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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

Zambia and Malawi agree on double taxation avoidance deal

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- Zambia and Malawi on Thursday finalized negotiations on a double taxation avoidance agreement meant to enhance trade between the two countries.

The two countries finalized the talks during the 15th Joint Permanent Commission meeting held in Lusaka, the Zambian capital.

Zambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba said after the meeting that the agreement will ensure that traders conducting business between the two countries are not taxed twice on the same income, a move that will result in increased trade and a reduction in the cost of doing business.

The Zambian minister said there was need for the two countries to work together in efforts aimed at growing trade ties.

Zambia and Malawi were poised for enhanced trade especially that the two countries had already established cooperation in various projects which had been implemented in the past, he added.

Francis Kasaila, Malawi’s Foreign Affairs Minister welcomed the finalization of the agreement, saying it will enhance trade ties between the two countries.

The meeting was held to advance common interests and aspirations for the benefit of the two neighboring countries.

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EARLIER REPORTS:

Zambia mulls overhauling law on public gatherings

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- The Zambian government said on Thursday that it will consider overhauling a controversial law that governs public gatherings and processions in the country, state media reported.

Stakeholders have expressed concern over the selective application of the Public Order Act which they feel was being abused by the police to stop opposition political parties from exercising their rights to assembly.

The country’s main opposition party, the United Party for National Development, has in recent weeks being denied permission to hold rallies by the police using the law.

Stakeholders have been calling for the leveling of the playing field in the application of the law.

Chief Government Spokesperson Kampamba Mulenga said the government was currently holding consultations with stakeholders on the way forward regarding the controversial law following increased complaints.

The consultations were meant to come up with better ways of applying the law, she added.

She however could not reveal when the review process will commence, according to state broadcaster, the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation.

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Zambia and Czech seeks to enhance bilateral ties

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- The governments of Zambia and the Czech Republic on Wednesday committed themselves to enhancing bilateral ties.

Harry Kalaba, Zambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Czech Ambassador-designate to Zambia Radek Rubes pledged to enhance the ties during a meeting held in Lusaka, the Zambian capital.

The Zambian minister said his country was keen to learn from Czech’s advancement in various sectors such as energy, agriculture and manufacturing.

He added that Czech’s decision to open up an embassy in Zambia was a clear indication of the confidence the country has in Zambia and assured that the southern African nation remains a beacon of peace on the African continent.

According to him, the signing of a memorandum of understanding in agriculture between the two countries was significant as it comes at a time when the African nation has prioritized the development of the agriculture sector.

On his part, the Czech envoy assured of his government’s commitment to enhance bilateral ties with Zambia.

He revealed that Czech’s minister responsible for agriculture will be visiting Zambia at the end of this month with a delegation from 10 companies to seek cooperation in the agriculture sector.

             

 

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