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NOTICE OF A NATIONAL CONSULTATIVE MEETING ON THE DRAFT DIASPORA POLICE
The Government of the Republic of Zambia has recognised Zambians living in the diaspora as key stakeholders in the country's economic development. In this regard, the Government is committed to ensuring that Zambians in the diaspora fully participate in the economic development of the country. To achieve this objective, the Government is in the processing of formulating a diaspora policy.
To this end, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is scheduled to hold a National Consultative Forum at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka, Zambia, from 1st to 3rd September, 2015. The purpose of the Indaba is to solicit for input from Zambians, including those in the diaspora, on the Draft Diaspora Policy for consideration and possible adoption by the Government. The key areas of discussion for the consultative meeting include, among others, remittances, dual citizenship, trade and investment, political participation and land acquisition.
In light of the foregoing, associations of Zambians living in the diaspora, being key stakeholders, are encouraged to send representatives to participate in this important forum. Zambians wishing to travel in their own individual capacity are encouraged to do so. Meanwhile, the High Commission will soon communicate to you details pertaining to registration for the Consultative Forum and contact details of the conveners of the meeting.
DEATH OF HIS EXCELLENCY MR. MICHAEL CHILUFYA SATA, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA AND OPENING OF A BOOK OF CONDOLENCES AT THE HIGH COMMISSION
The High Commissioner of the High Commission of the Republic of Zambia in Ottawa, Canada, Ambassador Bobby Mbunji Samakai, on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Republic of Zambia would like to officially inform you of the passing on of His Excellency Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, President of the Republic of Zambia, on October 28, 2014 in London, United Kingdom.
The High Commission wishes to inform the Public that the Government of the Republic of Zambia has declared a fourteen (14) day National Mourning Period effective October 29th, 2014 to November 11th, 2014 in honour of the late Republican President.
In this regard, the Book of Condolences at the High Commission (located at 151 Slater Street, Suite 205,Ottawa), effective November 5th, 2014, will remain open during the period of National Mourning as follows:-
• Monday to Thursday from 13:00 to 15:00hours and
• Friday from 10:00 to 12:00hours
The High Commission, therefore, wishes to invite you to kindly come and sign the book of condolences.
Fellow Zambians during this period of national mourning, I urge you all not only to remain steadfast and pray for mother Zambia, but also to be united.
Posted on 30th October 2014 and edited on 4th November 2014
2015 BUDGET ADDRESS BY HON. ALEXANDER B. CHIKWANDA, MP MINISTER OF FINANCE, DELIVERED TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON FRIDAY 10TH OCTOBER 2014
SPEECH FOR THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE FOURTH SESSION OF THE ELEVENTH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BY HIS EXCELLENCY MR.MICHAEL CHILUFYA SATA, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA DELIVERED ON 19TH SEPTEMBER 2014
2014 BUDGET ADDRESS BY HON. ALEXANDER B. CHIKWANDA, MP MINISTER OF FINANCE, DELIVERED TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON FRIDAY 11TH OCTOBER 2013
2013 BUDGET ADDRESS BY HON. ALEXANDER B. CHIKWANDA, MP MINISTER OF FINANCE, DELIVERED TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON FRIDAY 12TH OCTOBER 2012
SPEECH FOR THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE THIRD SESSION OF THE ELEVENTH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BY HIS EXCELLENCY MR.MICHAEL CHILUFYA SATA, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA DELIVERED ON 20TH SEPTEMBER 2013
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50th Anniversary Independence of Zambia
Zambia will be celebrating it's 50th Anniversary on 24th October, 2014 enjoying 50 years of Peace, Stability and Prosperity.
High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia, Ambassador Bobby Mbunji Samakai participates in the Travel and Vacation Show in Ottawa, Canada
On 5th and 6th April 2014, the Mission Staff headed by the High Commissioner His Excellency, Ambassador Bobby Mbunji Samakai participated in the Travel and Vacation Show held in Ottawa to promote Zambia's Tourism to Canadians.
The High Commission of the Republic of Zambia in Canada recognises the potential of international tourism in accelerating socio-economic development, particularly as a supplier of foreign exchange, investment and employment. Tourism tends to have a large trickle-down effect in terms of poverty alleviation, encouraging employment creation and small business entrepreneurship.
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Mr. Friday Chilufya, First Secretary(Economic/Trade), His Excellency, Ambassador Bobby Mbuji Samakai, Ms. Grace Chintu Ng'andu,First Secretary (Education), Mr. Chrispin Chibawe, First Secretary (Political) and Leona Chivizhe (Liaison Officer)
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Ms Jennifer Manda,Third Secretary(Personal),Mr. Darious Mumba, Second Secretary (Accounts) and Mrs. Musata Kaunda Banda, First Secretary (Administration).
(Posted 27/28th May, 2014)
AMBASSADOR BOBBY MBUNJI SAMAKAI PRESENTS LETTERS OF CREDENCE TO HIS EXCELLENCY SIR ELLIOTT BELGRAVE, G.C.M.G.,KA., GOVERNOR GENERAL OF BARBADOS
On 7th February, 2014 the High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia to Canada, His Excellency Ambassador Bobby Mbunji Samakai presented his Letters of Credence to His Excellency Sir Elliott Belgrave, G.C.M.G.,KA., Governor General of Barbados.
The High Commissioner thanked the Governor General of Barbados and the Government of Barbados for accepting his Letters of Credence accrediting him as High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia to Barbados. He also conveyed warm and fraternal greetings from His Excellency, Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, President of the Republic of Zambia to the Governor General and the people of Barbados. He expressed the desire of the President of Zambia to further deepen and strengthen the cordial bilateral relations that already exist between the two countries.
The High Commissioner also appealed to the Business Community to consider Zambia as one of their foreign investment destinations in Africa. He told the Governor General that Zambia offers a conducive business climate and is also listed by the World Bank among the twenty (20) fastest growing economies in the world. Furthermore, he highlighted the abundant opportunities in Zambia in the sectors of Agriculture, Mining, Finance, Tourism, Transport and Communication and urged the business community of Barbados to visit Zambia and forge business partnerships with their Zambian counterparts in the many business ventures that lay await.
He was accompanied by his spouse Mrs. Molly Samakai and the First Secretary (Economic/Trade) Mr. Friday Chilufya.
(Posted 11th February, 2014)
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - ZAMBIA PARTICIPATION IN 38TH ICAO GENERAL ASSEMBLY - 2013
Zambia’s participation in the 38th Assembly Session of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in Montreal from 24th September to 4th October 2013 was represented by a delegation headed by Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications, Hon Yamfwa Mukanga MP. This tri-annual event at the time, had a membership of 176 countries and is a global forum for cooperation among its member States and ICAO to set standards and recommend practices for the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation.
In his address to the General Assembly, Hon. Mukanga thanked ICAO for the invitation to participate as well as the Canadian Government and the Province of Quebec in Montreal for hosting the meeting and the warm welcome to visiting delegations.
Upon congratulating the newly elected President of ICAO, Hon. Mukanga, stated that Zambia was committed to ICAO’s vision and activities towards the sustainable growth of global civil aviation system by way of developing policies and standards in fields such as safety, security and traffic management, capacity building, facilitation, economic development of air transport and environmental protection.
In addition, he informed the meeting that, Zambia has invested in a major coordinated programme of upgrading and expanding the four international airports at a cost of approximately US$1 billion, in the hope of boosting the volume of passenger arrivals in the country, alongside upgrading communication and navigation facilities and air traffic management systems.
In conclusion, he emphasized the need for increased collaboration and sharing of knowledge and ideas through such forums, in order to increase the confidence and safety of the traveling fraternity world over.
Ambassador Bobby M Samakai
Front Row (left to right):
Mr. Prince Chintimbwe, Director, Airport Services, National Airport Corporation Limited, Ms. Mwila C. Kombe, Chief State Advocate, Ministry of Justice, Mr. Robinson Misitala, Managing Director, National Airport Corporation Limited, Ms Sylvia B Chalikosa, Deputy High Commissioner, Canada, Hon. Yamfwa Mukanga MP, Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications, Mrs. Charity Ngoma, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications, Col. Bonkwe Bwalya, Director, Air Traffic Services, Zambia Air Force, and Mr. Billierd Shingalili, Principal, Zambia Air Services Training Institute.
Back Row (left to right):
Mr. Mbanga Stewart Yeta, Acting Director, Department of Civil Aviation and Mr. Frank Chinambu, Director, Air Navigation Services, National Airport Corporation Limited.
AMBASSADOR BOBBY MBUNJI SAMAKAI PRESENTS LETTERS OF CREDENCE IN PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
On 19th September 2013, in the Capital City of Trinidad and Tobago, Port of Pain, the High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia to Canada, His Excellency Ambassador Bobby Mbunji Samakai presented his Letters of Credence to His Excellency Anthony Aquinas Carmona, O.R.T.T., S.C., President of The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
The High Commissioner conveyed warm greetings and best wishes to the President and the people of Trinidad and Tobago from the President of the Republic of Zambia, His Excellency Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata.
He appealed for stronger bilateral cooperation between the two countries considering that Zambia and Trinidad and Tobago have been having warm relations since the two countries established diplomatic relations and signed two bilateral agreements, one in culture and the other in economic, scientific and technical cooperation following a high level visit by Zambia's second Republican President in 1995. He also informed the Government of Trinidad and Tobago that Zambia stands ready to work with it and further cement the bilateral relations through reviewing and operationalizing the already existing bilateral framework agreements that can be used as basis for future cooperation.
He was accompanied by his spouse Mrs. Molly Samakai and the Second Secretary at the Mission Mr. Darious Mumba.
(Posted on 23rd September 2013)
CANADA CREATES A NEW SENIOR POSITION AT THE HIGH COMMISSION OF CANADA IN THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA
On 12th August 2013, the High Commission of the Republic of Zambia in Ottawa was informed that Canada has created a new senior position of Counsellor and Consul at the High Commission of Canada in Zambia.
The revelation was made during the courtesy call on the High Commissioner Ambassador Bobby Mbunji Samakai by the newly appointed Counsellor and Consul Mr. Sharad Kumar Gupta at the High Commission of Canada in Zambia. Mr. Sharad Kumar Gupta will be heading the Canadian Mission in Zambia .He is expected to take up his position in Zambia in September 2013.
It was reported in the Meeting that Canada’s Foreign Direct Investment in Zambia is largest in Africa and that it is more than the budget of Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). It was also noted that though CIDA programs are scaling down in Zambia, Canada will continue supporting Zambia through Multilateral Organizations such as WTO, WHO, FAO and Public Private Partnerships.
The High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia Ambassador Bobby Mbunji Samakai thanked the Canadian Government for creating the senior position at the High Commission of Canada in Zambia. He noted that whilst Canada was scaling down its activities in its foreign Missions, Canada was upgrading its Mission in Zambia to an even higher level of representation of Canada in Zambia. He mentioned that creation of the new senior position was a positive development as it signals Canada’s renewed interest and commitment in Zambia.
Zambia commends Canada for the upgrade of the Mission, as it promote interactions with the Government of Zambia at that level.
(Posted on 14th August 2013)
THE LAUNCH OF THE OTTAWA DIPLOMATIC ASSOCIATION (ODA) ‘‘WELCOME TO CANADA BOOKLET.’’
On 5th July 2012, the High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia to Canada, His Excellency Ambassador Bobby Mbunji Samakai chaired the launch of the ‘Welcome to Canada Booklet’ event in Ottawa at the Indonesian Embassy where the Guest of Honour, Mayor of the City of Ottawa His Worship Jim Watson launched (ODA) ‘‘Welcome to Canada Booklet’.
Ambassador Bobby Mbunji Samakai is the current President of the Ottawa Diplomatic Association (ODA) and one of the activities in his tenure was to help the launching of the booklet by the Mayor of the City of Ottawa.
The purpose of the booklet is to provide all Canada-bound diplomats, their spouses and their children with information about life in Ottawa City to ease their adjustment and adaptation to life in Canada.
The ODA ‘Welcome to Canada Booklet’ highlights the excellent recreational, cultural and educational facilities and institutions available in Ottawa and surrounding region, including the city of Gatineau across the river from Ottawa in the Province of Quebec. The guide also includes information needed to know about housing, health services, banking, employment, transportation, entertainment and shopping.
The High Commissioner told the gathering that the ODA was very grateful for the support it has enjoyed from the office of the Governor General of Canada His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnson, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, civic leaders, community leaders and business entities that came on board to sponsor the various ODA activities throughout the year. He said the ODA has a distinct duty of making effort not only in bringing the diplomats together but at familiarising them with their host country, Canada. He also thanked Her Excellency Dienne Hardianti Moehario, Ambassador of Indonesia to Canada, for hosting the event.
Speaking at the same event when he launched (ODA) ‘‘Welcome to Canada Booklet’, His Mayor of the City of Ottawa His Worship Jim Watson thanked Her Excellency Dienne Hardianti Moehario, Ambassador of Indonesia to Canada, for hosting the event and the Ottawa Diplomatic Association, President His Excellency Ambassador Bobby Samakai, High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia to Canada and the ODA’s Executive Committee, for inviting him to the event.
The Mayor further said that ‘Adapting to life in a new city, country and community can have its challenges, but organizations like the ODA are here to help, and I encourage you to use the resources they provide’.
He told the gathering that Ottawa prides itself on being a very welcoming and accepting city and that it is fortunate to have residents living in Ottawa who represent many different cultures and nationalities which makes the city so vibrant.
He informed the new diplomats in Ottawa that Ottawa is fortunate to be home to many outstanding recreational, educational and cultural facilities.
Ottawa has numerous parks and green spaces to City-run recreational centers, magnificent national and local museums, numerous cultural centers, kilometers of bike paths, exceptional educational facilities, plenty of services and programs the city offers for everyone.
He encouraged the diplomats in Ottawa to do what they can to experience all that Ottawa has to offer.
The event was attended by Ambassadors and High Commissioners, other members of the Diplomatic Corps, Members of Parliament, Senators, civic leaders and community leaders.
(Posted on 8th July 2013)
ZAMBIANS IN OTTAWA AND THE HIGH COMMISSION HOSTS DR KENNETH KAUNDA TO A LUNCHEON
On Saturday 1st of June 2013, Dr. Kaunda was hosted to a luncheon by the Zambian Community and Mission staff at the Official Residence of the Zambia High Commission. Zambians of all ages, young and old had an opportunity to meet Dr. Kaunda in person and listen to his personal experiences in the liberation struggle for independence of Zambia and other African States.
Dr. Kaunda, who was in a jovial mood, sang a song in memory of Mama Betty Kaunda playing his favourite instrument, the guitar. He sang other songs and also danced with equally jovial Canadians and other Nationals amongst the Zambian community that were very excited to be with him.
Dr. Kaunda left Ottawa for Cuba on Sunday 2nd June 2013, where he met senior Government officials of that country.
(Posted on 10th June 2013)
DR. KAUNDA SPEAKS TO A GROUP OF AFRICAN AMBASSADORS AND HIGH COMMISSIONERS ACCREDITED TO CANADA
On Friday 31st May 2013 Dr. Kaunda held a briefing session with their Excellencies, Ambassadors and High Commissioners of the African Diplomats accredited to Canada at the Sheraton Hotel in Ottawa Canada. Dr. Kaunda thanked Heads of Missions in Ottawa for inviting him to be the Guest of Honour at the 50th Commemoration of the anniversary of the Africa Unity (AU) held in Ottawa Canada on 29th June 2013.
He also thanked the Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. John Baird, the Minister of Veterans Affairs, Hon. Steven Blaney, Senators and Parliamentarians with whom he met whilst he was in Ottawa.
Dr. Kaunda further encouraged the Heads of Mission to work together and engage Canada so that more awareness is brought to the Canadian business community about the abundant opportunities that exist in Africa for Foreign Direct Investment.
Speaking at the same meeting, the Honourable Member of Parliament in the House of Commons of Canada, Mr. Joe Daniel thanked Dr. Kaunda for inviting him to speak to the Heads of Missions. He told the Meeting that Africa is a sleeping giant and it has a lot of resources that need to be exploited to help conquer poverty, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. He advised Heads of Missions to inform their Governments to write the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper about how the Canadian Aid is helping their countries. He believes that by writing the Prime Minister, the Canadian Government and the Prime Minister will appreciate how Canadian Aid is helping Africa.
The Hon. MP also promised to help African Colleges and Universities to have internship with Canadian Colleges and Universities.
(Posted on 3rd June 2013)
DR. KENNETH KAUNDA DELIVERS A GOODWILL MESSAGE FROM HIS EXCELLENCY MR. MICHAEL CHILUFYA SATA PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA ADDRESSED TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA MR STEPHEN HARPER
On 29th May 2013, the first Republican President of Zambia His Excellency Dr. Kenneth Kaunda delivered a special goodwill message from His Excellency Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata President of the Republic of Zambia which was received by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Honourable John Baird on behalf of the Prime Minister of Canada the Right Honourable Mr. Stephen Harper.
This event took place at the Parliament Building in Ottawa where he held bilateral talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. John Baird. He was accompanied by the High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia to Canada His Excellency, Ambassador Bobby Mbunji Samakai and the Assistant Director for Americas at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lusaka Mrs. Patricia Chisanga Kondolo, First Secretary (Economics/Trade) Mr. Friday Chilufya and Ms. Cheswa K. Silwizya, Liaison officer, Office of First Republican President.
Dr. Kaunda extended his warm greetings to the Right Honourable, Mr. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada. He applauded the excellent relations that Canada and Zambia continue to enjoy. He appreciated Canadian investments in Zambia particularly in the mining sector where it has created thousands of Jobs. Canadian Investment in the Mining sector in Zambia is reportedly to be more than $6 billion in Zambia. Dr. Kaunda appealed for Canadian investment in Zambia because Zambia is conducive for Foreign Direct Investment.
Dr. Kaunda told the Meeting that Zambia would like to continue working with Canada and get assistance to help Zambia grow economically and end its poverty.
Dr. Kaunda reminded the Meeting of the Zambia Canada friendship which dates back to time Zambia got its independence in 1964. He applauded Canada for standing strongly against apartheid and colonialism in Africa which helped in securing freedom and justice for oppressed people in Southern Africa.
In response the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada Hon. John Baird, thanked Dr. Kaunda for taking time to meet with him. He told Dr. Kaunda that he was truly a giant of freedom for helping fight injustice, colonialism and now HIV/AIDS in Africa. He told the Meeting that Canada will continue supporting Zambia.
The Minister told the Meeting that once the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) is signed and implemented between Canada and Zambia, Canada will even do more to encourage Canadian investment to Zambia. Zambia just recently signed the ‘Declaration of Intent on the conclusion of the negotiations of a bilateral Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement” on 4th March 2013 in Toronto. The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway signed on behalf of Canada and High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia to Canada to His Excellency Ambassador Bobby Mbunji signed on behalf of Zambia.
In the afternoon, Dr. Kaunda was hosted to Luncheon by a group of Parliamentarians which among others included;
- Hon. Dean Allison, M.P., Niagara West- Glanbrook
- Hon. Helene Laverdiere, M.P., Willowdale
- Senator Hon. Mobina Jaffer , British Columbia
- Hon. Scott Reid, M.P., Lanark-Frontenac, Lennox and Addington
- Hon. Joe Daniel, M.P., Don Valley East
- Jerry Sherman Embassy Connections
- Sabina Saini, Executive Director, Results Canada (operations)
Dr. Kaunda recounted the events of liberation struggle. He commended Canada and former Prime Minister Honourable Brian Mulroney for the support in helping African countries secure their independence from colonial rule.
Dr. Kaunda thanked the current Prime Minister of Canada, Right Honourable Mr. Stephen Harper, for the warm reception extended to his delegation.
In the afternoon, Dr. Kaunda was invited to the Senate at Parliament Building in Ottawa where the session was temporally suspended to pay tribute to him for his role he played in ending apartheid and colonialism in Africa. The Speaker of the Senate, Honourable Noel Kinsella had to call the House to order to introduce Dr. Kaunda together with the High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia to Canada His Excellency, Ambassador Bobby Mbunji Samakai.
The Senators gave a big applaud for Dr. Kaunda. The trip to the senate was organized by Senator Hon. Mobina Jaffer. The Mission was informed that it was the first time the Senate of Canada was temporarily stopped for a visiting African leader.
(Posted on 31st May 2013)
DR KENNETH KAUNDA SPEAKS AT THE AFRICA DAY CELEBRATIONS ON 29TH MAY 2013: LET'S ENSURE PROSPERITY IS ACHIEVED BY ALL
Dr. Kenneth Kaunda says meaningful emancipation of Africa can only take place if the continent achieves social and economic development.
Addressing the Africa Day reception organized by African diplomats accredited to Canada at the Quebec Conference Centre on Wednesday evening, Dr. Kaunda said the quest for liberty, self-determination and independence was inherent in all human beings.
He noted that African leaders at the celebrations of the golden jubilee of the African Union and its predecessor the Organization of African Unity in Addis Ababa reaffirmed their commitment to the ideals of Pan Africanism, including commitment to efforts in addressing the root causes of conflict in order to make peace and stability a reality for the continent.
"I am pleased therefore that leaders pledged their commitment to economic progress and bold steps have been made towards the construction of a united and integrated Africa including through the implementation of the continental Free Trade Area and our commitment to place African people, in particular, women and youth as well as persons with disability at the centre of our efforts to eradicate poverty. We live in a global village and in this fast globalising world we need to work together to ensure that our people in Africa attain higher standards of living. Therefore, anchored in our determination to respect the rule of law, human rights and the dignity of our fellow human beings, let us ensure that prosperity is achieved by us all and that the vision of our union to build an integrated and prosperous and peaceful Africa is realised."
Earlier, Dr. Kaunda was introduced to an ovation in the Senate. The trip to the senate was organized by Senator Hon. Mobina Jaffer. The Speaker of the Senate, Honourable Noel Kinsella had to call the House to order to introduce Dr. Kaunda which in itself was a first such procedure in a long time.
However, Dr. Kaunda did not address the Senate. Earlier, in the day Dr. Kaunda met with Canadian Foreign Minister Hon. John Baird to whom he delivered a letter containing "goodwill message to the Canadian Prime Minister the Right Honourable Stephen Harper from President of the Republic of Zambia His Excellency Mr. Michael Sata in which he thanked Canada for its huge industrial investment in Zambia."
President Sata called for more Canadian investment in Zambia. So far, Canada has invested some US$6 billion in two mines in Zambia operated by First Quantum Minerals. This is Canada's biggest investment portfolio in Africa.
Dr. Kaunda said it was a great pleasure to visit Canada, which was a strong member of the Commonwealth and one of the Group of 8 influential countries of the world.
He said he readily accepted the African diplomats' invitation to join them in commemorating the 50 years of African unity because of the special place that Canada held in the struggle against apartheid. "I wish to pay special tribute therefore to my friend and colleague Honourable Brian Mulroney, the former Prime Minister of Canada, who did not shy away from tough and controversial decisions but seized the reigns in the Commonwealth and fought shoulder-to-shoulder with us his colleagues to help dismantle apartheid," Dr. Kaunda said. "This therefore secured freedom and justice for our oppressed brothers in Southern Africa. To this end I salute you my dear friend and your great country, Canada."
He said during the colonial era, Africans lived in racially segregated countries. Dr. Kaunda said racism was practiced in all sectors of human development including in places of worship.
"When we talk about the formation of the OAU, one of the aspirations that we received as freedom fighters was during the independence of Ghana in 1957 which I was privileged to attend with other freedom fighters," he said. "On that occasion we heard the founding president His Excellency Dr. Kwame Nkrumah proclaim that the independence of Ghana was meaningless until the whole continent was liberated. Indeed, that was very inspirational. It gave us encouragement that no matter how long it took, independence was attainable." Dr. Kaunda said Africa had had a share of successes and challenges over the years.
"Looking back I can say as a people we have succeeded on many fronts," he said. "The aspirations of the people to self-determination and independence have largely been met. Colonialism, oppression and apartheid in Africa have been eliminated. The OAU has been replaced by the African Union and there are still challenges that we face as a people of the great continent. Initially the people's aspirations were for freedom and liberty but that is more meaningful if it is complemented by a higher standard of living. In this day and age as we engage with other partners in business we need to prioritize the placing of our abundant natural resources at the disposal of African people in general."
Dr. Kaunda called for policies that helped Africa add value to her raw materials to facilitate creation of wealth and jobs for the people.
"That is what the people of Africa are looking for, an integrated prosperous and peaceful Africa," said Dr. Kaunda. "God bless our union."
(Posted on 31st May 2013)
DR. KENNETH KAUNDA ARRIVES IN OTTAWA, CANADA FOR THE COMMEMORATION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF AFRICAN UNION
The first President of the Republic of Zambia, His Excellency Dr. Kenneth the Kaunda arrived in Ottawa Canada today the 28th May 2013. He was met at the Ottawa Airport by the High Commissioner to Canada His Excellency Ambassador Bobby Mbunji Samakai, Ambassadors and High Commissioner from African Countries represented in Canada.
Dr. Kaunda was invited by the Group of the African Ambassadors and High Commissioners in Canada to be the Guest of Honour at the African Day Celebration to be held in Ottawa.
On Wednesday, the 29th May 2013, Dr. Kaunda is scheduled to meet the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Hon. John Baird and later he will be hosted to lunch by a group of parliamentarians.
In the evening, he will be the Guest of Honour at a function hosted by African Heads of Missions which will be attended by Ministers, Parliamentarians, diplomats and business leaders in Ottawa.
(Posted on 28th May 2013)
OTTAWA MISSION PARTICIPATES IN THE AFRICAN WOMEN TRADE & INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES CONFERENCE HELD AT FAIRMOUNT, ROYAL YORK HOTEL, TORONTO, CANADA FROM 27TH TO 29TH MAY 2013
The High Commission of the Republic of Zambia in Ottawa participated in the‘African Women Trade & Investment Opportunities Conference’, Toronto, Canada from 27th to 29th May 2013.
The Conference was the first of its kind organized by the African Women Diplomatic Forum (AWDF) in partnership with Canadian Council on Africa (CCAfrica), a non-profit Pan-Canadian Organisation, actively involved in trade and economic activities on the African continent.
The Conference was aimed at promoting and supporting African women’s entrepreneurship and public service role in building better Africa. AWDF and CCAfrica believe that the active role of women in African economic growth will increase and strengthen people-to-people tie in all aspects of commercial, political, economic and social progress with all Canadians.
The expected results from this Conference were twofold, namely; to establish and strengthen trade connections between Canadian entrepreneurs and African entrepreneurs; to improve exchange of information on the trade and investment opportunities available in Africa and Canada.
Thirteen African countries were represented either by their diplomatic staff and/or participants from their countries. The Conference attracted over 150 participants. The Mission was represented by the Deputy High Commissioner, Ms.Sylvia B. Chalikosa and Third Secretary, Ms. Jennifer K, Manda. There were also two Zambian participants based in Toronto.
This Conference focused on women entrepreneurs; however, it was not exclusive of men and other stakeholders with whom the networking was key for positive and tangible results.
Zambia’s ‘Africa Joy Limited’, participated with a colourful display of high quality crafts made for export.
Participation of Zambian entrepreneurs in such functions will help the Zambian entrepreneur expand their business clientele in Canada, especially that Zambia has signed the letter of intent to sign the Foreign Investment Protection Agreement (FIPA) and once this is finalized, the bilateral conditions would be set to see both Canadian and Zambian business investors protected within the scope of their investment and compliance of the FIPA conditions.
The Conference was officially opened by Senator Salma Ataullahjan, representing the participation of the Government of Canada.
Canada is considered to be one potential source of tourists for Zambia but also a viable investment destination.
(Posted on 31st May 2013)
ZAMBIA AND CUBA SIGNED A SPORT COOPERATION ON 5TH APRIL 2013 IN HAVANA CUBA
On 5th April 2013, Zambia and Cuba signed a Sport Cooperation Agreement which is aimed at reinvigorating bilateral relationships in the field of sport and physical education between the two countries.
The Minister of Youth and Sport, Hon.Chishimba Kambwili, signed the agreement on behalf of the Zambian Government while President of National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER) of the Republic of Cuba, Mr. Julio Christian Jimenez Molina, signed on behalf of the Government of Cuba.
Hon. Kambwili went to Cuba at the invitation of the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER) of the Republic of Cuba to revitalise the Sports Cooperation Agreement signed in 2007 between the Zambian and Cuban Governments.
Hon. Kambwili said after the signing ceremony in Havana that the agreement would greatly benefit Zambia in terms of sports development and management in the country.
He said the agreement would enable the Latin-American Caribbean country to send more sports experts to Zambia while more Zambians will be sent to Cuba for training in sports.
Before the signing the Sports Cooperation Agreement, the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports appealed to Cuba to provide technical expertise to Zambia in training and developing various sports activities in the country
The signing took place at the International Institute of Sport, Physical Education and Recreation and was witnessed by National Sports Council of Zambia Chairman, Hon. Chifumu Banda, Parliamentary Committee Chairperson on Youth Affairs and Sport Hon. Levy Ngoma and Ministry of Youth and Sport Permanent Secretary, Ms. Agnes Musunga and Chief Sports Development Officer in the Ministry of Youth and Sport, Mr.Gibson Muyaule, First Secretary (Economic/Trade) at the Zambia High Commission in Ottawa Mr. Friday Chilufya who witnessed the signing ceremony on behalf the High Commissioner who could not travel because he was busy with other equally important national duties.
(Posted on 9th April 2013)
THE HIGH COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA IN OTTAWA PARTICIPATES IN THE TRAVEL AND VACATION SHOW HELD FROM 9TH TO 10TH MARCH, 2013 AT THE OTTAWA CONVENTION CENTRE IN OTTAWA CANADA
The Mission Staff headed by the High Commissioner His Excellency, Ambassador Bobby Mbunji Samakai participated in this Show to market Zambia’s tourism to the Canadians. The Travel and Vacation Show is one of the most effective ways to target consumers that are seeking travel and holiday information and travel agents looking for the latest tours and destinations.
The Travel and Vacation Show is an annual event that is held in Ottawa. Two hundred booths and 160 exhibitors representing destinations, cruise lines, airlines, tourism boards, Embassies, High Commissions and agencies from all over the globe were at the 19th annual Travel and Vacation Show.
More than 500 Show visitors passed through the Zambian Stand and collected different brochures expressing interest to visit Zambia.
Zambia has the natural resources and other tourism assets that attract a significantly larger number of tourists. The country is home to the Victoria Falls and also has some world-class national parks and other wildlife-related attractions, including 19 National Parks and 34 Game Management Areas covering over 22.4 million hectares.
Zambia is gradually becoming an attraction to many Canadians who want to undertake tourism activities in the country.
(Posted on 5th March 2013)
ZAMBIA, CANADA SIGN INVESTMENT AGREEMENTS TO BOOST BUSINESS AND JOBS
OTTAWA, Wednesday, March 6, 2013 – Zambia and Canada have concluded negotiations and signed the foreign investment promotion and protection agreement (FIPA) with Canada to boost business ties. The FIPA is a treaty designed to promote and protect Canadian investment abroad through legally binding provisions as well as to promote and protect foreign investment in Canada. The agreements ensure greater protection against discriminatory and arbitrary practices, and enhance the predictability of a market’s policy framework as well as give businesses greater confidence to invest.
In Zambia, the Canadian investor asset-base is estimated at to be worth over $6 billion, accounting for 20 percent of all Canadian mining assets in Africa. There is significant potential for increased Canadian investment in Zambia and Cameroon in the mining, oil and gas, infrastructure, education and health sectors.
Zambia’s High Commissioner to Canada, Bob Mbunji Samakai, signed the FIPA on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Zambia at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)’s International Convention, Trade Show and Investors Exchange in Toronto on 4th March, 2013. In his speech, High Commissioner Samakai said Zambia was looking forward to increased investments arising from the signing of the agreement, particularly in priority sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, among others and value-addition to natural resources. He reaffirmed the Zambian Government’s commitment to provide conducive environment for foreign investors.
High Commissioner Samakai said the signing of the FIPA had put Zambia on Canada’s list as one of the potential investment destination for investments. “Zambia is in a hurry to attract investments from Canada. The FIPA provides a stable legal framework to promote and protect foreign investment by setting out clear rules and an effective enforcement mechanism between Zambia and Canada,” said High Commissioner Samakai. Canada’s Minister of International Trade and the Asia-Pacific Gateway, Ed Fast, said the agreements signed with Zambia and Cameroon were “further proof that the most ambitious trade expansion plan in our nation’s history continues to get results for our businesses and exporters.”
In addition to Zambia and Cameroon, other African countries that Canada had signed FIPAs include Benin, Madagascar, Mali, Senegal and Tanzania. Canada is engaged in FIPA negotiations with Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Tunisia. Currently, Canada has 24 FIPAs globally.
Posted: 6 March, 2013
HIGH COMMISSIONER AMBASSADOR BOBBY MBUNJI SAMAKAI PRESENTS CREDENTIALS IN CUBA
On 18th October, 2012, the High Commissioner, His Excellency Ambassador Bobby Mbunji Samakai presented the Letters of Credence to Her Excellency the Most Honourable Ms Gladys Bejerano the Vice — President of the Council and the General Controller of the Republic in Cuba. The High Commissioner was accompanied by his spouse Mrs. Molly Samakai and the Second Secretary Mrs. Emmah Cheelo Hamweetwa.
In his speech, the High Commissioner thanked the Government of Cuba for the warm welcome and brotherly hospitality accorded to him and his delegation. He conveyed to Her Excellency Ms Bejerano a message of fraternal greetings from His Excellency Mr Michael Chilufya Sata, President of the Republic of Zambia.
The High Commissioner expressed the willingness of the Zambian Government to have stronger economic ties with the Government of Cuba. He further informed the Vice - President that Zambia and Cuba enjoy a long tradition of friendly relations and cooperation and that Cuba has played a significant role in Zambia's development by providing both personnel and training opportunities. The High Commissioner said he is aware of the many programs the Government of Cuba has undertaken to help Zambia achieve its national goals. One among many is the Cuban program against malaria which started in October 25, 2010 which Labiofam of Cuba is jointly undertaking with the Zambian National Program of Malaria to complement the Zambian Government efforts to fight malaria.
The High Commissioner thanked the Government and people of the Republic of Cuba for the hospitality being accorded to the Zambian nationals studying in Cuba in various fields. He said it is Zambia's desire that our nationals will make the best possible use of their stay here and enhance closer friendly relations between the two sister nations. Zambia looks forward to having many students trained in Cuba in many disciplines such as medicine, engineering, agriculture and tourism.
In reply, the Vice - President, on behalf of the His Excellency the President, Raul Castro and the Government and people of Cuba, informed the High Commissioner that she was pleased to accept the credentials accrediting the High Commissioner extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Republic of Zambia to Cuba.
Posted:23 October, 2012
HIGH COMMISSIONER, AMBASSADOR BOBBY MBUNJI SAMAKAI INVITES ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA BUSINESS COMMUNITY TO ZAMBIA
ST. JOHN'S, Thursday, November 15, 2012 – Zambia has called for stronger economic ties with the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, known for its beautiful touristic sites in the Caribbean region.
Zambia’s High Commissioner to Antigua and Barbuda on non-residential basis, His Excellency Ambassador Bobby Mbunji Samakai, made the call when he presented his letters of credence to Antigua and Barbuda Governor-General Dame Louise Lake-Tack on today.
“We invite [the] business community of Antigua and Barbuda to come and invest in the mining, agriculture, tourism and infrastructure sectors in Zambia,” he said. “Zambia is offering one of the best incentives to foreign investors and Antigua and Barbuda stands to benefit by investing in Zambia.”
The High Commissioner said it was his sincere hope that the two countries could exploit their longstanding warm relationship to encourage the economic and cultural cooperation between them.
Mr Samakai, who is a resident High Commissioner in Canada with extra-accreditation in [number] countries in the nearby region, explained that Zambia was endowed with abundant natural resources including minerals such as copper, cobalt, zinc, uranium and other precious metals.
Recalling the collaboration between Antigua and Barbuda and South South News that awarded the 2012 South-South Global Governance Leadership Award to President Michael Sata in New York in September, Mr Samakai said: “We are grateful that the Government of Antigua and Barbuda recognizes His Excellency, Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata’s contribution to the social and economic development of Zambia.”
Earlier in the day, Mr Samakai, who is accompanied by his wife, Mrs Molly Samakai, and his diplomatic staff, paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister and Minister Foreign Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda, Honourable Dr Winston Baldwin Spencer.
Mr Samakai is also accredited to Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, Jamaica, and The Commonwealth of the Bahamas
Posted:19 November, 2012
FIRST LADY’S VISIT TO MONTREAL, CANADA- WORLD SUMMIT /CONGRESS 24TH -29TH AUGUST 2012
The First Lady Dr. Christine Kaseba Sata attended the World Summit /Congress from 27th -29th August 2012 in Montreal, Canada. She was invited by the International Cancer Control (UICC) after she hosted a conference in Zambia on cervical Cancer and showed leadership role in the fight against women cancers.
She was honoured with an award from the American Cancer Society in recognition of her work.
Posted: 3 September, 2012
HIGH COMMISSIONER MEETS THE ZAMBIANS IN TORONTO
On Saturday 9th June 2012, the High Commissioner His Excellency, Ambassador Bobby Mbunji Samakai held a cocktail dinner for the Zambian based in Toronto. The Zambia Canada Association invited all the Zambians who were enthusiastic to meet the High Commissioner and his Staff.
The Zambians in Toronto through their Chairperson Mr. Charles Mwewa told the High Commissioner that the Zambians in Diaspora felt honoured by High Commissioner and Staff to find time to meet them and they looked forward to having more frequent interactions with the Missions.
It was also mentioned by the Zambians in Diaspora in Toronto that they were proud of the recent assumption of power by the Patriotic Front Government and pledged their support and loyalty to the Government.
At the end of the Meeting the High Commissioner encouraged the Zambian not to forget their home country and encouraged them to invest in Zambia. He informed the Zambians in Diaspora of the incentives of investing in Zambia given the enabling environment the Government has created.
Posted: 12 June, 2012
AFRICA DAY CELEBRATION IN OTTAWA
On May 30, 2012, the High Commissioner His Excellency Ambassador Bobby Mbunji Samakai attended the Africa Day celebrations in Ottawa organised by the African Group of High Commissions and Embassies represented in Ottawa.
The entire diplomatic staff at the Zambia High Commission also attended d the celebrations
The celebrations were well attended by Senior Canadian Government officials, Members of Parliament and Ministers who included Honourable Minister Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Mr. John Baird, Honourable Minister of International Trade Mr. Ed Fast, Honourable Minister of Francophonie, Mr. Bernard Valcourt, Parliamentary Secretary of Trade Mr. Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Mr. Deepak Obhrai, Honourable Members of Parliament
Speaking at the celebration, Honourable Minister Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Mr. John Baird told the audience that that the celebration of Africa Day was a testament to the strong relations between Canada and Africa. He said that the Canadian Government shares in the pride and passion of many African Canadians who wish to see Africa overcome its main challenges. He mentioned that the Most Honourable, Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. Stephen Harper with his government is pushing to improve the health and lives of African women and their children.
Another Minister from the Canadian Government who gave a speech is the Honourable Minister of International Trade, Mr. Ed Fast.
He told the audience that, “Africa is a region that is of strategic importance to the global economy. African countries are among the world’s fastest growing economies. GDP growth in sub-Saharan Africa was 5.1% last year (2011) which is a great accomplishment given the persistent economic challenges around the world. Solid economic growth is expected to continue this year and also the next.
More and more African economies are embracing trade and investment as an engine of growth, job creation and poverty reduction.’’
The audience was informed that Canada is proud to be part of Africa’s rising commercial success and that Canadian businesses are very excited about doing business in Africa. He mentioned that Canada’s bilateral merchandise trade with sub-Saharan Africa was reported to have reached a record high of $10.3 billion in 2011.
In 2010, Canada’s trade was only $7.8 billion and the year before (2009) when it was about $5.3 billion.
Posted: 4 June, 2012
HIGH COMMISSIONER HOSTS THE ZAMBIA TEAM AT THE OFFICIAL RESIDENCE
On the 16th May 2012, the High Commissioner held a reception at the Official Residence in honour of the visiting Zambian Government Technical Negotiating Team. Zambian Government Technical Negotiating Team headed by the Director of Industry of the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Mr Tobias Mulimbika who came to Ottawa for the second round of the Foreign Protection and Investment Agreement (FIPA). The High Commissioner encouraged the team to engage the Canadian team in negotiations for benefit of the Zambian Government and its people as well as the Canadians.
He informed the team that smooth and quick conclusions of the negotiations and the subsequent signing of the FIPA would encourage many Canadian investors to invest in Zambia knowing that their investments would be protected.
Posted: 21 May, 2012
THE SECOND ROUND OF THE FOREIGN PROTECTION AND INVESTMENT AGREEMENT (FIPA) NEGOTIATIONS HELD IN OTTAWA FROM 17TH TO 18TH MAY 2012
On 17th to 18th May, 2012 the Zambian Government Technical Negotiating Team headed by the Director of Industry of the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Mr Tobias Mulimbika held the second round of the Foreign Protection and Investment Agreement (FIPA) negotiations in Ottawa with the Canadian Team from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Investment Trade Policy Division. The first rounds of negotiations were held in Lusaka from 22nd to 23rd February, 2012.
The Deputy High Commissioner, Ms Sylvia B. Chalikosa and the First Secretary (Economics/Trade) Mr. Friday Chilufya represented the High Commission and the High Commissioner, His Excellency Ambassador Bobby Mbunji Samakai who was engaged in another equally important event.
It is expected that once the negotiations are concluded in the near future, there will be enhancement of Zambia’s investment opportunities through the FIPA is essential in attracting Canadian investment to Zambia. The FIPA will help to open up the Canadian and other international markets and make them more secure for investors. The FIPA may lead to job creation in Zambia, attract new investment and technology and thus lead Zambia’s economic growth and prosperity.
Furthermore, a FIPA will encourage a predictable investment framework and contributes to a stable business environment.
Posted: 22 May, 2012
HIGH COMMISSIONER PARTICIPATES IN THE CONSULTATIVE MEETING ON THE ONGOING DISCUSSION OF THE CANADA ZAMBIA FOREIGN INVESTMENT PROMOTION AND PROTECTION AGREEMENT (FIPA)
On 8th February, 2012 the Mission in Ottawa had a consultative meeting with the Canadian officials from the Investment Trade Policy Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).
The meeting was attended by the High Commissioner, Ambassador Bobby Samakai, the Deputy High Commissioner Mrs Silvia Chalikosa and the First Secretary Economics/ Trade Mr. Friday Chilufya.
The Canadian team went to Lusaka to meet their counterparts, the Zambia team on 22nd -23rd February 2012. The Zambian team was headed by the Department of Industry of the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry.
The main goals of the Canadian team were
1) open up the Canada Zambia exploratory discussions of the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA)
2) to both advance progress and meet with Canadian companies operating in Zambia.
Posted: 10 February, 2012
ZAMBIA’S FIRST LADY’S HONOURED WITH AN AWARD AT THE 2012 WORLD CANCER CONGRESS 27TH -30TH AUGUST 2012 IN MONTREAL, CANADA
The First Lady Dr. Christine Kaseba Sata attended the 2012 World Cancer Congress from 27th -29th August 2012 in Montreal, Canada. She was invited by the International Cancer Control (UICC) after she hosted a conference in Zambia on cervical Cancer and showed leadership role in the fight against women cancers.
She was honoured with an award on 28th August 2012 from the American Cancer Society in recognition of her work.
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Posted 5 October 2012
PRESENTATION OF CREDENTIALS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, AMBASSADOR BOBBY SAMAKAI TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE RIGHT HONOURABLE DAVID JOHNSTON, GOVERNOR GENERAL OF CANADA
The High Commission of the Republic of Zambia wishes to inform the General Public that the new High Commissioner, His Excellency , Ambassador Bobby Mbunji Samakai presented his credentials to His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at 10 a.m., at Rideau Hall in Ottawa Canada
After receiving letters of credence from His Excellency, Ambassador Bobby Mbunji Samakai, the Governor General, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston said, “I am certain that your time in Canada will be an interesting chapter in your long and distinguished career. Your experience as a diplomat and public servant give you a broad perspective that is widely valued and respected. I look forward to speaking with you and to learning more about Zambia, and wish you a smooth transition to life in Canada.
Canada has been a close friend and development partner of Zambia’s since its independence, and today we are committed to furthering our co-operation. Canadians are pleased to share common ground with Zambians, as shown by our contributions through the Canadian International Development Agency to health and democracy in your country. I am also pleased to note our mutual desire for peace and security in Africa.”
Ambassador Bobby Mbunji Samakai arrived in Ottawa on Tuesday 21st February 2012.
He was sworn as High Commissioner to Canada on Thursday 26th January, 2012 in Lusaka, Zambia by His Excellency Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, President of the Republic of Zambia.
High Commissioner, Ambassador Bobby Samakai, and His Excellency, the Right Honorable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, after Presentation of Credentials.
Posted: 13th March 2012
CAREERS WEBSITE FOR STANDARD CHARTERED BANK ZAMBIA
The High Commission of the Republic of Zambia wishes to inform Zambians in the Diaspora who may be interested in returning to Zambia and working for Standard Chartered Bank Zambia to visit the careers website - www.standardchartered.com - for further information.
Posted on 11 January 2012
DEPARTURE OF HIGH COMMISSIONER, DR. NEVERS S. MUMBA
The High Commission of the Republic of Zambia wishes to inform our guests to the website that Dr. Nevers S. Mumba is no longer the High Commissioner and that he completed his tour of duty and travelled to Zambia on 6th December 2011.
Posted on 22 December 2011
PRESIDENT MICHAEL CHILUFYA SATA'S SPEECH TO PARLIAMENT 2011
Mr. Speaker, I am delighted to address this august house on the opening of the first session of the eleventh national assembly under the patriotic front government. Allow me to congratulate you, Mr. Speaker, on your deserved election to this esteemed position in the house.
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LUMWANA MINE OWNERS CONGRATULATE HIS EXCELLENCY MR. MICHAEL CHILUFYA SATA
Barrick Gold Corporation, the owners of Lumwana Mining Company Limited, have congratulated President Michael C Sata as Zambia's fifth Republican President. In a statement made available to the Zambia High Commission in Ottawa, Canada, the Board of Directors wished President and his team every success and wished him their support in the highest office in the land to deliver his vision of growth and prosperity for Zambia.
In another development, Canadian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the House of Commons, Hon. Deepak Obhrai has congratulated President Michael Sata on his election as Zambia's new leader.
The two congratulatory messages are contained in a press release issued by Ben Kangwa, Press Secretary at the Zambian Embassy in the US and is also accredited to the Zambian High Commission in Canada.
Mr. Obhrai also congratulated former President Rupiah Banda, who he said accepted the will of the people of Zambia and peacefully transitioned power to the newly elected President.
Addressing the House of Commons in Ottawa, Mr. Obhrai applauded all the candidates that participated in the elections and the Zambian people on their role in bringing about peaceful political transition through peaceful elections.
He observed that Zambia's peaceful elections were another example of Africa's drive towards building stronger democratic institutions and principles on the continent.
He noted that Zambia "remains" a key partner for Canada in Africa.
He added, " Canada contributed to the Zambia electoral process through the United Nations and Commonwealth."
THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA, HIS EXCELLENCY MR.MICHAEL SATA ANNOUNCES THE NEW CABINET
The President of the Republic of Zambia, His Excellency, Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata has appointed Patriotic Front party Vice president Guy Scott as republican vice president. In an announcement, the president merged some ministries to reduce the numbers of ministries from previous 22 to 17. (Below is the full list of the cabinet and deputies)
His Excellency, Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, who had run for the Presidency four times in the past, was declared new President of the Republic of Zambia following the 20th September 2011 national elections. His swearing in ceremony was held at the Supreme Court grounds on 24th September where a mammoth crowd turned up to witness the occasion. Mr. Sata's victory brings an end to the 20-year rule of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD), where he was formerly a National Secretary before breaking away. This was Mr. Sata's fourth attempt at the presidency. The victory of the patriotic front –PF shows that its support base is larger than that of the MMD. The charismatic leader, His Excellency Mr. Michael has led the PF since its formation in 2001 and the party has grown from strength to strength.
The outgoing president Mr. Rupiah Banda conceded defeat after the announcement of the results by the chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Zambia Justice Irene Mambilima. His party managed just to get 55 parliamentatry seats.
The PF party got 60 parliamentary seats, UPND 28, 1 seat for the alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD) and Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) respectively. Three (3) independent candidates also succeeded in securing parliamentary seats.
NEWLY-APPOINTED ZAMBIAN CABINET AND DEPUTY MINISTERS
1. Office of the President H.E. Michael Chilufya Sata
2. Office of the Vice President Dr Guy L Scott MP
Deputy Minister Edgar C Lungu
3. Ministry of Justice
a) Cabinet Minister Sebastian S Zulu
b) Deputy Minister Dr Ngosa Simbyakula
4. Ministry of Defence
a) Cabinet Minister Geoffrey B Mwamba
b) Deputy Minister Colonel Panji Kaunda
5. Ministry of Finance
a) Cabinet Minister Alexander B Chikwanda
b) Deputy Minister Alfreda Kansembe
6. Ministry of Home Affairs
a) Cabinet Minister Kennedy Sakeni
b) Deputy Minister Obvious Mwaliteta
7. Ministry of Health
a) Cabinet Minister Dr Joseph Kasonde
b) Deputy Minister Dr Patrick Chikusu
8. Ministry of Foreign Affairs
a) Cabinet Minister Given Lubinda
b) Deputy Minister Dr Effron Lungu
9. Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock
a) Cabinet Minister Emmanuel T Chenda
b) Deputy Minister Nicholas Banda
10. Ministry of Labour, Sports, Youth and Gender
a) Cabinet Minister Chishimba Kambwili
b) Deputy Minister Rayford Mbulu
11. Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry
a) Cabinet Minister Robert Sichinga
b) Deputy Minister Keith Mukata
12. Ministry of Mines
a) Cabinet Minister Wilbur Simuusa
b) Deputy Minister Richard Musukwa
13. Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and Tourism
a) Cabinet Minister Fackson Shamenda
b) Deputy Minister Forrie Tembo
14. Ministry of Education, Science and Vocational Training
a) Cabinet Minister Dr John T N Phiri
b) Deputy Minister Prof Nevelyn Willombe
15. Ministry of Lands, Energy and Water Development
a) Cabinet Minister Christopher Yaluma
b) Deputy Minister Charles Zulu
16. Ministry of Local Government, Housing, Early Education and Environmental Protection
a) Cabinet Minister Prof Nkandu Luo
b) Deputy Minister Esther Banda
17. Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health
a) Cabinet Minister Dr Joseph Katema
b) Deputy Minister Jean Kapata
18. Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs
a) Cabinet Minister Inonge Wina
b) Deputy Minister Belinda Kawandami
19. Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications
a) Cabinet Minister Yamfwa Mukanga
b) Deputy Minister laban Mwenya Musenge
J. Limata Limata
THE DEATH OF DR. FREDRICK T.J. CHILUBA
The High Commission of the Republic of Zambia in Ottawa wishes to announce with deep sorrow and sadness the death of our Second President Dr. Fredrick T.J. Chiluba. He passed away at his residence on the 18th June 2011.
The Government of the Republic of Zambia has declared seven (7) days of National Mourning from 20th to 27th June 2011.
The book of condolences will be opened at the Zambia High Commission at 9am to 4pm from the 23rd to 25th June 2011. Those wishing to sign the book of condolences are welcome at 151 Slater street, Suite 205.
Important Days and Festivals:
- During N'CWALA festival, held on 24th February, the Paramount Chief of the Ngoni people of Eastern province commemorates the Ngoni's entrance into Zambia in 1835. Marked by feasts, music and some of the best dancing in the country, the ceremonies are held in Mutenguleni, 15 km (10 miles) south-west of Chipata.
- During the KUOMBOKA Festival of the Lozi in the Western province, the Paramount Chief and his family paddle along canals from Lealui to their residence in Limulunga, where they wait out the rainy season. In early March, anglers set their poles for the Zambia National Fishing Competition held on Lake Tanganyika.
- The Livingstone Cultural Festival takes place in May and at the end of July, UMUTOMOBOKO is celebrated by the Lunda people of Luapala Province.
- In July, the LIKUMBI LYA MIZE is celebrated in North Western Province.
- In September/October on the weekend of the full moon SHIMUNENGA, a ceremony of the Ba-Ita people is celebrated at Maala on the Kafue Flats in Southern Province.
- The LWINDI Festival takes place in November in Southern Province.