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MTN Zambia anticipates subscriber growth 

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MTN Zambia chief executive officer Charles Molapisi says the company is well positioned for  further growth in the telecoms sector in Zambia with the country’s population still very young, opening up capacity for growth of the subscriber base countrywide.

And Molapisi says the company has invested more than US$30 million in the business to deliver its range of services that has seen its subscriber base swell to 5.7 million customers for services including data, voice calls and mobile money.

He says MTN is focused on strengthening its market share and build on its portfolio of services, supported by positive macro-economic factors in the country. The development comes at a time when Zambia is expecting more players in the country’s telecommunications sector, with MTN noting its openness to competition.

Spaking on the side-lines of the Customer Service Conference recently held in Lusaka under the theme, “Customer experience taking the lead into the experience economy”, Molapisi said his company welcomes competition citing support for a level playing field.

“As a company we welcome competition and this year alone, we have invested over $30million in this market and we will continues to do what we can to ensure that we please our customers while building our network,” said Molapisi.

He explained that MTN is seeing a massive rebound in its business which has been helped by macro-economic factors. Molapisi noted that there’s been stability in the Zambian economy and this is helping the business see positive signs of recovery and MTN is happy about the business and seeing good growth overall in its business.

Molapisi, who was awarded the 2017 Most Customer Focused Strategic Leader during the Customer Service Awards, has emerged as one of the most interactive chief executive officers in Zambian business with an innovative culture of interacting with his network subscribers through his monthly Facebook Live chats.

“I have time to listen to customers and assist them because it is in our service charter. We are liable to be responsive and next year we are honouring our customers because we have declared 2018 the year of the customer.”

MTN is Zambia’s largest telecommunications company with at least 49 per cent market share and has the largest mobile money customer base in excess of 800 000 active subscribers.

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Vehicles in Zambia increased to 853,909, RTSA, Police say

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INFORMATION obtained from Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) has revealed that the number of vehicle in the country has increased to 853,909.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said last year a total number of 31,027 vehicles were imported and registered in the country.
“According to data obtained from RTSA a cumulative motor vehicle volume has increased to 853,909,” she said.
She further said despite, the increase in motor vehicle volume, the country has recorded a reduction in road carnage and this can be attributed to increased compliance levels.
Mrs Katongo said the joint operations between the Zambia Police Service and Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) during festive seasons and long holidays have also helped to reduce road traffic accidents.
“Police will continue working in collaboration with all stakeholders to ensure the safety of the general public on roads. This will be done through community awareness programs and Law enforcement which includes intensified patrols on public roads,” Mrs Katongo said.

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Zambia allocated 8.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines 

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ZAMBIA has been allocated 8.7million doses of Covid-19 vaccines under a facility being pioneered by the Africa Union.

Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union, His Excellency Emmanuel Mwamba announced the development.

He said the initiative is being done under the COVID-19 African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT) a platform which has been created to ensure that upto 60% of Africa’s population were vaccinated against the Coronavirus by December 2021.

He said AVATT was created by President Cyril Ramaphosa, Chairperson of the African Union, in November 2020.

He said  AVATT has been mandated to secure the necessary vaccines and blended financing resources for achieving Africa’s COVID-19 vaccination strategy which targets vaccinating a minimum of 60 per cent of Africa’s population.

Mr. Mwamba said AVATT’s efforts are focused on; securing enough safe and efficacious vaccine doses to vaccinate at least 60 per cent of the African population, estimating the funding needs for vaccine procurement and delivery and creating the financing mechanisms required to ensure that all African Union Member States can access and receive the vaccine doses they need to reach a minimum of 60 per cent immunisation.

He said under the mechanism, the vaccines are being sourced from Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, and AstraZeneca.

Pfizer and Johnsons &Johnsons are among the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, while AstraZeneca PLC is a British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical.

He said a finance facility has been created under the AVATT- the Advance Procurement Commitment (APC) Facility to be backed by African Import and Export Bank (Afreximbank).

He said this mechanism aims at ensuring Africa’s access to the COVID-19 vaccines from no later than April 2021, by providing assurance to identified vaccine manufacturers that vaccine orders placed through the African Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP), are firm and will be paid for as may be agreed.

APC aims to guarantee Africa’s access to of COVID-19 vaccines in a manner that reduces the fiscal burden on member countries.

The mechanism will also ensure a timely, equitable and cost-effective availability of COVID-19 vaccine supplies within the African continent and by so doing, mitigate the protracted financial and socio-economic costs of the COVID-19.

This is also to provide a credible platform around which a blend of funding can be attached to

support Africa’s COVID-19 vaccine procurement requirements.

The Task Team has provisionally secured 270 million vaccine doses for  Africa for the critical period from April to December 2021.

He said Zambia’s allocation may rise to 25million doses by December 2021.

These vaccine doses, which are in addition to the expected COVAX doses, will be distributed through the African Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP).

The candidates and related quantities are; 50 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, 100million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, through the Serum Institute of India and 120 million doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine (upon satisfactory conclusion of phase III trials).

He said the vaccines will obtain prior approval by AVATT on the recommendation of the Africa-CDC.

Africa CDC will approve the vaccines having considered the necessary conditions, efficacy including vaccines which have been trialed in Africa and safety.

Mr. Mwamba said the Permanent Representative Committee (PRC) was briefed of the progress that has been made to ensure that member states began to receive the vaccines from March- April 2021.

This is according to issued by Mrs. Inutu Mupango Mwanza  First Secretary (Press&Tourism), Addis Ababa,Ethiopia

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President Edgar Lungu mourns Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Sibusiso Moyo

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has expressed sorrow on the death of Zimbabwe’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Sibusiso Moyo.
He said the people of the Republic of Zambia are deeply saddened by the untimely death of Dr Sibusiso Moyo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Zimbabwe.
“On behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of Zambia, I wish to convey my heartfelt condolences to Your Excellency, the Sibusiso Family and our dear brothers and sisters in Zimbabwe,” the President said.
In a message of condolences to President Emmerson Mnangagwa, President Lungu said Zimbabwe has lost a dedicated public servant, who made enormous contributions to Zimbabwe and the Southern Africa Development Community region as a whole.
The President said Zambia will forever cherish the brotherly traditional friendship that it shared with Dr Sibusiso, which further cemented already existing strong relations between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
“While we pray that the Almighty God grants us all fortitude with which to bear this loss. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” reads part of the President’s message.
This is according to a statement issued by special assistant to the President for press and public relations, Isaac Chipampe.

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

25 Jan 2021, 2:05 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

46,146 Total Cases
660 Deaths
38,639 Recovered

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