THE Embassy of Sweden in Zambia is introducing a pioneering initiative targeting Zambia’s mining sector.
The initiative commences with a Swedish-Zambian forum on sustainable mining, set to convene experts, companies, and government representatives from both nations next week.
The Sustainable Mining Forum strives to position Zambia as a global leader in environmentally friendly copper production, aligning with targets in the eighth National Development Plan, Zambia Vision 2030, and global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Held in Kitwe on November 9, 2023, the forum is a collaborative effort with Business Sweden, supported by the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Development-Zambia.
Sweden, a frontrunner in carbon-cutting steel extraction in Europe, aims to develop a fossil-free value chain for iron and steel production. Leveraging Swedish expertise, the initiative seeks to assist Zambia in advancing its mining sector, boosting outputs and revenue while minimizing environmental and social impacts.
And Swedish Ambassador to Zambia Johan Hallenborg commended the creation of the platform which will be used for networking, learning, and business.
He emphasised the importance of strengthening the relationship between the two countries in innovative ways, hoping that sharing Swedish experiences will foster responsible and sustainable mining in Zambia.
“I am proud that Sweden has created this new platform for networking, learning, and business. It is important for us to strengthen the relationship between our countries in new and innovative ways, and I hope that the sharing of Swedish experiences and know-how will encourage responsible and sustainable mining in Zambia.”
Business Sweden Trade Commissioner & South Africa Country Manager, Rupa Thakrar Bagoon, highlighted the significant interest from both Zambian and Swedish sectors.
She anticipates the event as the initial step toward numerous opportunities for collaboration, emphasizing the potential for both countries and companies to learn from each other in building a more sustainable future.
“I am certain that this event is the first of many opportunities for our countries and companies to collaborate and learn from each other to build a more sustainable future together,” she said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 10th November, 2023)
Zambia recalls metformin tablets due to non-compliance
THE Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA) has taken action to recall metformin tablets, a diabetes medication, after tests revealed non-compliance.
The Authority has since written to the director of Yash Pharmaceuticals Limited following the development.
In a letter written to the pharmaceutical company, the Authority has directed it to recall metformin tablets 500 milligrams batch number KBTO18 manufactured by Bliss GVS Pharma PVT limited of India.
“Following routine post marketing surveillance of medicines by the Authority, the above-mentioned product manufactured by Bliss GVS Pharma Limited, India was analysed at the National Drug Quality Control Laboratory.The product was found non-compliant with respect to Assay test,” reads the letter in parts.
The Authority said the pharmaceutical company should initiate a recall within 14 days of the receipt of the letter.
ZMRA further advised that the company is required to submit a detailed report of the recall process which should include all the relevant information.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 8th December, 2023)
ZICTA directs Airtel to compensate subscribers for poor service
FOLLOWING the recent poor Airtel service experienced, the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) has directed the company to compensate it’s subscribers within five days.
The Authority has also directed the network provider to immediately engage the public regarding the recent network outages and provide assurance of their resolution.
In a statement, ZICTA Manager Corporate Communications Hanford Chaaba said the Authority is closely monitoring the service provider.
He said ZICTA is deeply concerned with the recent intermittent network and service outages on Airtel network.
“To this effect, the Authority has directed Airtel Networks Zambia Plc to compensate all subscribers in line with the approved compensation policy within five days from today December 8, 2023. The Authority has also directed the network provider to, using all available platforms, immediately engage the public regarding the recent network outages and provide assurance of their resolution,” he said.
Mr Chaaba said the network provider has further been directed to urgently put in place measures that will ensure that such outages are averted, and submit to the Authority a long- term plan to improve network resilience.
He added that the Authority will actively monitor network performances of all services providers to ensure that the Quality of Service (QoS) guidelines are strictly adhered to.
“We encourage members of the public to continue reporting any issues related to unavailability and quality of network or service,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 8th December, 2023)
Trade Kings Foundation donates over Two million kwacha to local farmers
As the year draws to a close the Trade Kings Foundation not only looks at the year that was, but also looks to the future by donating over two million Kwacha, in the form of seed and fertilizers to 500 local farmers from the Nampundwe and Chaminuka communities.
The Trade Kings Foundation recognises the crucial role that small-scale farmers play in Zambia’s agricultural sector. In strengthening their capacity, one significantly contributes to food security in and around these communities. With this in mind, the Trade Kings Foundation continuously strives to support the sector, whether in the form of building structures, laying irrigation for water reticulation, drilling of boreholes and now – the donation of seeds and fertilizers.
As part of the donation, the farmers will attend several workshops to upskill them on topics such as soil health, crop rotation, water management, and pest and disease. The program will also focus on crop ustilisation: how to sell, give back to the local community and plan for the next crop.
During the handover of the donation, Trade Kings Group’s Public Relations Manager, Bridget Kambobe, said, “Small-scale and family farmers play a major role in food production of Zambia. Faced with numerous challenges that include everchanging weather patterns, competition from large industrial farms and a lack of access to reliable, up-to-date information and farming inputs, the drive to support local farmers forms part of the Trade Kings Foundation’s ethos of “Improving Lives” and in so doing we assist in ensuring much-needed food security.”
She concluded, “Our role as Trade Kings Group and Trade Kings Foundation is not only to serve our customers, but to instill hope during the economically uncertain times that we find ourselves in.”