FIVE members of the German Parliament (“Bundestag”) delegation is in Zambia for a four-day visit.
The members of the German Parliament include Mrs. Dagmar Woehrl, Mr. Heinz-Joachim Barchmann, Mr. Peter Meiwald, Mr. Sascha Raabe and Mr. Peter Stein is members of the Parliamentary Committee for Development Cooperation.
According to a statement released by the German Embassy in Zambia, the four German Parliamentarians are key in the endorsement of bilateral cooperation programmes between Germany and Zambia.
The statement said total volume of the German programmes in Zambia programmes added up to K1.6 billion for the period 2014 – 2016.
It said that the main purpose of the visit was to get a first-hand impression of the focal areas of German-Zambian Cooperation in the fields of water and sanitation, good governance (decentralization, public financial management, and support to CSOs), energy, agriculture and wildlife management.
The statement said the MPs would like to affirm the excellent and trustful relations between Germany and Zambia fspanning for more than 50 years since independence.
The delegation would have meetings with high-ranking representatives of the Zambian Government, including Republican Vice President Inonge Wina, Minister for Local Government and Housing, Dr. John Phiri, Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development, Dr. Christopher Yaluma and Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Given Lubinda.
It said the Speaker of the National Assembly, Patrick Matibini will also receive the delegation.
In their discussions, the MPs will focus on ways and means to further support to Zambia in its endeavor to fight poverty, to foster inclusive growth and development, to combat corruption and to diversify the economy.
They will also touch on important issue of regional integration and the creation of an enabling environment for the private sector, especially in the field of renewable energy.
The visit will be complemented by a meeting with representatives from civil society to discuss current issues of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Zambia. In addition the delegation will do a walking tour through Garden Compound to get in touch with the community and discuss challenges and opportunities of their daily life.
The statement stated that the German Parliamentarians would have discussions with various stakeholders in the agricultural sector such as the ZNFU as well as NGOs, research institutions, private companies and other cooperating partners) as well as a field trip to South Luangwa National Park and the surrounding Game Management Areas to learn about the current poaching crisis.