Author: Mwaka Nyimbili

THE PUBLIC ORDER ACT

In this week’s Monday Opinion, we attempt to look at the provisions of a somewhat controversial and contested law – the Public Order Act. The contentious issues surrounding the Public Order Act have often been on the regulation of assemblies and public processions/proceedings vis-a-vis the constitutional guarantees of citizens’ right to freedom of assembly, association,…
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CTPD WELCOMES PARLIAMENTARY CONSULTATIONS ON THE DRAFT 8TH NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN.

The Centre for Trade Policy and Development (CTPD) welcomes the parliamentary consultations on the 8th National Development Plan (8NDP) as this is key in terms of making progress towards finalization of the plan, a process which is was way overdue.

The Implementation of Smoke Free Laws in Zambia.

On the 31st of May 2022, CTPD joined the rest of the world in celebrating World No Tobacco Day – an initiative by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to spread awareness about the risks of tobacco use and how we can make the world tobacco free. In the spirit of advocating for a tobacco free…
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CTPD URGES LOCAL AUTHORITIES TO ENHANCE THE ENFORCEMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF SMOKE-FREE LAWS IN THE COUNTRY.

The Centre for Trade Policy and Development (CTPD) is urging local authorities in collaboration with Law Enforcement Agencies to enhance the enforcement and implementation of smoke-free laws. The dangerous and harmful effects of tobacco consumption cannot be overstated – it is one of the leading causes of non-communicable diseases such as lung cancer, ischemic heart…
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POLITICS NOT AS USUAL: PATHWAYS TO MAKING AGRICULTURE A BUSINESS FOR SMALL-SCALE FARMERS IN ZAMBIA.

I used last week’s feature to highlight why making agriculture a business matters. This feature builds on this debate to explore specific pathways – ‘politics not as usual’ – that can possibly drive this agenda. To make agriculture a business is to agree there are fundamental questions at the core of the debate – of…
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CTPD CALLS FOR WATER SECURITY TO BE AT THE CENTRE OF PLANETARY RESTORATION.

The World celebrated World Environment Day 2022 that falls on 5th June annually yesterday, The Centre for Trade Policy and Development (CTPD) is calling for enhanced protection and management of water sources especially forest areas to enhance water security and biodiversity generation for sustainable socio-economic development, and clean and safe drinking water for local communities.

CTPD CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO ENHANCE INVESTMENTS TOWARDS ACTUALIZING THE POTENTIAL OF THE DIGITAL ECONOMY

The Centre for Trade Policy and Development (CTPD), calls on the new administration to put more investment and resources towards developing a strong digital and entrepreneur led Zambian economy, driven by skilled MSMEs, particularly those led by the younger generation.

REFLECTION ON SOCIAL PROTECTION PROGRAMMES IN ZAMBIA.

In this week’s Monday Opinion, we focus on social protection and the non-contributory schemes that provide a safety net for the poor and vulnerable in Zambia. The Ministry of Community Development and Social Services defines social protection as “policies and practices that protect and promote the livelihoods and welfare of people suffering from critical levels…
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CTPD CALLS FOR MORE SUPPORT TOWARDS WOMEN IN THE INFORMAL SECTOR.

International workers day, which in many countries, Zambia alike, is known as Labour Day was commemorated on May 1st, 2022. This day sought to celebrate the contribution of the workers to the labour force.It has been noted over the years that informal setups/Government in Zambia, women tend to enjoy certain in-service privileges such as mother’s…
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ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION OF THE MINING SECTOR –PART 2

In last week’s Monday Opinion, I delved into the policy and legal framework that governs economic diversification within the mining sector. In today’s Monday Opinion, I take the discussion further to elaborate on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and recommended strategic interventions that can promote diversification in the mining sector away from copper.