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Zambia government calls for balanced trade with South Africa    

LUSAKA (Xinhua) -- The Zambian government on Monday called for balanced trade with South Africa.

Emmanuel Mwamba, Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, said the current trade between the two countries was tilted in favor of South Africa and that needs to change.

In remarks delivered at the start of a trade and investment forum between Zambian and South African investors, the Zambian envoy said efforts must be put in place to deal with the trade imbalance.

According to him, South African companies should partner with Zambian companies as one way to allow more goods penetrate the South African market.

A high-powered delegation of 20 leading South African companies and business representatives are in Zambia for an outward trade and investment mission.

The visit, which has been organized by South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry and the embassies of the two countries, is meant to enable businesses from the two countries to interact and also increase awareness of the investment opportunities existing in Zambia.



Zambia ex-minister vows to fight expulsion from ruling party in court

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- A former Zambian minister who has been expelled from the ruling party said on Monday that he will not sit idle but fight his expulsion in court.

On Saturday, the Central Committee, the highest organ of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) expelled Chishimba Kambwili, who was information and broadcasting minister for alleged indiscipline and causing divisions in the party.

But Kambwili said in a live interview on Muvi Television that he was going to challenge his expulsion in court because procedure was not followed.

The former minister said he was among the founder members of the party and would not like to see it divided, adding that those accusing him of causing divisions were lying.

“I am going to court to save the PF from collapsing because if we leave PF the way they want us to leave it, I am telling you the consequences will be too grave to contemplate. And in any case, when you know that people want to push you out, it is not a good idea to surrender, you have to fight to the bitter end,” he said.

Kambwili, who was fired as minister last November, further revealed that he has tried to seek an audience with President Edgar Lungu to deal with the perceived divisions in the party but that this has failed.

The former minister has been accused of being among top members of the ruling party with presidential ambitions.

But the central committee of the ruling party has settled for Lungu as the preferred candidate for the 2021 general elections although this was subject for approval by a general conference to be held in 2020.


17 people arrested in northern Zambia over wildlife crimes

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- Wildlife authorities in Zambia on Tuesday revealed that they have arrested 17 people in the north of the country over various wildlife offenses.

The Department of National Parks and Wildlife said the suspects were arrested with guns and other weapons as well as in possession of wildlife products.

Among the wildlife products included four lion claws, two cat skins, two python skins, one crocodile skull, 4.5 kilogram of porcupine meat, 5 kilograms of bush meat, seven wildebeest tails, one Zebra skin, one piece of elephant skin and four warthog teeth.

The suspects, who were arrested in different localities, were also found in possession of various tools for manufacturing firearms, bow and arrow, gun powder, four pellets and an AK47 rifle.

The arrests were made during an operation carried out in two chiefdoms in the province.


Zambia works to enhance access to ICTs by people with disabilities

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- Zambia’s information and technology regulator on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding with an agency representing people with disabilities aimed at enhancing access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for people with disabilities.

The deal will result in the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) working with the Zambia Agency for Persons with Disabilities in ensuring equal and unfettered access to ICT services by people with disabilities.

Patrick Mutimushi, acting director-general of the regulator said people with disabilities faced a number of challenges in accessing and using ICTs, a situation he said was against the objective of ensuring equal and unfettered access to ICT services.

According to him, no one should be excluded from using ICT gargets following the global impact of ICTs across all sectors, adding that being excluded from the use of technology implies being shut out not only from the information society but also from accessing essential public services.

Ensuring access to ICTs for people with disabilities was a key element of global, regional and national strategies, he added.

Julien Mwape, chairperson of the Zambia Agency for Persons with Disabilities said the signing of the agreement was an excitement following challenges faced by people with disabilities in accessing and using ICTs.

The collaboration with the regulator was a significant step forward in advancing access to ICTs for people with disabilities, she added.

According to her, people with disabilities need access to ICTs in order to contribute meaningfully to development.

The agreement will allow the two organizations to collaborate on key areas by way of creating a platform where issues and challenges around provision of communication services to people with disabilities will be raised and efforts to resolve them initiated.

It will also encourage the design of accessible ICT products and services among other issues.


‘Zambia Week’ to be held in China to strengthen ties

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- Zambian Vice-President Inonge Wina is expected to grace the “Zambia Week” which opens in China this week meant to showcase the country’s investment potential, a government official said on Tuesday.

The Zambian vice-president is scheduled to grace the event, the first of its kind, meant to strengthen ties between the two countries, according to Winnie Chibesakunda, Zambia’s Ambassador to China.

“The Zambia Week is a platform that will be used to expose business opportunities that China can take advantage of in partnership with Zambian entrepreneurs and upcoming Small and Medium Enterprises,” she said in a statement released by the Zambian vice-president’s office.

The event, which starts off on Wednesday July 26, 2017, will run until next week, and will bring several technocrats from various government ministries, a business delegation and Zambian artists, she added.

The event, she said, was expected to strengthen ties between the two countries and will further display the country’s arts, culture as well as tourism destinations.

Other issues expected to be done during the week include the signing of a memorandum of understanding to mark the beginning of a twinning program between Zambia’s Lusaka Province and China’s Sichuan Province.

The twining program was meant to enhance the already existing government-to-government ties, site visits to major business firms, cultural programs, fashion shows, craft and art exhibitions, among other undertakings.

The Zambian envoy added that the friendship between the two countries can be enhanced with more political and social engagements to ensure a holistic approach.

The Zambia Week was born out of an exchange program dubbed “2016 Zambia-China, People-to-People, Business and Culture Road Show’ held in October last year in five cities in China which was meant to market Zambia’s investment destination for Chinese businesses.


Zambia to bid for hosting of 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournament

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- Zambia’s soccer governing body said on Tuesday that it will bid for the hosting of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations despite withdrawing from hosting the 2019 Under-23 tournament.

Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) secretary-general Ponga Liwewe said despite withdrawing from hosting the junior tournament in 2019, the country was on firm ground to host future Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

The association, he said, will liaise with the government on the possibility of bidding for the 2021 Senior Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

The soccer governing body has come under attack on its decision to withdraw from hosting the 2019 Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations tournament, with critics, saying this has put the country’s chances of hosting future events in jeopardy.

The soccer governing body attributed the move to the current economic climate.

CAF awarded the hosting of the 2021 tournament to Cote d’Ivoire.

However the soccer governing body said it will review the manner in which the 2019, 2021 and 2023 hosting rights were awarded to only west African countries by the previous executive.

Meanwhile, the soccer governing body has welcomed the decision by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to increase the number of countries participating in the Africa Cup tournament from 16 to 24.



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