Cabinet has approved the contraction of a 41.5 million US dollar loan from the Export-Import Bank of Korea for the Establishment of a Public Safety and Information System Project in Lusaka.
Chief Government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili said in a statement released to the media that the loan is meant to improve public safety and security in Lusaka.
Mr. Kambwili said that this followed growing concern on the rise in criminal activities as well as the disorderly conduct of some sections of society in the city.
Below is the full statement
PRESS STATEMENT BY THE CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON ON THE DECISIONS MADE BY CABINET AT THE 1ST CABINET MEETING HELD AT MULUNGUSHI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE ON 18TH JANUARY, 2016
(LUSAKA) Monday, January 18, 2016, — At the 1st Cabinet Meeting held on 18th January, 2016 at Mulungushi International Conference Centre, Cabinet made the following were the decisions:
(a) Contraction of a Loan amounting to US$ 41.5 million from the Export-Import Bank of Korea for the Establishment of a Public Safety and Information System Project
Under this Item, Cabinet approved the contraction of a loan from the Export-Import Bank of Korea amounting to US$ 41.5 million to support the establishment of Public Safety and Information System Project in order to improve public safety and security in Lusaka.
Cabinet has approved the contraction of the loan as there has been growing concern on the rise in criminal activities as well as the disorderly conduct of some sections of our society.
The funds shall be utilised in ensuring that the mechanisms for crime detection and prevention, through modern technology are strengthened.
The loan is highly concessional with interest rate at 0.01%; repayment period of 25 years; grace period of 15 years; and service charge of 0.1%. These conditions are very favourable and would not create undue pressure on Government in terms of repayment.
(b) Passports (Amendment) Bill, 2015
Under this item, Cabinet approved in principle, the introduction of a Bill in Parliament to amend the Passports Act, in order to provide for the recognition of the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) Passport Travel Document as an official travel document for Law enforcement officers travelling and carrying out official duties on INTERPOL related matters.
With the increase in international criminal activities, such as human trafficking, money laundering, theft of motor vehicles and cybercrime, it has become imperative that Law enforcement officers in the various countries around the world cooperate and work towards curbing these crimes. To ensure their participation in the International Criminal Police Organisation, it is necessary that they are effectively facilitated, especially with regard to travel so that they can expeditiously attend to the crimes.
Further, the 79th INTERPOL General Assembly approved the INTERPOL Travel Document initiative in order to ensure that Member countries could benefit from INTERPOL’s support and assistance without delay, whenever and wherever needed. It is, therefore, a requirement that Member countries of INTERPOL grant special Visa status to authorised holders of a valid INTERPOL Travel Document. Hence the need to amend the Passports Act.
(c) Appointment of Members of the Board of Directors for the Energy Regulation Board
Under this Item, Cabinet approved the appointment of seven (7) members of the Board of Directors for the Energy Regulation Board. The appointment is in line with Regulation 3 (1) of Schedule to the Energy Regulation Act, Chapter 436 of the Laws of Zambia as amended in 2003. The Board is responsible for the execution of its mandate of regulating the energy sector in line with the legal provisions.
(d) The 15th Session of the Zambia-Botswana Joint Permanent Commission of Co-operation (JPC)
Under this item, Cabinet took note of the information that the 15th Session of the Zambia-Botswana Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) of Co-operation was held in Livingstone, Zambia, from 2nd to 4th September, 2015.
The major outcomes of the 15th Session of the JPC will include the signing of a number of Memoranda of Understanding between the two countries in a number of areas such as Foreign Affairs, Justice, Cooperation on Combating Corruption and Economic Crime, Health, Customs and Excise, Science and Technology, Trade and Industry, Agriculture and Livestock, Tourism and Wildlife, Energy and Transport and Communications.
(e) Zambia’s Participation at the Twenty First Session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly
Under this item, Cabinet took note of the information that Zambia participated in the 21st Session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly, which was held from 12th to 17th September, 2015, in Medellin, Colombia, under the theme, “Fostering inclusive development and social transformation”.
One of the key outcomes of the meeting for Zambia was that Zambia was elected as a member of the Executive Council, which is UNWTO’s Governing body responsible for ensuring that the ?Organisation carries out its work.
Hon. Chishimba Kambwili
MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING SERVICES
(CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON)