THE Zambian Embassy in Ethiopia has partnered with the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations to accelerate the work of the Zambia-Ethiopia Business Forum.
Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia His Excellency Emmanuel Mwamba said Government has shifted focus in line with the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP), from political to economic diplomacy.
He said this was to ensure that Zambia maximized benefits from countries of accreditation in Foreign Missions. betway
Amb. Mwamba who is also Zambia’s Permanent Representative to the African Union(AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa(UNECA), said in view of this, the Embassy had embarked on an aggressive campaign to maximise on the economic benefits that Zambia could realise from Ethiopia and countries of extra accreditation which included Sudan and Djibouti.
He said that trade between the two states averaged about $200million which could be dramatically scaled up with exports from Zambia such as sugar which Ethiopia was urgenlty looking for.
And Addisa Ababa Chamber of Commerce Secretary General, Getachew Regassa has welcomed the proposed formation of the Zambia Ethiopia Business Forum, saying it was a sure means of fast tracking trade and investment between the private sector players of both countries.
Mr Getachew said this when Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Emmanuel Mwamba paid a courtesy call on him.
He emphasised that the Business Forum would create a platform for the private sector to engage and discuss trade and investment opportunities existing in both countries.
He said it was through platforms like the business forum that business delegation visits would be facilitated between the two countries.
The Secretary General requested Mr. Mwamba to help implement the Memorandum of Understanding-MoU- that the Chamber signed with the Zambia Chamber of Commerce in 2017.
He said he was happy that Amb. Mwamba had expressed commitment to revive the MoU and go a step further to propose the establishment of the Zambia-Ethiopia Business Forum between the two countries.
He said it was important that the MoU signed between the two Chambers of Commerce was actualised and , further stated that the envisaged Business Forum would not work in isolation but with full support from both Chambers.
Amb. Mwamba stressed that in View of the planned launch of the operational phase of the African Continental Free Trade Area(AfCFTA) in July, 2019, the need for the private sector players of both countries to develop strategies that would ensure that they maximise benefits from the larger free market.
This is according to a statement issued by Mrs Inutu Mupango Mwanza, First Secretary- Press & Tourism at Zambian Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Lusaka City Council closes an illegal wine Factory at Evelyn Hone College.
THE Lusaka City Council (LCC) has warned all persons involved in illegal brewing and distribution of certified wines to stop operations before they are visited by the local authority. This comes in the wake of the LCC closing an illegal wine Factory at Evelyn Hone College.
Lusaka City Council Public Relations Manager George Sichimba said in a statement that this follows a complaint from the institution administration after it noticed a fermentation smell coming from the school canteen.
He said acting on the tip, a team of LCC Public health inspectors moved to the scene and found a wine Factory running and all process involved in the making and packaging of the product was been done in one place.
“Workers at the factory manually packaged the wine into bottles without any protective equipment and no measures were in place to allow for safe food handling. The factory was making wines labeled Zikomo, Chibe Pakapaka, Natotela, Zambezi, Sansamukeni and Banana Wine. At the time of Inspection, the owner of the factory was unable to produce any permits that allows them to manufacture and distribute the wine.” he said.
LCC has since Seized on Premise all goods that were in the factory until investigations are concluded.
Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) intercepts four trucks carrying assorted lotions worth over K1.7 million
ZRA Corporate Communications Manager Topsy Sikalinda says the authority has seized 7, 030 x 50 Kg bags of maize, and 3,645 x 25 Kg of mealie meal which was smuggled in Chingola, Chipata, Chirundu, and Kasumbalesa.
And Sikalinda says the authority has also intercepted four (04) of assorted lotions worth over K1.7 million.
In a statement, Sikalinda said the consignments were declared at Chanida Border as cleaning materials by using an additional procedure code for Chipata General Hospital in order to enjoy an exemption from taxes.
He said alert ZRA officers intercepted the consignments in Katete and inspected the trucks.
Sikalinda said during the inspection, officers found that the trucks were loaded with assorted body lotions contrary to what was declared as cleaning materials for the hospital.
“Investigations have revealed that this is a pure case of smuggling through False Declaration, False Representation, Misclassifications, Document falsification and abuse of a Taxpayer Identification Number (TPIN) contrary to the customs and excise Act Cap 322 of the Laws of Zambia,” Sikalinda said.
Meanwhile, Sikalinda said ZRA has further seized 1044 x 50 Kgs of Maize Bran, and 261 x 20 litres of Cooking oil, and another 1,176 x 6 x 2 litres of cooking oil which was smuggled through various border points.
UNZA Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr. Tamala Kambikambi appointed to the Board of the Zambia Qualifications Authority (ZAQA) for a period of three (3) years
HIGHER Education Minister Dr Brian Mushimba has appointed University of Zambia (UNZA) Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr Tamala Kambikambi as Board member of the Zambia Qualifications Authority (ZAQA) Management Board.
Dr Kambikambi will join a group of other distinguished and eminent Zambians to provide strategic direction to the qualifications authority as Board member.
In a letter of appointment, the minister stated that Dr Kambikambi will serve for a tenure period of three years in accordance with the provisions of the Zambia Qualifications Authority (ZAQA) Act number 201.
This is according to a statement issued by UNZA Acting Head of Public Relations Dr Brenda Bukowa.