Category: Legal Desk Press Statements

CTPD APPLAUDS GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS TO EMBARK ON ROBUST LEGAL REFORMS.

The Centre for Trade Policy and Development (CTPD) commends government for its continued efforts to embark on robust legal reform to enhance socio-economic development. The 2023 Budget Address by the Minister of Finance highlighted a number of proposals for legislative reform across various sectors.

CTPD EXPECTATIONS FROM THE PRESIDENTS OFFICIAL OPENING OF PARLIAMENT SESSION: Improved regulation of Tobacco

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 disease, stroke, asthma, respiratory infections, and the list goes on. According to the Ministry of Health, tobacco is responsible for over 7,000 deaths annually in the country,…
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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.

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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GOVERNMENT SHOULD REVISIT THE CYBER SECURITY AND CRIMES ACT AND MAKE AMENDMENTS TO SOME OF ITS PROBLEMATIC PROVISIONS.

With the advancement in science and rights technology, the world has gradually transformed itself into digital space with increasing use of the internet, mobile devices, social networking, and computing data. Zambia has been no stranger to this modern digital era and the cyber space has become an increasingly large part of our day-to-day lives.

CTPD PRESS STATEMENT ON THE 2020 FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE CENTRE (FIC) REPORT

The Centre for Trade Policy and Development (CTPD) has noted with concern, the revelations from the latest 2020 Financial Intelligence Center (FIC) report that Zambia lost about K3.1 billion through corruption, tax evasion, fraud, illegal mining and other vices, with corruption alone accounting for over 70% of the total losses, translating into about K2.2 billion.

CYBER SECURITY AND ELECTION READINESS

The Centre for Trade Policy and Development (“CTPD”) is concerned about the implementation of digital security laws ahead of the August 12th  General Elections. In the second quarter of 2021, the Government of the Republic of Zambia enacted legislation that regulates cyber security as well as the storage, processing, and protection of electronic data in…
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COVID-19VACCINATIONPROGRAMME-HIGHLIGHTING THE LEGAL PITFALLS

On the 14th April, 2021, the Government of the Republic of Zambia launched the first ever COVID -19 Vaccination Programme. This followed the procurement and arrival of the first 228,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines under the COVAX Facility. In accordance with the National Vaccine Deployment Plan, the vaccine will be available to all willing persons…
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Legal Implications of the Eurobond Default

The Centre for Trade Policy and Development has observed that the Government has failed to honour another coupon payment due under one of the Eurobonds. The Ministry of Finance confirmed on 31 January 2021 that Zambia had failed to honour a US$56.1m coupon payment due on January 30 on one of Eurobonds which matures in…
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