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Zambia launches World Bank-funded
project to tackle mining pollution 

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- The Zambian government has launched a World Bank-funded project aimed at tackling some environmental damages caused by mining operations in mining areas across the southern African nation, state broadcaster reported on Thursday.

The 65-million U.S. dollar Zambia Mining Environmental Remediation and Improvement Project will also focus on reducing environmental health risks through localized interventions, according to the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation.

Mines Minister Felix Mutati, in remarks delivered during the launch of the project in the central town of Kabwe, which has been affected by years of lead mining, said stakeholders should support the project which was meant to protect the lives of people affected by mining activities.

The project, he said, will address the historical environment and related social issues arising from mining as well as strengthen the capacity of regulatory agencies to ensure environmental protection and mitigations.

The main objective of the project is to reduce the environmental health risks to the local population in critically polluted mining areas, he added.

World Bank Group Country Manager Ina Ruthenberg said the project will be of great importance to Zambia as the country focuses on diversifying its economy.

The project comes after the Copperbelt Environmental Project which was implemented from 2003 to 2011.

Mining operations in Zambia have left a trail of environmental degradation in communities.



Don’t leave landlocked countries behind when implementing development goals

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- Globalization will leaves the poor behind unless the United Nations (UN) implements its development goals in a way that benefits landlocked countries, a Zambian official said Wednesday.

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development is aimed at eradicating poverty. The goals can be achieved only if the fundamental principle of “not leaving everyone behind” is translated into action at the global, regional and national level, said Zambia’s Minister of National Development and Planning Lucky Mulusa.

The Zambian minister, a representative for LandLocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) at a UN forum in New York, said economic growth in LLDCs has not yet eradicated poverty and citizens benefit little from their economic growth.

Developing landlocked countries, he said, continue to face many development challenges related to their inherent problems like unfavorable locations.

“Why does economic growth in Landlocked Developing Countries fail to eradicate poverty? Why has globalization made rich nations richer and poor countries poorer? We know the answers but we fail to act,” he said, according to a statement released by the Permanent Mission of Zambia to the UN.

Zambia is the current chair of the LLDCs.

According to the Zambian minister, inclusive economic growth requires sustainable industrialization, innovation and resilient infrastructure.

The development agenda of LLDCs prioritizes eradicating poverty and achieving socio-economic prosperity, he added.


Zambia withdraws from hosting 2019 Under-23 Africa Cup tournament

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- Zambia has withdrawn from hosting the 2019 Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations tournament, the country’s soccer governing body said on Friday.

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) said it decided to withdraw from hosting the event after thorough consultations with the ministry responsible for sports.

“After these consultations with the government, it has been concluded that the country is not in a position to host the tournament due to the current economic climate,” it said in a statement.

The soccer governing body has since thanked the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for having given it the opportunity to host the event.



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