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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

Press Release

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.”

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16 COMMENTS

  1. I see. Have they come to show us how to work with our existing resources? What a set of hopeless goons Zed has turned out to be I still cannot fathom. The UNIP chickens are finally settling down to roost…

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    • You are the rotten odor of Zimbabwean fumes trying to paint all Zambians the same. Please keep myopic generalizations to your tavern meetings.

      Viva President Nawakwi.

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    • @Nzelu, it doesn’t take an entire country, a generalization, or a burst vein such as you are aspiring to do – to mess a country up. But, if you ask the Zimbabweans, the result of that bunch is exactly the same on the entire country.

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    • Kikikiki. He became a “Doctor” when he’s the worst performing minister; Load shedding because of over-generation at Kariba Power Station, no power over retrenchment in the mines. Maybe witch-doctor.

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  2. They are visiting to witness the corruption and incompetence first hand. It sounds untrue when told so they have to go to Zambia as eye witness.
    I Hope “Katondo boys” is well paid to spend time typing drivel and deceit online, because at the end of the day you still have to face the truth and live with it.

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  3. @Katondo boys u r a very stupid boy. These are the same boys who enjoy poverty. To hell with your pathetic party

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  4. GOOD. SCRUTINIZE DEADLY LOOTER LUNGU AND HIS MINIONS. DON’T GIVE THEM ANY ASSISTANCE IF YOU FIND THEM WANTING. IMAGINE FOR LUNGU TO BE PRESIDENT, OF WHO OR WHAT? LUNGU IS NOT MY PRESIDENT. LUNGU BELONGS TO THE DEVIL SIDE. LUNGU HAS BROUGHT A CURSE ON ZAMBIA. LUNGU IS NOT SUPERVISING ANYBODY. MINISTERS ARE SUPERVISING THEMSELVES, PERMANENT SECRETARIES ARE SUPERVISING THEMSELVES, CEOs ARE SUPERVISING THEMSELVES. IT’S FREE FOR ALL IN ZAMBIA, NO ONE IS MADE TO ACCOUNT! THAT IS WHY EVERY ONE IS STEALING IN HIS OR HER OWN WAY , IN HIS OR HER OWN CAPACITY. LOOTERS HAVE DESTROYED OUR COUNTRY. I AM IN BOTSWANA, AND PULA HAS JUST SHAKEN A BIT AGAINST THE USD. BUT HAS LEAPED A GREAT DEAL AGAINST OUR KWACHA, AND SOMEONE WANTS TO CONVINCE US THAT LUNGU AND HIS PLUNDERERS ARE NOT THE CAUSE OF THE…

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    • @Truth. Were you born that way or you had to work hard at being useless? Also please stop using capital letters! It makes you look even more s2pid!

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  5. You sound so bitter. This life is too short. Your opinion aside, Eddy is for now His Exellence the President of Zambia. He will remind so until voted out or he steps down either voluntarily or through restriction of 2 terms only. Your opinion for now is totally I relevant. I am sure you do not like him, but he is the boss.

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  6. Ministry of tourism has pontential to help mother zambia but there is no monitoring system of how many tourists are coming to Zambia.Pipo who make money are owners of lodges.It’s so shameful that Mfuwe receives or South luangwa nation park a lot of tourists but who knows where the money goes.These pipo have accounts in foreign countries instead of zambia.Govt lacks monitoring system and strong institutions.Can we become serious and stop foreigners killing animals in south lwangwa nation park?We can’t be talking about depreciation of kwacha if govt had a system.Zambia has lot of money but corruption has killed this country since independence.We are reaping now what we sowed.We want PF to improve our lives

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