Monday 25 September 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 09/23/17)
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government forces have been killing civilians in an insurgency-hit region, prompting the latest influx of refugees into northern Zambia, a senior U.N. official said, citing accounts of asylum seekers. Zambia fears a looming humanitarian crisis after more than 6,000 refugees fleeing turmoil in the DRC entered its territory in one month. [L5N1M32S5] Pierrine Aylara, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) chief representative in Zambia, told Reuters that the latest asylum seekers had said they were fleeing Congolese government forces.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
Zambia fears a looming humanitarian crisis after more than 6,000 refugees fleeing turmoil in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) entered its territory in one month, the presidency said on Friday. Thousands of people have been killed and more than one million forced to flee their homes in the DRC’s eastern Kasai region since the start of an insurrection nearly a year ago by the Kamuina Nsapu militia, which is demanding the withdrawal of military forces from the area. Zambia currently hosts some 59,195 refugees and other aslylum seekers, mostly from Angola, the DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia
(Zambia Reports 09/22/17)
Some part of Lusaka have started receiving normal supply of water after nearly a week of dry taps. Townships in the capital are also getting a steady supply of electricity. Many parts of the City are still, however, facing water problem following maintenance works at the Kafue Lolande According to Water and Sewage Company the complete restoration of water expected back to normal over the weekend. By Charles Sakala
(AFP (eng) 09/22/17)
CS Sfaxien and Club Africain of Tunisia and Zesco United of Zambia boast perfect CAF Confederation Cup home records this season ahead of weekend quarter-finals. Record three-time title-holders Sfaxien host FUS Rabat of Morocco trailing 1-0 after the first leg last weekend in the second-tier African club competition. Club Africain are in an identical position to Sfaxien having conceding an early goal to fall 1-0 away to Mouloudia Alger of Algeria in another all-north Africa affair. Zesco are better placed...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. But the dangers do not end there. Rising heat poses another threat - one that is far less known and studied but could spark disease epidemics across the continent, scientists say. Mosquitoes are the menace, and the risk goes beyond malaria. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue...
(Xinhuanet 09/21/17)
Zambia, Africa's second biggest producer of copper, saw export earnings from the red metal increasing by 49.7 percent in the first half of 2017, figures released by its finance ministry said on Thursday. Earnings from copper earnings rose to 3,165.9 million U.S. dollars during the first half of 2017 from 2,114.3 million dollars over the same period last year, according to figures published in the 2018-2020 medium term expenditure framework released by the ministry. This has been attributed to an...
(Xinhuanet 09/21/17)
Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Thursday called for international support to contain the high number of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) nationals seeking for asylum. Zambia has seen an influx of DRC nationals in recent weeks fleeing from unrest in some parts of that country. Lungu said he was concerned over the high number of the asylum seekers entering the country and needed assistance to take care of them. The Zambian leader expressed concern during a high-level side meeting on...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help address two looming problems in the HIV epidemic - the rising threat of resistance developing to standard AIDS drugs, and the need for more investment in manufacturing capacity. Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/19/17)
Zambia will resume talks with the International Monetary Fund on an aid program in October and hopes to get IMF board approval by the end of the year, one of its finance officials said on Tuesday. The country , which is Africa’s second-biggest copper producer, has suffered from the steep commodity price drop of recent years. Last March, it began talks with the IMF about a potential loan package after agreeing that its budget deficit was not sustainable. “The engagement...
(Bloomberg 09/19/17)
Zambia borrowed $134 million from Standard Chartered Plc to help fund the road sector, according to a finance ministry official. The borrowing plan was included in the 2017 budget, Mukuli Chikuba, permanent secretary at the finance ministry, said in a text message on Tuesday. The loan is the second that Standard Chartered has arranged for the government since a $450 million syndicated deal in the first half of 2016. Five new loans worth $296 million were contracted in the first...
(Bloomberg 09/19/17)
Zambia is seeking bidders for a fourth mobile-network license to take on operators including market leader MTN Group Ltd. in the southern African country, Transport and Communications Minister Brian Mushimba said. The ministry last week gave the go-ahead to the telecommunications regulator to start the process, he said in a recorded response to questions on Monday. The new carrier could be in place over the next six to 12 months and the country may even have capacity for a fifth...
(Xinhuanet 09/19/17)
Zambia is among 15 member countries of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) that have adopted the regional industrialization strategy aimed at speeding up the industrialization agenda, the regional bloc said on Tuesday. Adopted by the COMESAA Council of Ministers in 2015, the COMESA Industrial Policy defines key interventions at both regional and national levels to speed up industrial development in the region. Thierry Mutombo, director of industry at the regional bloc said in a statement that...
(Zambia Reports 09/18/17)
President Edgar Lungu is in New York for the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly joining other global leaders. The general debate of the 72nd General Assembly will open on Tuesday, 19 September 2017, with a focus on the theme, 'Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet'. President Lungu will hold side meetings with other world leaders. The Head of State will get his chance to address the assembly...
(The Guardian 09/18/17)
Anna Jones says that, through selling its cocoa cheaply, Africa is exporting its wealth overseas; while Sue Banford claims that the soya moratorium in the Amazon has done nothing to halt deforestation. Only the final paragraph in your article on cocoa farming causing deforestation in Ivory Coast (Forests pay price for world’s taste for cocoa, 14 September) mentioned the most fundamental thing – the farmer’s livelihood, or lack of it. The low value of his (or more likely her) crop...
(Xinhuanet 09/16/17)
Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Friday opened the second session of the 12th National Assembly with a pledge that his government has resolved to reduce poverty to 20 percent from the current high levels. The Zambian leader said it was unfortunate that poverty levels have remained unacceptably high at 54.4 percent despite rapid economic development over the years. He said poverty in the country was mainly a rural phenomenon, almost three times high compared to the level in urban areas...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/15/17)
LUSAKA (Reuters) - The Zambian kwacha is expected to remain under pressure next week on the back of low hard currency supply while the Ugandan shilling is likely to strengthen as demand for cash from imports subsides. ZAMBIA The kwacha is expected to remain under pressure against the dollar next week due to scant supply of hard currency in the market. At 1100 GMT on Thursday, commercial banks quoted the currency of Africa’s No.2 copper producer at 9.3700 per dollar...
(Bloomberg 09/15/17)
Societe Generale SA, challenged on its home turf by Orange SA’s push into banking, is fighting back with a new mobile lender in Africa. The French lender started YUP, a new app for smartphones, in Senegal and Ivory Coast and plans to begin operating in four other sub-Saharan countries this year and next, the company said on Thursday. The bank aims to double its client base to 2 million in the region within three years. “Telcos have opened the way...
(Lusaka Times 09/13/17)
President Edgar Lungu wants to create more jobs and slash poverty levels through a deliberate creation of an efficient communication network that reduces the cost of doing regional business especially in the railway sector said Mr Amos Chanda, the Presidential Spokesman. Mr Chanda was speaking when he met in his office, a delegation of influential business from Sweden targeting the railway sector for fresh investment that could open Zambia to ‘new’ western money markets and broaden its business reach in...
(Lusaka Times 09/13/17)
Zambia’s copper production is expected to inch lower to 753 992 tones this year from 774 290 tones in 2016 mainly due to lower output from Konkola Copper Mines. Ministry of Mines Permanent Secretary Paul Chanda told reporters that production at Konkola Copper Mines is expected to decline by 40% this year. Mr Chanda added that production at Konkola Copper Mine will fall by 40% while output at Lumwana Mine, owned by Barrick Gold, should decline by 15%. “Konkola Copper...
(Xinhuanet 09/13/17)
In an effort to promote economic development and solve complex conservation challenges facing world heritage sites, the African World Heritage Fund Patron and former President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba will host a business leader's breakfast event in Namibian Capital, Windhoek on Thursday. The African World Heritage Fund is an initiative of the African Member States of the African Union and UNESCO, launched in 2006. Webber Ndoro, executive director of the African World Heritage Fund, at a media briefing on Tuesday...

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