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Zambia calls on SADC to Operationalise free movements of people and goods


Minister of Housing and Infrastructure RONALD CHITOTELA.
Minister of Tourism and Arts Ronald Chitotela

Zambia has called on SADC member countries to speed up the operationalisation of protocols and agreements that facilitate for free movements of people and goods.

Minister of Tourism and Arts Ronald Chitotela says SADC member countries should develop policies aimed at progressive elimination of obstacles to the free movement of capital and labour in the region.

Mr. Chitotela said this at the African Leadership Forum held at the Durban International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa.

Mr. Chitotela said time has come for countries to collectively implement various regional policies enabling free movements in order to achieve objectives of the Continental Free Trade Agreement.

He said Zambia is cognizant of some of the risks involved in the unchecked movement of people, goods and services adding that while the continent has become more open due to globalization, it has equally become more restrictive due to challenges such as illegal trafficking of goods and people.

Mr. Chitotela said countries needed to develop responsive and legally sound policies cohesively in order to effectively tackle the challenges that the region and the continent as a whole were facing.

This is according to a statement issued by First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at the Zambian High Commission in South Africa Naomi Nyawali.


  1. Only the poor ones in regional groupings fight for free movement. Look what is happening in the UK. Brexit is the result of frustration brought about by inequalities that led to more people moving to UK from the eu than vice versa. Now with the hunger in Zambia every one will move to South Africa and other richer nations. Why would rich nations want the burden of you Zambian. Here I hope they stop allowing Zambian coming to UK especially those who are pf supporters. My white wife agrees

  2. Next time the ACC must use the Tonga formula of “hamujatilile”. When they catch him they shouldn’t let go

  3. Great message from Zambia. But before you push for this issue sort out your country how much employment are you creating for your people. As of now if this can be implemented all the remaining professionals will run away from Zambia ..

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