The Bank of Zambia has issued new notes with a tactile feature to cater for the visually impaired.
The special marks are in the form of slanting lines on the front of each denomination ranging from two slanting lines on the lowest banknote for K2 to seven slanting lines on the highest denomination of K100.
These range from two slanting lines on the lowest banknote of 2 Kwacha to seven slanting lines on the highest denomination.
Head of Communications Kanguya Mayondi said this during the official opening of a workshop on the new tactile feature on the Zambian banknotes in Lusaka.
Mr Mayondi said the banknotes with the special tactile features are intended to be rolled out during the course of the last quarter of 2015.
Mr Mayondi said the move is timely as not all visually impaired persons are able to read Braille marks.
He said the current banknotes will circulate side-by-side with the new banknotes with the tactile feature without a time limit for withdrawal from circulation.
He added that the feature will not only benefit the visually impaired but all Zambian as it provides an extra security feature and make counterfeiting difficult.
And Zambia National Federation for the Blind Executive General Secretary Keshi Chisambi commended the Bank of Zambia for the move saying it is an important undertaking which will protect the financial privacy of the blind.