Pres. Lungu Seals Turkish-Zambia Relations

President Edgar Lungu has left a lasting impression on his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan who has promised to visit Zambia soon. President Lungu was in Turkey to attend the inauguration ceremony of Turkey’s new executive President under the new … Continued

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President Edgar Lungu has left a lasting impression on his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan who has promised to visit Zambia soon. President Lungu was in Turkey to attend the inauguration ceremony of Turkey’s new executive President under the new system. PRESS STATEMENT For immediate release Ankara, Tuesday, July 10, 2018-President Edgar Lungu says his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan is desirous of enhancing bilateral relations between Zambia and Turkey. President Lungu said President Erdogan informed him during a high-level bilateral meeting that he was committed to improving diplomatic and trade relations between the two countries. The President said Mr Erdogan has promised to visit Zambia soon. The Head of State said this shortly before departure for Zambia after attending Mr Erdogan’s inauguration. President Lungu was in Ankara to attend Mr Erdogan’s inauguration ceremony as Turkey’s first executive President under the new presidential system of Government “Well from us from Zambia being part of the invited guests, I think we have learnt a lot. We want to see how we can enhance our bilateral cooperation between Zambia and Turkey,†President Lungu said He said he was happy that the ministers and other officials in his delegation held fruitful meetings with the Turkish private sector comprising investors interested to invest in Zambia. “We are already working with some of the private partners like in the energy sector. I have said in the past quoting some scholars who have said that there is no finishing line to development. I think mankind keeps developing. So In tourism, Turkey has done very well and in agriculture,†President Lunge said. He said Zambia’s tourism and agriculture sectors are on the right development trajectory and it is through cooperation with countries like Turkey that they can record more growth. “We are talking of value addition in Zambia, and I think that time is gone when African countries thrived by exporting raw materials and we want to export finished products and we can only do so if we industrialise our economies,†President Lungu said. He said it is from that perspective that Zambia could benefit from agricultural practices such as agro-processing in Turkey to learn best practices in value addition in order for the country to export finished products as opposed to raw goods. Mr Lungu said Government has added a new dimension to economic diplomacy by ensuring ministers include businessmen in their delegations to explore possible public private partnerships (PPP. “So I think that it will not be ministerial trips anymore it will be business trips, ministers accompanied by businessmen visiting to see how they can cooperate in public private partnerships. “And I think criticism will always be there , come to think of it, every time the President goes out of the country  there is a lot of talk but I think that it is worth it,†President Lungu said. Meanwhile, President Lungu’s plane took off from Ankara Esenboga Airport at 09:40 hours local time. The President was seen off by Zambia’s Ambassador designate to the Republic of Turkey, Mr Joseph Chilengi. He was accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Joseph Malanji Presidential Affairs Minister Freedom Sikazwe, Minister of National Development Planning, Alexander Chiteme, Mwembeshi member of Parliament (MP) Machila Jamba, Lunte MP, Mutotwe Kafwaya and Chama South Davison Mung’andu and Special Assistant to the President for Economic and Development Affairs Hibeene Mwiinga. Issued by: Jerry Munthali First Secretary (Press) EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA, ANKARA, TURKEY The post Pres. Lungu Seals Turkish-Zambia Relations appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Paystack Partners Truecaller to Enable More African Businesses to Accept Online Payments

[Guardian] Paystack has partnered with Truecaller to allow more merchants across Africa accept payments online in a frictionless and secure manner by leveraging Truecaller’s mobile identity product, the SDK.

[Guardian] Paystack has partnered with Truecaller to allow more merchants across Africa accept payments online in a frictionless and secure manner by leveraging Truecaller's mobile identity product, the SDK.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Ethiopia and Eritrea Have Declared End to Decades of War

[This is Africa] Ethiopia and Eritrea are putting an end to their volatile relationship, which has affected both countries since 2000, when an uneasy peace deal ended a two-year border war. “A new era of peace and friendship has been ushered [in]”, Yem…

[This is Africa] Ethiopia and Eritrea are putting an end to their volatile relationship, which has affected both countries since 2000, when an uneasy peace deal ended a two-year border war. "A new era of peace and friendship has been ushered [in]", Yemane Gebre Meskel, Eritrea's Information Minister, said on Twitter

source: AllAfrica News: Eritrea

Minister – Government Will Soon Stop Paying TAZARA Staff

[Citizen] Mbeya -The deputy minister for Works, Transport and Communications, Eng Atashasta Nditiye, revealed yesterday that the government will no longer continue paying salaries of Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) employees.

[Citizen] Mbeya -The deputy minister for Works, Transport and Communications, Eng Atashasta Nditiye, revealed yesterday that the government will no longer continue paying salaries of Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) employees.

source: AllAfrica News: Tanzania

Cricket Cranes Begin Quest for 2020 World Cup Berth

[Observer] The National men’s cricket team, the Cricket Cranes faced Kenya on Saturday in a fierce opening qualification fixture for a berth at the T20 World Cup due in 2020. Uganda posted a score of 240/3, before Kenya fought back to leave it late wit…

[Observer] The National men's cricket team, the Cricket Cranes faced Kenya on Saturday in a fierce opening qualification fixture for a berth at the T20 World Cup due in 2020. Uganda posted a score of 240/3, before Kenya fought back to leave it late with a 241/6 scoreline, and carried the day.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

Cash Transfers and the Abacha Loot

[Guardian] The return of what may be the last tranche of the Abacha loot and the decision of the federal government to distribute that loot directly to 302,000 poor households kicked off a bit of furore last week. Some question the legality of the deci…

[Guardian] The return of what may be the last tranche of the Abacha loot and the decision of the federal government to distribute that loot directly to 302,000 poor households kicked off a bit of furore last week. Some question the legality of the decision based on the argument that the federal government cannot unilaterally appropriate those funds. Others question the economics of the decision, wondering if distributing the returned loot to the poor is the best thing to do. I cannot speak on the legality of the deci

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Tanzanite Thieves Must Be Stopped

[Daily News] CONSTRUCTION of a concrete wall to hem in the tanzanite mining blocks at Mirerani in Simanjiro district is complete. It is hats off to the National Service building brigade which has accomplished the job two months ahead of the appointed t…

[Daily News] CONSTRUCTION of a concrete wall to hem in the tanzanite mining blocks at Mirerani in Simanjiro district is complete. It is hats off to the National Service building brigade which has accomplished the job two months ahead of the appointed time.

source: AllAfrica News: Tanzania

Potato Traders Eye Comoro Market

[Daily News] POTATO traders set to export the produce to Comoro after VIBINDO society initiative to find the market in volcanic archipelago off Africa’s east coast. However, traders should change the way they handle potato consignments from purchasing …

[Daily News] POTATO traders set to export the produce to Comoro after VIBINDO society initiative to find the market in volcanic archipelago off Africa's east coast. However, traders should change the way they handle potato consignments from purchasing to export if they want to win the lucrative market.

source: AllAfrica News: Tanzania

Netball – Women Caucus for Increased Budgetary Allocation for Queens

[Malawi News Agency] Lilongwe July 9, 2018: Parliamentary Women Caucus has asked the government to consider increasing budgetary allocation for Malawi national netball team the Queens for them to perform better in international competitions.

[Malawi News Agency] Lilongwe July 9, 2018: Parliamentary Women Caucus has asked the government to consider increasing budgetary allocation for Malawi national netball team the Queens for them to perform better in international competitions.

source: AllAfrica News: Malawi