Afrishop and Mwebantu announced a donation on Tuesday of 10,000 medical masks valued at USD 7,000 to Zambian Students in China, to help address supply shortages of the masks in the wake of the outbreak of the Corona virus.
There are about 4,000 Zambian students in China of which 200 Zambian students are in Wuhan city, which is the most affected city of the Corona virus.
As you may be aware, the spread of the Corona virus has led to a shutdown leaving many residents cut off from basic amenities. Afrishop will be using their app and logistics network in China to provide free masks to Zambian Students in need as they have become a much sought after and scarce commodity.
Mwebantu will be joining Afrishop by doing our part to help donate 10,000 masks and ensure that they reach our Zambian students.
To get your mask or access a mask for someone
- Download the Afrishop app on Google Play Store, Apple Store or Huawei, or at this link http://download.afri-eshop.com
- Enter recipient name, age, gender, Chinese phone number and valid residential address
The masks will be available for FREE to students via the app and can be accessed by downloading Afrishop on Google Play Store, Apple Store or Huawei store. Students or well-wishers can place their orders by using a valid Chinese address. With our logistics network, Afrishop will then distribute these orders across China for free.
Afrishop, Co-founded by CEO Miumiu Miao and CMO Lulu Haangala-Wood, is an e-commerce hub offering affordable and quality shopping to Africa through online shopping as well as affordable logistics and courier services. Afrishop also provides opportunities for entrepreneurs to buy or customize goods in bulk at wholesale price.
Mwebantu is a Zambian daily online newspaper founded in 2012 by Chilambe Katuta, a Thomson Reuters Foundation Alumni. Thomson Reuters Foundation is the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, the global news and information provider.
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Zambians traveling to Dubai urged to check their travel documents
THE Zambian Consulate in Dubai says it is concerned with the increased number of nationals travelling to other countries via Dubai being denied passage due to lack of Travel Permits.
And the Consulate has has advised all Zambian travelers wishing to transit through Dubai to ensure that they carry with them all the necessary travel documents in the country of destination such as travel Visa, valid passports, COVID-19 negative tests and pre-approval Travel Permits.
In a statement, Consulate second Secretary for Accounts Musonda Chella said cautioned that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most countries around the world have introduced special permits which need approval before one travels. Sometimes this application has to be submitted 24 hours to 14 days prior to the date of travel.
He observed that some Zambians have travelled without special travel permits via Dubai where the airlines from the United Arab Emirates prevented them from proceeding further to the countries of destination.
“This has caused panic and inconvenience as the nationals have incurred extra costs on tickets, spent nights in the airports, and in other cases sent back to Zambia,” Chella said.
K 5.7 billion allocated for FISP to benefit 1 million small-scale farmers
MINISTER of Finance Dr. Bwalya Ng’andu has disclosed that government has allocated a whopping K5.7billion for the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) to support over one million small-scale farmers in the 2020-2021 farming season.
Presenting the national budget in the National Assembly, Dr. Ngandu said government had also allocated K517.5million for the national food strategic reserve.
“Mr. Speaker, the Economic Affairs function has been allocated a total of K21.5 billion,” he said.
“Notable expenditures include K5.7 billion on the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP), targeting one million farmers across the country”, he said.
“Further, for the country to be food secure, I have set aside K517.5million for the national strategic food reserve”, he said
Dr. Ngandu also announced support to the livestock sector by promoting a programme to restock and control cattle diseases.
“Sir, to promote the livestock sub-sector, Government will continue with the Livestock Stocking and Restocking Programme out of which at least 30 percent of the beneficiaries are youths”, he said
“In the first half of 2020, a total of 3,100 households benefitted from the Programme. With regard to animal
health, a total of 283,000 animals
have been vaccinated out of the 2020 target of 290,000 under the Livestock Vaccination Programme”, he said.
He also announced a loan programme in the agriculture sector to primarily benefit young people.
“Mr Speaker, Government is
implementing the Zambia Aquaculture Enterprise Development
Project aimed at stimulating a viable aquaculture sub-sector”, he said
“In 2020, the Project, through the Citizens Economic Empowerment
Commission(CEEC), has disbursed loans worth K6.3 million to 637 aquaculture entrepreneurs”, He said
“These loans are targeted at empowering youths and women “. he said
2021 Budget is pro-poor, aims to safeguard livelihoods and protect the vulnerable
FINANCE Minister Dr Bwalya Ng’andu’s budget has been welcomed by many who say the budget will safeguard the interests of the poor, who have been hit hard by the recent economic slow down caused by COVID-19.
Minister Dr Bwalya Ng’andu tabled the budget at the National Assembly on Friday afternoon where he proposed to spend K119.6 billion in 2021 which translates to 32.6 percent of GDP. Of this amount, K68.0 billion, representing 18.5 percent of GDP, will come from domestic revenues and grants. The balance of K51.6 billion will be raised through financing.
“Mr. Speaker, the 2021 Budget clearly lays a foundation for economic recovery, build resilience, safeguard livelihoods and protect the vulnerable. The thrust and priority for 2021 and the medium term will, therefore, be to re-invigorate growth, restore macroeconomic stability, attain fiscal fitness, restore debt sustainability and dismantle domestic arrears and at the same time safeguard social protection spending” he said.