FIVE members of the German Parliament “Bundestag” have arrived in the country on a four day visit to get a first-hand impression of the focal areas of German-Zambian Cooperation in the fields of water and sanitation.
The other area of interest during the Members of Parliament (MP)’s visit is on good governance, decentralization, public financial management as well as support to Civil Society Organizations (CSO), energy, agriculture and wildlife management.
This is according to a statement released by Germany Embassy’s Press and Public Relations Officer Carolin Bernecker.
Below is the full statement
Group of high ranking German MPs paying a 4 day visit to Zambia
Five members of the German Parliament (“Bundestag”) are paying a 4 day visit to the Republic of Zambia from Sunday, October 4 th to Wednesday, October 7th.
The Honorables Mrs. Dagmar Woehrl, Mr. Heinz-Joachim Barchmann, Mr. Peter Meiwald, Mr. Sascha Raabe and Mr. Peter Stein are members of the Parliamentary Committee for Development Cooperation and therefore play a key role for the endorsement of bilateral cooperation programmes between Germany and Zambia. The total volume of these programmes adds up to 1.6 billion Kwacha for the period 2014 – 2016.
Main purpose of the visit is to get a first-hand impression of the focal areas of German-Zambian Cooperation in the fields of water and sanitation, good governance (decentralization, public financial management, support to CSOs), energy, agriculture and wildlife management. In addition the MPs would like to affirm the excellent and trustful relations between Germany and Zambia for more than 50 years since independence.
The delegation will meet with high-ranking representatives of the Zambian Government, including Her Honour, Republican Vice President Inonge Wina, Minister for Local Government and Housing, Dr. John Phiri,Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development, Dr. Christopher Yaluma and Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Given Lubinda. The Speaker of Parliament, Dr. Patrick Matibini, will also receive the delegation.
In their discussions the MPs will focus on ways and means to further support Zambia in its endeavor to fight poverty, to foster inclusive growth and development, to combat corruption and to diversify the economy. They will also touch upon the important issue of regional integration and the creation of an enabling environment for the private sector, especially in the field of renewable energy.
The visit will be complemented by a meeting with representatives from civil society to discuss current issues of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Zambia. In addition the delegation will do a walking tour through Garden Compound to get in touch with the community and discuss challenges and opportunities of their daily life. Further parts of the programme comprise a discussion with various stakeholders in the agricultural sector (ZNFU, NGOs, research institutions, private companies and other cooperating partners) as well as a field trip to South Luangwa National Park and the surrounding Game Management Areas to learn
about the current poaching crisis, the role of ZAWA in wildlife protection and the development of Zambia’s tourism sector, including benefits for local communities.
“I am sure that the German MPs will have an excellent exchange of views with the representatives of the Zambian Government and will obtain an actual and unadorned impression of Zambia’s development needs and challenges”, says German Ambassador Bernd Finke. “Building on this first-hand experience they will stay committed to the long-standing and successful cooperation between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Zambia.”