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President Lungu directs his Ministers to quickly implement the signed deals

Headlines President Lungu directs his Ministers to quickly implement the signed deals

President Lungu with Dora Siliya and Harry Kalaba
President Lungu with Dora Siliya and Harry Kalaba

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has directed Energy Minister Dora Siliya and her Commerce counterpart, Margaret Mwanakatwe to ensure all the Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) signed with French institutions are speedily implemented.

Mr Lungu told journalists after the France-Zambia business forum at the Movement for French Enterprises (MEDEF) centre that the Government was in a hurry to unlock the country’s economic potential.

Among the MoUs signed during the President’s three-day State visit here included one between Zambia and France Development Agency (AFD) framework convention on AFD’s activities in Zambia.

Other MoUs were between France 24 and Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation, Declaration of Intent between Business France and Zambia Development Agency, and Paris 1 Panthon Sorbonne University and the Hotel Tourism Training Institute Trust.

Independent Broadcasting Authority director-general Josephine Mapoma on Monday issued France 24 a licence to start operating in Zambia.

Mr Lungu said he had asked the two ministers to work at an appropriate speed and ensure that the MoUs were implemented.

He expressed gratitude to the French Government for pledging to help Zambia re-establish its national airline.

He said Zambia was a hub of tourism which needed to be air-linked for easier transportation of tourists into and out of the country.

The Head of State later attended a side event dedicated to renewable energy with top business executives, and facilitated by the Union of Renewable Energies (URE) at the MEDEF centre.

He said Zambia’s energy sector was in a crisis because hydro power formed 90 per cent of the country’s total supply.

Mr Lungu said following the Paris climate conference, dubbed COP 21, his administration had bought into the idea of alternative sources of energy to avoid depending on hydro power.

URE president Jean-Louis Bal said the association was interested in cooperating closely with Zambia in setting up renewable energy plants.

Mr Bal was excited about the legal framework Zambia was framing for renewable energy sources, which was in line with the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative formed after COP 21 and aimed at achieving universal access to energy in Africa.
He said the meeting would lead to more networking between French companies and Zambian entrepreneurs in the energy sector.

The President was hosted for lunch by the Association of International Exchanges in Agricultural and Agrifood Products and Techniques at Le Meurice Hotel, where he said Zambia was migrating towards increased investments in the livestock sector.

He said his administration was now looking at agriculture in a broader sense and had, as a result, split the Agriculture ministry to better manage livestock and fisheries.

Mr Lungu said depending on crop production alone, chiefly maize, was not a sustainable way of ensuring food security.

The President, who was accompanied to France by First Lady Esther Lungu and some Government officials, was expected to leave Paris at 21:25 hours, local time.

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61 COMMENTS

    • Mr. President I believe if Mr Samoa was in At your disposal you wouldn’t have to ask him to
      Implement anything because of his every his proactive energy, his intelligence, his natural leadership. I know you miss that.

      Mr Samoa would have struck 19-20 deals instead of 6. He is different he is unique.

      We need his to carry the torch from you mr . President.

      Vote miles Sampa and witness change like manner from the sky.

      I promised you

      Thanks
      BB2014

    • President Lungu, faka speed you have Zambians rallying around you in droves across regions and languages. The dream for a failed and divided Zambia is for Political wrecks with their delusion that our country’s salvation is in Anglo American taking over the mines.

    • Those speedy alliance with France can help PF by August, not the alliance with MMD.
      It’s a challenge, National Airline in 6 months?

    • We should also not that 90% of African countries previously controlled by France are a disaster? E.g Congo DRC, Burkina faso, chad, Central African republic, togo, Rwanda, Burundi etc. We must be smart than dumb when dealing with french who consider blacks as nothing.

    • Quickly implement??
      It’s too late baba – the damage you caused with your incompetence is too much for the Zambians to ignore and forgive you. Come August 11, 2016, your out!

    • Those with ties to the government, time to line your pockets, kulyamo nomba. Of coarse this includes the chief criminal himself the outgoing president Jameson Kabotolo Kadansa Lungu

    • LUNGU KUYA BEEBELE AUGUST 11. LUNGU KOTIJA TWAKULYATA! LUNGU IS SO LAVISH AND EXTRAVAGANT. LUNGU IS PRIORATIZING IN SERVING HIMSELF RATHER THAN SERVING THE MASSES. LUNGU IS A SERIOUS MISPLACEMENT AT STATE HOUSE. GET RID OF THIS SMOOTH CRIMINAL. EASIER SAID THAN DONE, IS DESCRIPTION OF LUNGU’S TRIP TO FRANCE. NOTHING WHICH WAS DISCUSSED IN FRANCE WILL COME TO FRUITION. CHANGE IS THE WAY FORWARD FOR ZAMBIA. ZAMBIA UNITE AND VOTE FOR HH AND UPND. NOW IS THE CHANCE FOR ZAMBINS TO REDEEM THEMSELVES FROM THIS HELL BROUGHT BY LUNGU AND HIS PF MINIONS.

    • I feel sorry for Edgar…no one takes him seriously even his own cadres defy his orders to stop violence.

    • MY FRIEND, DON’T SAY, US. SAY LUNGU HAS FAILED YOU, BECAUSE LUNGU HASN’T FAILED ME. IN FACT I AM MORE THAN HAPPY ABOUT HIS WORK AND I HAVE ASKED ALL MY RELATIVES AND FRIENDS TO VOTE HIM AND PF BACK. ALL ARE MORE THAN HAPPY, CITING THE MASSIVE INFRASTRUCTURE THEY HAVE ALREADY STARTED TO ENJOY. HOW DARE YOU EVEN SAY, “I AM NOT HAPPY”, WHEN YOU DON’T EVEN LIVE IN ZAMBIA. MAYBE YOU HAVE NOT EVEN BEEN THERE SINCE YOU LEFT?

    • No need to change my earlier post:
      LT, you dont have to publish the same message covering the trip to France 10 times. We get the point (PF VUVUZELA). There is nothing really special to have France24 channel operating in Zambia. These guys are just panicking because the elections are around the corner. Aint nothin’ new here.

      Its easy to promise people free and fair elections. Can we at least see to it that the opposition parties are allowed to meet their supporters without being blocked. What the President is telling the French is different from how he is behaving here back home.

      The best way to know a man’s character is to ask his wife and children!! We the Zambian children know the real Lungu!

    • Here is the real Truth for those back home who are only exposed to PF media, the former French colonies are ditching France for being useless and for supporting dictators and civil wars in those countries. The French use this strategy to steal/control oil and minerals. Rwanda already changed to English as an official language. Gabon has already implemented English from pre-school and they are ready to kick out President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who took over from his father, after his father died with the help of the French army.

      DR Congo dictator Joseph Kabila is another example of the French evil influence.

    • contd..
      Look at Mali, Chad, Rwanda, Central Africa Republic, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Cote D’ivoire, etc. All these countries, except for Gabon, have had civil wars, coup and political unrest all because the French want to control the minerals/oil wealth. Trust me, Im not into propaganda. I have lots of French speaking friends who can testify about what Im saying.

      The French are terrible! The British and Americans are slightly better. Based on the above, there is nothing to celebrate about the France24 channel that will be full of propaganda. I would rather trade with the Chinese.

    • Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with French investors coming in to invest. My issue is that we are giving them way too much credit when they have failed in many parts.

    • Guys the only good thing out of this French trip is the granting of a licence to France 24 to broadcast their news in Zambia via ZNBC at a small fee. Bravo.!

      PF minions in their small minds think that France24 will give PF biassed coverage to favour their propaganda. Far from it. The French are canning to cruel governments. Look at what they did to Gadaffi of Libya. They signed a lot of MOUs and offered to protect him. Even borrowed money from him. But guess what, when it became apparent that Gadaffi had to go the French were the first ones to drop bombs to smoke Gadaffi out his hiding hole.

      Not only in Libya did the French implement their pro-democracy agenda to rectify their stinking colonial legacy. They courted Gbagbo of Ivory coast . Gave him a lot of money in support, signed a…

    • Not only in Libya did the French implement their pro-democracy agenda to rectify their stinking colonial legacy. They courted Gbagbo of Ivory coast . Gave him a lot of money in support, signed a lot on MOUs including the defence one which allowed France to establish its mini military base in Ivory Coast. All that was strategic, because the French wanted Gbagbo out so that the French could be seen to favour democracy in their former colonial enclaves. French made a calculated move ,to help remove Gbagbo. The rest is history.

      Why Zambia now? Its, not Zambia the French want. Its DRC and Burundi. The French want to control things in these countries from the Zambian side which seems stable and peaceful. Of courses they aware of PF ‘s atrocities under Lungu, and they know that Zambians…

    • Why Zambia now? Its, not Zambia the French want. Its DRC and Burundi. The French want to control things in these countries from the Zambian side which seems stable and peaceful. Of courses they aware of PF ‘s atrocities under Lungu, and they know that Zambians hate PF to the core. So the best way to help remove PF is to forge some superficial friendship to gain access to our broadcaster to broadcast the truth about how PF is denying opposition parties their right to campaign freely using POA. This they will do, and if PF moves to stop their news, then PF will now be deep sh1t.

      That said the French want a sane government to work with in Zambia. Certainly PF under Lungu is not the one.

      Those of you who follow world political event please read this and decipher the French agenda…

    • Those of you who follow world political event please read this and decipher the French agenda in Zambia. I have tried to give my wiew……

      VIVA UPND and HH TEAM.

    • This is where we go wrong, Every country they visit? they give promises to re start the national airline. It was Middle east, Moved to China, Then Ethiopia?? Now France. Lungu and his people should get serious.

      These St.upid MOUs should not be implemented, until a new government is in place. This is the same mistake MMD made when they tried to sale Zamtel. Why should we do this in a Hurry?? something is wrong, Dora involved?? this is corruption. She does not learn a lesson at all.

    • All those saying Lungu is (going) kuyabebele will be disappointed. The movement is not the same as in 2011 Many Zambians still want Lungu they cant just voice out, he has shown that he is a great leader. Prepare enough tears.

    • HOW DO WE EXPECT LUNGU TO RUN A COUNTRY WHEN HE HAS FAILED TO RUN UNZA AND CBU? LUNGU AND HIS CABINET ESPECIALLY KAINGU ARE VERY CHILDISH AND ARE TRYING TO APPLY CHILDISH PLAY GROUND SOLUTIONS TO IMPORTANT ISSUES. THE STUDENTS PLEAS WHERE COMPLETELY IGNORED UNTIL THEY WHERE FORCED TO DO WHAT THEY HAD TO DO TO GET GOVERNMENTS ATTENTION. THE LAST TRIP TO EUROPE WAS A COMPLETE WASTE OF MONEY AND THAT MONEY WOULD HAVE FUNDED BURSARY COMMITTEE FOR SIX MONTHS. NO UNZA NO CBU NO VOTE!!!

  1. Naysayers,,,,,,,,Lungu is doing a very good job,,,,very smart and articulate leader,,,,go ask the Pope or President of France…..

    NB: by the way 50%+1 is within reach if not attained already

    2016 vote(PF) Edgar

    i thank you

  2. @John you can call me whatever you want am not a brainless cadre like you what is wrong to advise them not to borrow or maybe you are one of those morons in foreign mission who licking……

  3. Zambia’s energy sector is not in a crisis because of hydro power form 90 per cent of the country’s total supply, but is due to incompetency and lack of political will by government to build series of power station for the past 24 years. Load Shedding Report by the Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ) is very clear that the current load shedding is mainly due to incompetency and irresponsibility of the government and ZESCO Board of directors. The low rainfall just contributed slightly to load shedding. The PF government is not listening to EIZ. The above statement is not correct that’s why we end up with wrong decisions. The truth still stands that Hydro is a key to Zambia’s energy. Just because France is offering to help us in solar, does not mean it will cure energy crisis…

    • You are a fool. Who told you that the low rainfall has just contributediscovered a little? The effects of climate change cannot be over emphasised. Low rainfall pattern has almost dried the Victoria falls. Can that be also attributed to poor management. Micheal Bwalya you are an educated bum

  4. It’s hard to understand Lungu sometimes I don’t know how his carders do. Senior citizen is getting excited with valueless investment, are we just getting used or what. This is how our poor forefathers were getting cheated, getting excited before you know all the details

  5. These are meaningless MOUs. They are just a cover for exorbitant trips that ECL makes. How many trips and MOUs did RB make and sign? How many have come to fruition? Even the much talked about National Airline cant survive amidist fierce competition from South African Airways, Ethiopian, Kenya Airways, Not to mention Emirates with their newly introduced Boeing 777-300ER.
    The people home need solutions to their miseries. Unemployment and the high cost of living. CHIZUNGU SICHIGULA UNGA.

  6. My fellow Zambians my concern is the nature of leaders we have and not the deals they may clinch.Look at Dora siliya,Mwanakatwe and lungu are these people we can trust with the resources they are begging from france.Lets look at French colonies are they better of than Zambia.The answer to Zambia’s economic development lies in its people not begging from developed country.we need to invest in educating Zambians to acquire technological skills and scientific capacities to turn around the resources around into tangible products.Our leaders are moraly bankrupt they are simply looking for quick money to spend during the election.

  7. “due to incompetency and lack of political will by government to build series of power station for the past 24 years” how long has PF been in power? let us be fair with ourselves, how is the south african economy doing today, take time to read about eskom then compare with Zesco.

  8. Sorry it’s too late, it won’t work. The implementers are in panic mode aware they are out in August. People now are demanding a respectable and focused govt, not the PF govt that’s over-populated by disagreeable clueless creatures taking the country nowhere.

  9. France is not stupit to simply give Zambia money for free.France’s foreign policy in Africa is far inferio compared to that of Japan and china.France will only invest were they are sure they rip the natural resources such as minerals for almost free like in Congo.They are quick in offering support in wars in Africa.Mybe lungu wants to be protected by the French sodiers should the Zambians reject the out come of the August elections. This will not him because Uk and USA has more power over France and Zambia.

  10. These are just pledges which France can not honour due to presidents thick skin. Opposition are not allowed to assemble freely thats why HH is campaigning outside the country so that somehow he remains in the picture. ZNBC and other govt media have blacked opposition particurlaly HH, Miles Sampa and others. RB also moved alot during his last days telling us that he is bringing investments when in fact he was just window dressing himself. HH 2016

    • In my opinion, HH is wasting time campaigning outside the country. HH should find a strategy to beat the maneuvers by Govt to block him from selling himself to the Zambian people. Sata was given the same harsh treatment by subsequent govts before he was finally elected president but he never campaigned outside Zambia.

      If you want to be president show the people that you can out smart the maneuvers of the govt. That is the way Sata won credibility and became president of Zambia when all odds were against him.

  11. Who will implement those deals speedily? Dora and Mwanakatwe? it’s really laughable.
    LUNGU is very dull he doesn’t even know where is coming and going.
    What did Dora do when she was at transport ministry? is it not only corruption she left with her lover RB

  12. More projects, more jobs, more money, more schols and hospitals, more rains, more water, more Hydro Electricity, more industrial activities, more years for Lungu and PF More tears and pain for HH and UPND lastry more united zambians will be.

  13. More prayers more rains more water more power and food more money more economic activities more votes more days for lungu and PF more PAIN AND HATRET FOR HH and HIS PARTY, MORE SHAME FOR GBM, MUTATI, BOB AND LUPANDO MWAPE KATOLOSHI

  14. Only thieving people can support Lungu. Poverty is everywhere worse than in RB tenure of office. People need decent food and good education for their children. HH is the answer

  15. My main concern is that these are people who could not read the constitution amendment before they passed it. Have they even read that MOU? Next we will be speaking French and twinning with Mali or CAR

  16. This is what happens when you simply do not have a plan. ..you turn into a busy f**l….I didn’t know a TV licence could be obtained within 24 hrs!!

    • Was there even an application coz we heared the president talking about it and within 24 hours the licence was granted.Were the prescribed fees paid?Josephine Mapoma better be carefull,this can easily be a case of abuse of authority of office.

  17. God damn, just what the hell is wrong with Dora’s face? Is she on Jaribu? The bokossi also is humongous, no wonder Mr. Folotiya complained that every time he tried pulling her pants down, her bokossi was still firmly stack in them. McSuid’s problem was calamitous, whenever he tried to roll over after se.x with Dora, he had to roll over again and was STILL on top of you. I hope Jameson with his feats is careful because he can easily get “waMutharikared” stack inside this most notorious of bokosses!

  18. Right on President ECL. We will support you all the way. We the Concerned Zambians hereby declare that NOT ANY MORE are we going to have a Government of Mmembe For Mmembe and by Mmembe in Zambia. The Tax Dodger, Defrauder of Government Banks, Economic Saboteur, and the embodiment of Thievery on a Grand Scale must fall on 11th August 2016. Mmembe’s empire of hate should come to an end.We want the Presidency free from the Manipulation of Mmembe. We want our Governance systems to reclaim their Respect. We want the Church, Civil Society, Proffessional Institutions to reclaim their Relevance. Yes August 11, 2016, Mmembe’s thieving Empire and his proxies should fall.
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  19. ..we must be very wary when dealing with the French….what is the rush..???…speed kills…of what benefit shall France 24 bring to an ordinary citizen apart from the propaganda for the ruling party….
    ..avoid lacing containers full of petrol near a fire…Zambia is already in a volatile situation…

  20. Most of the bloggers on this website are not even in zambia, everyone one is shouting from wherever they are, do these bloggers know what’s really going on the ground? Am neither pf or upnd but from the way things are looking it’s going to be a very close race, if I was to put a bet on which party would win I would definitely place my money on the winning party which is most likely to be……….

    • @Spider

      If UPND win it will be the end of Zambia as we have known it. The end of gentility, beginning of unsecured Tribal hatred, vile Elitism, Patronised citizens by inexperienced politicians. Wholesale of Zambian assets into private hands. You will be reduced to being guests in your own country.

      The bad economy is NOT just in Zambia bane and will continue for some years with improvements in infrastructure. Technological Advances ( ICT) and Infrastructure Developments are part of the so-called Added Values implemented by PF for those who kept mouthing off the nonsense promises by HH yesterday. Steady as she goes is the way forward for Zambia. You WILL remember this blog if you vote UPND!

  21. The confusion of bloggers on this site! THIS IS GOOD NEWS AND WELCOME…. This says the future is being secured. It is proof HE has vision and that I suspect is the real reason why they moan and grown here!

  22. ba opposition especially ba UPND ur so much blinded by negativity….thats why u can neva see anything positive from this trip….for those of us who understands the positive impact of these deal its bravo to ECL and His Team

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