Statement by Mr. Fredson K. Yamba, Secretary to the Treasury on unsolicited offers to buy Zambia's external debt

In the last few days there have been reports in some sections of the media that the Zambian Government has received unsolicited offers from foreign
investment agents popularly known as 'Vulture Funds' to buy off the country's external debt. The media reports have made specific reference to
the already contracted debt particularly the Eurobonds.

Government would like to categorically state that it has no plans for any sale of its debt to any investor. The Government is fully committed to the

Press Conference by Speaker

The President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, (IPU) 
The Secretary-General of the IPU, 
Ladies and gentlemen, 
It is my pleasure and indeed honour for my country, Zambia, to host the IPU family for the next few days.

The hosting of the 134th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly and related meetings constitutes an important milestone in the rich history of the African continent.  We expect it to leave an indelible mark on our memories, and to be part of our generational legacy.

Young MPs set sights on ending corruption and enhancing transparency

Lusaka/Geneva, 18 March 2016

More than 130 young Members of Parliament (MPs) from across the world committed to enhancing transparency and oversight of public finances as a
cornerstone of their fight against corruption at the conclusion of a global conference in the Zambian capital, Lusaka.

134th Official Opening Speech by Hon. Speaker

Speeck by Hon. Justice Dr. Patrick Matibini, SC, MP, Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia During the Official Opening Ceremony of the 134th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), on 19th March, 2016 at Government Complex, Lusaka

Commonwealth Day Message from Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma

 As Commonwealth Secretary-General it has been my privilege in the past  eight years to visit every one of our 53 member states. I have seen
 the attraction of the Commonwealth connection: the exceptional regard  that it enjoys, and the sense of kinship and affinity that informs it.
 There is a bond within the Commonwealth that sets us apart.
 Partnership based on shared Commonwealth values and principles,  especially mutual respect, is treasured. The Commonwealth sets a high

Global parliamentary conference seeks ways to rejuvenate democracy

 Members of Parliament (MPs) from across the world will seek to address  the critical question of how to rejuvenate democracy at a time of
 falling public confidence in the institutions of democracy when they  meet at a global conference in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, later this week.
 Low levels of trust and disenchantment, particularly among young  people, are in contrast to a growing aspiration among people globally
 to be governed democratically.

2015 Report on women in parliament

An increase in the number of women Speakers of Parliament during 2015 and some regional successes were among the few highlights in what proved to be yet another disappointing year for women's participation in parliament, says the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

IPU's Women in Parliament 2015: the Year in Review released ahead of International Women's Day on 8 March, showed that for the second year in a row, the number of women Members of Parliament (MPs) across the world rose by a worryingly low 0.5 percentage point. Women now account for 22.6 percent of the world's MPs.

CPA Roadshows launched to increase young people's awareness of parliament and democracy in the Commonwealth

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has launched an exciting initiative today that will visit schools and universities across the
Commonwealth to help to increase young people's awareness of parliament and democracy. The new CPA Roadshows aim to strengthen Commonwealth
Parliamentarians engagement with young people.

IPU to seek ways to rejuvenate democracy

IPU Members attending the 134th Assembly in Zambia (19-23 March) will address the critical question of how to rejuvenate democracy and give voice to youth. The Assembly will seek ways to reverse waning youth interest in formal politics - a critical step towards safeguarding and strengthening democracy in all cultures.  It will also be an opportunity to explore innovative ideas that enhance and modernize democratic culture, institutions and practice.

IPU Cambodia mission urges dialogue to resolve MPs' cases

A delegation from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has visited Cambodia to investigate allegations of human rights violations against 12 opposition


The mission, from IPU's Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians, met most of the 12, who have made a number of serious allegations including
physical assault, threats, intimidation, violation of their freedom of expression and assembly, and the lack of fair trial guarantees and
independence of the judiciary in repeated legal procedures against them.