| Africatime
Friday 24 March 2017
(Xinhuanet 03/09/17)
Zambia qualified Wednesday for the finals of the ongoing Africa U20 Cup of Nations finals after overcoming South Africa 1-0 in the semi-finals. Zambia qualified for the finals after scoring the all-important goal in the 108 minutes after neither team scored in regulation time at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka, the country's capital. The junior Chipolopolo, who have already qualified for the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup, will now await the winners between Senegal and Guinea in the other semifinal match.
(Xinhuanet 03/09/17)
A critical mass of trained and well equipped community health workforce is key to easing the rising burden of infectious and noncommunicable diseases in Africa, experts said on Wednesday at a continental forum taking place in Nairobi. The experts, policymakers and campaigners who attended Africa Health Agenda International Conference agreed that optimal engagement of community health workers is key to revolutionize response to diseases ravaging the continent. Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Health Cleopa Mailu in his opening remarks said that investments in training for community health workers will have multiplier impact on Africa's socioeconomic development. "We require highly skilled and motivated cadre of community health workforce to deal with a high diseases burden in disadvantaged settings in this continent. These...
(Lusaka Times 03/08/17)
Parliament heard yesterday that Zambia is promoting lasting peace between warring nations such as Israel and Palestine. Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba said Zambia has taken a neutral position and wants to promote peace between countries that have differences. He was responding to a question by Sesheke member of Parliament Frank Kufakwandi (UPND) who wanted to know how Zambia would relate with Palestine now that it has deepened its relations with Israel. This was after Mr Kalaba gave a ministerial statement on President Lungu’s international trips and their benefits to Zambia and the world as a whole. “We want to bridge the political divide between Israel and Palestine. We will find common ground because we want these two nations...
(Bloomberg 03/08/17)
Zambia, the only southern African country to produce a corn surplus last year, may run out of storage space if a ban on exporting the grain isn’t lifted, according to local traders. The country will probably reap 3 million metric tons of its staple corn crop in the current season, according to the Grain Traders Association of Zambia. When that’s added to carry-over stocks remaining from last season, it’s unlikely the nation’s storage facilities will be sufficient, association President Chambuleni Simwinga said by phone on Friday. “We’re still sitting on an excess of about 230,000 tons which has not moved or been traded,” Simwinga said. Last year, Zambia produced 2.87 million tons of corn, which is ground and cooked with...
(AFP (eng) 03/08/17)
Lawyers and human rights campaigners launched an initiative for African whistleblowers in Senegal on Tuesday, aimed at providing a secure means of exposing wrongdoing on the continent. African nations such as Somalia, South Sudan, Libya and Guinea-Bissau regularly appear at the very bottom of rankings such as Transparency International's Corruption Index, while none make it into the top 30. The Platform for the Protection of Whistleblowers in Africa (PPLAAF) will provide guidance from legal experts, secure submission of information and a hotline for potential informants, according to its founders. The initiative is the brainchild of Spanish superstar lawyer Baltasar Garzon -- who has defended Julian Assange of whistleblowing website WikiLeaks -- along with French lawyer William Bourdon, who worked on...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/07/17)
At least eight people were killed and 28 others injured in a stampede in Zambia's capital Lusaka on Monday as thousands of poor people struggled to claim food handouts, police said. Police have opened an inquiry into the deadly crush that followed 35,000 people trying to enter a sports complex where the Church of Christ was giving out food parcels. "We have since dispersed the gathering and an inquiry into the matter has been instituted," a police statement said. Sixty percent of people in Zambia live below the poverty line and 42 percent are considered to be extremely poor, the World Bank says. (Reporting by Chris Mfula; Editing by Joe Brock)
(AFP (eng) 03/06/17)
At least eight people were killed in a stampede on Monday as thousands of desperate Zambians scrambled for food handouts, police said. The incident occurred in the capital Lusaka at a public sports centre where a church was handing out food to about 35,000 people, mostly from the city's impoverished slums. "Eight people died while 28 others were injured in a stampede which happened at the Olympic Youth Development Centre around 6:00 am (0400 GMT) today as a crowd jostled to enter the premises," police said in a statement. "The victims are among the 35,000 which the group had invited for prayers." Police ordered the church that had been distributing the corn meal, cooking oil and salt, to halt the...
(Xinhuanet 03/06/17)
The Zambian government has invited bids for firms intending to implement its second Scaling Solar Project aimed at boosting energy availability, its investment firm said on Monday. The Industrial Development Corporation has invited the private sector for its second solar project after the success of the first project. The investment firm said in a notice that the second project will be for the development of between 150-250 megawatts of solar power plant. "The Industrial Development Corporation expects that, in addition to individual companies, consortia will be formed to respond to the anticipated tender. These companies and consortia would likely comprise a mix of international, regional and local companies with expertise in developing utility scale solar PV," the notice said. In...
(The Independent 03/06/17)
Th term was coined by sceptical officials, worried about the importance given to Commonwealth trade deals ahead of Brexit negotiations. Plans by government ministers to boost trade links with African Commonwealth countries are being internally branded “empire 2.0” by sceptical officials who are worried about the importance being placed on such deals ahead of the UK’s negotiations of leaving the European Union (EU). International Trade Secretary Liam Fox is expected to promise to build better links with the whole of the 52 member countries of the Commonwealth when ministers from each country meet in London later this week. But as the UK is prepares itself to leave the European Union, The Times reports that British ministers are planning to talk...
(Lusaka Times 03/03/17)
Zambia has signed a €10 million financing agreement with the European Union (EU) to support the National Authorising Officer (NAO), who oversees the implementation of the European Development Fund (EDF). Through institutional strengthening of the NAO, who is the Secretary to the treasury, and corresponding line ministries, the financing will contribute to efficient and timely implementation of EU-funded projects and programmes. EU Ambassador to Zambia Alessandro Mariani said the grant under the 11th EDF and runs from 2014 to 2020 is part of a total financing of a total of €484 million. This is aimed at supporting Zambia’s national development plans with emphasis on energy, agriculture and governance.
(Lusaka Times 03/03/17)
Zambia has called for increased international cooperation to achieve sustainable transportation at national and regional level. Speaking at the World Bank’s briefing on the Sustainable Mobility for all Initiative in New York, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations Chargé d’Affaires Ad Interim Ms. Christine Kalamwina said there was need to build momentum and synergies on the importance of sustainable transportation to complement national and regional efforts through improved cooperation. Ms. Kalamwina assured the World Bank of Zambia’s support and cooperation in promoting sustainable mobility and implementing the goals and targets towards achieving sustainable transport at all levels. “Zambia as Chair of the Group of Landlocked Developing Countries do recognize the importance of Sustainable Transport,” Ms...
(Lusaka Times 03/03/17)
President Edgar Lungu says his five-day official visit to Israel at the invitation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has opened doors to enhance cooperation with Israel. In an interview in Jerusalem before departure for Zambia, the Head of State said he will follow up with keen interest agreements made with Israel in various sectors of the economy. The President said the level of progress recorded by Israel can be achieved by Zambia because it has good rains, water and land. President Lungu said Government will continue to create a favourable environment for the private sector to thrive. President Lungu said he is happy to note that his entourage included the private sector that needed to create linkages with their Israeli...
(Bloomberg 03/03/17)
Polar Star Management Ltd., which runs one of the best-performing African and Middle East hedge fund over the past five years, plans to start a private-equity unit that will invest in agriculture to exploit rising demand for food. The Cape Town-based firm plans to use its own money to buy small farms and processing companies in South Africa this year, then increase efficiency through consolidation and better management, said Murray Derksen, a director at Polar Star. It aims to raise 1.5 billion rand ($115 million) for the fund, which may also buy commodities such as grains, while targeting an internal rate of return of 8 percent to 12 percent, he said. “We looked at the increase in corn demand globally,...
(AFP (eng) 03/02/17)
A film raging against colonialism and the exploitation of Africa wowed viewers at the continent's top cinema festival Wednesday, winning shouts of approval at a screening packed to bursting point. "The African Storm" tells the story of an African president who nationalises businesses run by racist, cynical Western executives. Directed and produced by its Beninese star Sylvestre Amoussou, it tackles several hot-button issues including an exit from the CFA franc currency, closer ties with Russia and China as opposed to the West, criticism of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, and pride in being African. One of 20 feature-length movies on show at the Panafrican Film and Television Festival (Fespaco) in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou, the movie was punctuated...
(Xinhuanet 03/01/17)
Zambian President Edgar Lungu is paying a five-day official visit to Israel aimed at cementing bilateral economic and diplomatic ties. President Lungu held talks with his Israel counterpart Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday at the Presidential Residence in Jerusalem, according to state broadcaster, the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation. The Zambian leader said his administration was looking forward to working with Israel in many spheres. He went on to state that Zambia was looking forward to the amicable solution over the security challenges in Israel and that his government would dialogue with the warring parties to find a win-win
(Lusaka Times 03/01/17)
Zambian Breweries has reduced the price of its Mosi and Castle lager amid growing confidence in economic stability. The recommended retail price of a 375ml bottle of both lagers is now K7, reduced from K7.50. Zambian Breweries Country Director Annabelle Degroot said the cut in price of the nation’s favourite beers was a response to the improved inflation rate and several months of a stable exchange rate. She thanked and commended the Government for implementing measures to allow this level of stability. “In response to government’s efforts to maintain a stable business environment, we are committed to retaining the affordability of our products,” she said. Zambian Breweries expects the price reduction to encourage drinkers to move away from cheap illegally...
(Xinhuanet 02/28/17)
Zambia has not withdrawn its recognition of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), its Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday. Last week, King Mohammed VI of Morocco was in Zambia for an official visit and held talks with President Edgar Lungu. Some local media has reported that one of the issues tackled was for Zambia to cut its diplomatic ties with the SADR, which Morocco considers as part of its territory. But the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that Zambia supports the efforts of the United Nations (UN) to achieve a final solution to the regional dispute on Western Sahara. Zambia is willing to effectively contribute constructively to the efforts by the UN through a position...
(Lusaka Times 02/28/17)
President Edgar Lungu has held talks with Israeli President REUVEN RIVLIN at the Presidential Residence in Jerusalem. The Head of State who is on a five-day official visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met President RIVLIN at 09:45 hours this morning. President Lungu says Zambia looks forward to the amicable solution over the security challenges facing Israel. He says Zambia draws inspiration from Israel hence the need to put the house of Israel in order as it plays a key role in the global economy. The Head of State says Zambia is looking forward to working with Israel in many spheres as for the benefit of Zambians. He says the Zambian Government will dialogue with Israel and...
(AFP (eng) 02/28/17)
The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership -- the world's biggest individual prize -- drew a blank once again in finding a suitable laureate, it was announced Tuesday. The prize only goes to a democratically-elected African leader who demonstrated exceptional leadership, served their mandated term and left office within the last three years. The award comes with $5 million (4.7 million euros) paid over 10 years and $200,000 annually for life from then on. The prize, founded by Sudan-born telecoms tycoon Mo Ibrahim, has only been given four times in its 10-year existence. The philanthropist has said in the past that making no award sent just as strong a message on African leadership. "A very high bar was deliberately...
(Zambia Reports 02/27/17)
Finance Minister Felix Mutati says the consultative process for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) supported program will soon be completed and presented to Cabinet in readiness for a team from the fund which will be coming to Zambia next month. The Minister was speaking to investors and British government officials at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, in London last evening. Mr. Mutati says the government is consulting various stakeholders in readiness for consideration by cabinet before IMF comes next month for program talks. During the seminar, Mutati shared information on the available investment prospects and on the engagements which the government has been having with various cooperating partners in Zambia and abroad. He says this year, government...

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