The 12th Cabinet Meeting, convened by President Hakainde Hichilema, took place at State House, with a primary focus on developmental policy and legislative matters aimed at enhancing the living standards of Zambia’s citizens. The meeting culminated in a series of important decisions that are set to propel the country’s growth and development.
Cabinet members approved the revised Information and Communication Technology Policy along with its Implementation Plan. This revision was essential due to the rapid advancements in technology, such as artificial intelligence, big data, machine learning, and robotics, as well as the changing business models adopted by ICT service providers. The updated policy is expected to accelerate the development of Zambia’s digital economy and contribute to overall economic growth.
In adherence to Section 5(1) of the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education Act, Chapter 49 of the Laws of Zambia, Cabinet gave the green light for the appointment of the ZIALE Council. The Council’s role is to oversee the management and operations of ZIALE, ensuring enhanced performance and efficient functioning of the Institute.
Cabinet urged citizens to uphold the rule of law and refrain from engaging in lawlessness. The government emphasized that maintaining law and order is crucial for fostering a conducive environment for businesses, trade, and investment, which in turn leads to increased wealth and job creation.
Cabinet approved the publication and introduction of “The Public Procurement (Amendment) Bill, 2023” in Parliament. The main objectives of the bill are to revise the period for conducting procurement processes, restrict subcontracting to procurement of works, and extend subcontracting opportunities to local bidders.
“The Public-Private Partnership Bill, 2023” also received Cabinet approval for publication and introduction in Parliament. The bill aims to manage and implement public-private partnerships in Zambia effectively. It seeks to promote and facilitate the private sector’s participation in infrastructure development and service delivery through public-private partnerships. The legislation also aims to strengthen the institutional framework for implementing such projects and establish the Public-Private Partnership Project Development Support Fund.
Cabinet granted approval in principle for the introduction of the Access to Information Bill in Parliament. The proposed law will facilitate public access to information from both public and relevant private bodies, fostering a culture of transparency among public officers and curbing corruption. Furthermore, it aims to prevent the spread of misinformation and falsehoods and reduce criticisms against the Government arising from a lack of information.
The decisions made during the 12th Cabinet Meeting reflect the Government’s commitment to driving growth, development, and accountability in Zambia. These policy and legislative measures are expected to play a pivotal role in elevating the nation’s socio-economic landscape, ultimately benefiting its citizens.