Friday, 17 June 2011

ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT OUTLINES BENEFITTS FOR ZAMBIA BELONGING TO BOTH SADC AND COMESA

GOVERNMENT HAS OUTLINED A NUMBER BENEFITS WHICH THE COUNTRY IS GETTING FROM BEING A MEMBER OF THE COMMON MARKET FOR EAST AND SOUTHERN AFRICA (COMESA) AND THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY (SADC) BY STATING THAT THE TWO REGION BLOCKS HAVE OPENED MARKETS FOR ZAMBIAN PRODUCTS.
MEANWHILE THE GOVERNMENT SAYS ZAMBIA PAID ABOUT $4 438 000 FOR BEING A MEMBER STATES AS A CONTRIBUTION TO SADC AND OVER $1MILLION CONTRIBUTION TO COMESA SINCE 2009.
ACCORDING TO FOREIGN AFFAIRS DEPUTY MINISTER PROFESSOR FASHION PHIRI ZAMBIA HAS CONTINUED TO BENEFIT FROM JOINT PROGRAMMES WHICH ENHANCE REGIONAL INTEGRATION AND SCALED UP PROGRAMMES IN AGRICULTURE AND LIVESTOCK AND FISHERIES THROUGH REGION BLOCK POLICIES.
PROFESSOR PHIRI WHO WAS SPEAKING IN PARLIAMENT YESTERDAY SAID THAT OPENING OF FREE TRADE AREA UNDER COMESA HAS BENEFITTED ZAMBIA AS MOST OF BUSINESS MEN AND WOMEN ARE ABLE TO TRADE FREELY WITHOUT MANY PROBLEMS AS IT WAS THE CASE IN THE PAST.
PROFESSOR FASHION PHIRI WAS ANSWERING TO A QUESTION FROM CHIPILI MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT DAVIES MWILA WHO WANTED TO KNOW (A) HOW MUCH MONEY ZAMBIA PAID TO BOTH COMESA AND SADC AS SUBSCRIPTION FEES FROM 2009 TO DATE AND WHAT THE BENEFITS OF ZAMBIA’S MEMBERSHIP TO BOTH REGION BLOCKS ARE.

published augustine

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