Video guest: Josephine Mwangi

July 2018
25 26 27 28 29 30 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 1 2 3 4 5



Follow the CTA Brussels Daily


twitter logo


facebook logo cta

Monday, 01 June 2015

Zambia will not sign EPAs blindly

Commerce, Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Miles Sampa said Zambia will not follow blindly when signing agreements with international partners on the sidelines of the recent Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP-EU) Council of Ministers in Brussels. Mr Sampa said any deviation from that guidance would not be allowed because government is aware of the fact that the country’s interest always come first. “We will not follow blindly; we will make decisions that are beneficial to the Zambian people. Until we are satisfied that the ordinary Zambians will benefit from these agreements, not only today but also in the next 20; 50 years…,” he said. Mr Sampa further explained that Zambia is now focusing on value addition as opposed to exporting raw materials. Zambia is still in the process of negotiating an EPA that was development friendly to its economy and flexible enough to accommodate the European counterparts. The Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry is responsible for coordinating EPA position, and has received  guidance from the Parliament to carry out urgent consultations amongst stakeholders with a view to coming up with a more inclusive and informed position.