons, a senior government official said on Tuesday.
Mines Christopher Yaluma said a consultant engaged to conduct oil and gas
exploration in Luapula and Northern Provinces has indicated the presence of
hydro carbons in the two areas.
minister said this is an indication of oil and gas in the two provinces,
according to state broadcaster, the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation.
him, environmental impact assessment plans have already been done in the two
provinces and that the government will soon start getting results that will be
announced in the next three weeks.
He added that
there is potential for oil and gas in Block 31 and 54 which runs from east
Africa through Kenya and Tanzania and Zambia through Lake Tanganyika and then
heads to Lake Mweru situated in Luapula Province near the Democratic Republic of
minister said the government is elated with the development.
been conducting oil and gas explorations for years in various parts of the
Israel firm seeks investment in
Zambia’s agriculture sector
LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- An
Israel-based firm has expressed interest in investing in Zambia’s agriculture
sector, a company official said on Tuesday.
ZRB Group of
Companies said it is interested in partnering with local firms for the
development of commercial integrated farming.
the leader of the company’s delegation which is Zambia to explore investment
opportunities following a visit by President Edgar Lungu to Israel recently,
said the firm is interested in investing in a number of agro-related fields.
delivered when the delegation paid a courtesy call on Agriculture Minister Dora
Siliya, the official said the company, which is also based in Angola where it
produces about 250 million eggs per year, wanted to have a similar production in
Zambia as well as engage in the production of 100,000 tons of vegetables per
year under an outer-grower scheme with local smallholder farmers.
goal, he added, is to train smallholder farmers to produce high quality
agricultural products in order to boost Zambia’s food production.
On her part,
the Zambian minister said more companies from Israel have expressed willingness
to invest in the agricultural sector in the country following the high-level
visit to that country.
She said the
government is in a hurry to see more investments in the agricultural sector,
adding that the investments in the sector will see more Zambian products on the
local and international markets and boost businesses of smallholder farmers.
Zambian leader to honor victorious U20
national soccer team
LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) --
Zambia President Edgar Lungu will host a luncheon Wednesday for the country’s
Under-20 national soccer for lifting the 2017 Africa cup title, his office said
Chipolopolo (Copper Bullets) lifted the Africa Cup of Nations Under-20 title
after beating Senegal 2-0 during the final match played at the National heroes
Stadium in Lusaka, the country’s capital on Saturday.
The team is
also among three other African teams that will represent Africa at the 2017 FIFA
World Cup Under-20 tournament to be hosted by South Korea in May.
“In honor of
the victorious Under 20 National Team, His Excellency Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu,
President of the Republic of Zambia will this Wednesday hold a State Luncheon
for the team and the Football Association of Zambia,” presidential spokesperson
Amos Chanda said in a statement.
Refugees contributing positively
to Zambia’s economy: study
LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) --
Refugees and former refugees are contributing positively to Zambia’s economy and
have the potential to contribute further to the country’s development if legal
and other obstacles are removed, findings of a new study seen on Tuesday have
conducted by researchers from the Institute of Economic and Social Research of
the University of Zambia, in technical partnership with the Refugee Studies
Center, University of Oxford from October last year to January this year,
targeted refugees living at two refugee camps in western and northwestern Zambia
and former refugees from Rwanda and Angola living in some cities.
a statement from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in
Zambia, it was the first time in Zambia’s 50 years of hosting refugees to
formally obtain and document “feedback” from refugees and former refugees on
their livelihoods, economic interaction and technological activities.
It added that
the findings will provide useful information to the stakeholders in
understanding the refugee economies in Zambia.
comes at a time when the government is working on a new Refugee Bill and it will
enhance the bill especially on matters that relate to the economic impact of
refugees’ livelihood activities, the UNHCR statement said.
will help UNHCR with information as we make livelihoods interventions.
Furthermore, it is our hope that the government of Zambia would consider the
findings of this study to inform the future policies on refugees, especially
with regard to the various reservations to the 1951 UN Convention,” UNHCR
Representative in Zambia Laura Lo Castro said.
lead researcher Dr. Mushiba Nyamazana from the University of Zambia, the study
specifically looked at the refugees and former refugees’ capacity to invest and
employ labor, consumption patterns for goods and services, contribution to human
capital formation and value chains participation at small and medium level
looked at the use and impact of internet and Information Communication
Technology (ICT) and challenges faced by refugees and former refugees in
the lead researcher, the refugees and former refuges in Zambia are doing
everything possible, within the available legal and social space, to nurture a
livelihood, a move that is making them contribute positively to Zambia’s
The study has
also made some recommendations to unlock the potential of refugees and former
refuges such as relaxation on freedom of movements and reduce exorbitant fees to
obtain a work permit, among others.
host to 57,200 people of concern (refugees and former refugees), domiciled in
the two refugee camps, urban areas and those who are self-settled in other parts
of the country, according to the UNHCR.