THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs has started drafting the foreign service bill to establish a career foreign service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs permanent secretary Chalwe Lombe has said.
In a statement issued yesterday, Mr Lombe said the foreign service bill is a constitutional document that will form policy on the implementation and management of career foreign service.
“Following President Edgar Chagwa Lungu’s pronouncement to establish a career foreign service in Zambia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform the public that it has started the process of drafting the foreign service bill,” Mr Lombe said.
He said the Foreign Service Act will, among other things, require that career diplomats are appointed into the foreign service.
Mr Lombe said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with other stakeholders will study foreign service legislation from other countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa to learn best practices.
The bill will sum up the structure, conduct and the means by which the country will conduct diplomacy and international relations.
It will also form clear direction and standard of a career foreign service.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is collaborating with the ministries of Finance and Justice as well as other stakeholders in the drafting of the bill.