ZAMBIAN government and Huawei has entered into a partnership aimed at boosting the provision of digital skills, and developing young people into leaders of innovation. The program also seeks to support and accelerate Zambia’s digital transformation for social and economic benefits.
Under the partnership, Huawei will provide ICT training to 5000 students and 50 instructors across institutions in Zambia, construct a premier digital innovation hub to act as a center of excellence for ICT, and establish a Digital Innovation Scholarship Fund under the patronage of President Hakainde Hichilema, benefitting 50 students each year over the next 4 years.
During the Signing Ceremony held at State House in Lusaka, President Hakainde Hichilema commended Huawei for its unique contribution in promoting ICT’s and broader development in Zambia.
“No country can develop fast enough without technology. The initiative by Huawei is commendable and will go a long way in offering deserving students good opportunities and tapping into the talents and creativity of Zambians an help our nation evolve into a 21st century country and economy,” the President said.
Speaking at the ceremony, Lai Bo, Charge d’Affaires and interim of the Chinese Embassy in Zambia, said he believed that Huawei can give full play to their expertise accumulated over the years in the field of ICT, and continue to make its contribution to improve the digital competitiveness of Zambia an her people.
The partnership was inked by Leo Chen, Huawei President for Southern Africa Region, Hon. Felix Mutati, the Minister of Technology and Science, and Hon. Douglas Siakalima, Minister of Education, on behalf of Zambia government.
Both ministers have expressed their satisfaction with partnering with Huawei to develop the digital leaders and boost innovation in Zambia.
Leo Chen said provision of skills and development of talents sit at the center of development of ICT, which plays a critical role in transforming the economy.
“Huawei sees itself as a part of Zambia’s future, and youth is the future. To leapfrog Zambia into a prosperous digital future, we need to equip and empower Zambian youth with digital skills to be more employable and competitive, by integrating in ICTs into both learning content and ways of delivery of education. As a global leading ICT company operating in Zambia for the last 18 years, Huawei is always prepared to do more on that, ” said Chen.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, March 24th, 2022)
ERB lowers fuel prices amid Kwacha appreciation
THE Energy Regulation Board (ERB) has announced a downward adjustment in the prices of petrol, diesel, and jet A-I, bringing relief to consumers.
Effective midnight, petrol will be priced at K31.12 per litre, diesel at K28.78 per litre, and jet A-I at K28.23 per litre.
However, the price of kerosene will remain unchanged at K20.44 per litre.
The reduction in the prices have been attributed to the appreciation of the Kwacha which outweighed the increase in international oil prices therefore warranting a reduction in the domestic wholesale and pump prices of petroleum products.
ERB Board chairperson Reynolds Bowa said the price of kerosene has been maintained, adding that the decision on kerosene pricing will be reviewed consistent with the national supply and demand situation.
In a statement, Mr Bowa said over the review period, the Kwacha significantly appreciated against the United States Dollar.
“On average the exchange rate appreciated 14.4 percent. The appreciation was mainly attributed to interest rate hike by the Bank of Zambia (BoZ) and the directive that commercial banks hold back more funds in reserve. Furthermore, BoZ made available additional United States Dollars to the market,” he said.
Mr Bowa said the prices will come into effect at midnight and shall remain in effect until revised by the ERB.
He however said during the month of February the prices of oil on the international market increased.
Mr Bowa said the increase was mainly attributed to supply disruptions arising from geopolitical tensions in the Middle East which led to tightened supply of the commodity.
Meanwhile, the ERB in line with the Energy Policy has developed a bio-fuels pricing framework that will be used on blended fuel.
Mr Bowa said the growth of the biofuel industry will foster security of supply of petroleum products.
“Currently, a pilot phase for bio-ethanol trading has commenced and ERB will give periodic updates on how this programme is unfolding.” he said.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 29th February, 2024)
ACC nab senior accountant, businessman
A LUSAKA based senior accountant has been arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) alongside a business man for possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime.
Kasemuka Chiteta, a senior accountant stationed at police headquarters has since been charged with one count of possession of property suspected of being proceeds of crime.
ACC head of corporate communications Timothy Moono said in a statement that Kasemuka Chiteta on dates unknown but between 7th April, 2023 and 12th February 2024 in Lusaka District, concealed possession of a motor vehicle namely Toyota Landcruiser BAD4360 registered under the ownership of Chimuka Chibawe a Lusaka based businessman.
“In a similar development, the ACC has arrested and charged a Lusaka based businessman, Chimuka Chibawe of plot No. 136 C Kalomo road Chilenje” Mr Moono said.
He said Mr Chibawe has been charged with one count of Possession of Property Suspected of Being Proceeds of Crime contrary to Section 71 (1) of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No. 19 of 2010.
“Details of the offence are that, Chimuka Chibawe on dates unknown but between 7th April, 2023 and 12thFebruary 2024 in Lusaka, concealed possession of a motor vehicle namely Toyota Landcruiser BAD4360 registered under his names when the beneficial owner is Mr. Kasemuka Chiteta a Senior Accountant at Police Service Headquarters,” he said.
The pair has since been released on bond pending court appearance.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 29th February, 2024)
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