Category: Weekly Column

Mapping Zambia’s progress towards domesticating the WHO framework Convention on Tobacco Control -Part 2

Even though tobacco has continued to kill approximately 7 million people annually, the tobacco industry still exerts a relentless push to sell close to 6 trillion cigarettes per year. To achieve this, the industry engages in several activities and strategies ranging from initiating new users and promoting cultivation to developing tactics to interfere with tobacco…
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MAPPING ZAMBIA’S PROGRESS TOWARDS DOMESTICATING THE WHO FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON TOBACCO CONTROL (FCTC) – PART 1

“The increasing tobacco consumption remains the leading cause of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) in Zambia. Tobacconomics reports that while countries around the world are seeing a decrease in smoking, Zambia is one of the outliers where smoking prevalence continues to increase. DOWNLOAD FULL ARTICLE HERE

REFLECTIONS ON SOCIAL SECURITY AND PENSION REFORMS IN ZAMBIA

THIS WEEK’S Monday Opinion reflects on social protection with a special focus on social security contributory schemes. DOWNLOAD FULL ARTICLE HERE

The Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Act: Why the Need for Change So Soon?

In last week’s Monday Opinion, we looked at a newly enacted law – the Children’s Code Act, which we stated that if well implemented, has the potential to address a wide range of issues affecting children. In this week’s opinion, still in the spirit of law development and reform, we will look at a rather…
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THE CHILDREN’S CODE ACT: High-Way to Progressivity?

This week’s Monday Opinion examines the Children’s Code Act, No.12 of 2022, a recently enacted piece of law. For the first time in the country’s history, there is a comprehensive piece of law governing children (persons below the age of 18), thanks to this statute. Briefly stated, Zambia has been a signatory to both the…
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ASSESSMENT OF THE BANK OF ZAMBIA ZMW10 BILLION COVID-19 STIMULUS PACKAGE (PART 2)

IN LAST week’s opinion piece, I introduced the Bank of Zambia (BOZ) Targeted Medium Term Refinancing Facility (TMTRF) which was instituted to provide funds to targeted sectors which include Agriculture, Manufacturing, Energy, and Tourism. Last week, I highlighted the overarching finding from a study that was conducted by the Centre for Trade Policy and Development…
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ASSESSMENT OF THE BANK OF ZAMBIA ZMW10 BILLION COVID-19 STIMULUS PACKAGE (PART 1)

In the first quarter of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic gravitated to many countries in the globe and sent several economies into sporadic lockdowns. For Zambia, the pandemic exacerbated existing economic vulnerabilities and drove the economy into a recession. The Bank of Zambia (BOZ), like other arms of Government, instituted complimentary measures to safeguard financial system…
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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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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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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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