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Monday, March 11, 2019 - 8:30am

 

LUSAKA — The President of the Republic of Zambia, His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu, and other dignitaries joined U.S. Ambassador Daniel L. Foote for the official commissioning of the Bangweulu Solar Project located in the Lusaka South Multi-Facility Economic Zone.  

Representing Zambia’s first utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) farm, the Bangweulu project was developed by Neoen and First Solar, a French-American Independent Power Producer consortium, under the management of Zambia’s Industrial Development Corporation and in partnership with the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) Scaling Utility-Scale Solar Program (known as “Scaling Solar”).

The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Power Africa initiative catalyzed the Bangweulu project, the first of multiple planned “Scaling Solar” alternative-power projects, through a $2 million grant from USAID/Zambia.  The grant helped to lower project risk for bidders, contributed to the concessionary (i.e., more favorable) financing structure, and helped to generate over $100 million in private-sector investment in Zambia’s power sector.

COMACO staff train rural community leaders in the use of deforestation monitoring software available on computers recently donated by the U.S. government.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 2:00pm

The United States Embassy recently donated personal computers to help the non-governmental organization, Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO), train traditional leaders in Eastern Province in the use of satellite-mapping software to enable them to improve monitoring and protection of the forests and wildlife within their chiefdoms.

Zambia Minister of Tourism Charles Banda (center left) and U.S. Ambassador Daniel L. Foote (center right) join wildlife police, community leaders, and USAID program partners at unveiling of the refurbished Mukamba Gate Complex.
Monday, December 17, 2018 - 4:00pm

On December 17, the U.S. government, in partnership with the Zambian government’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife, officially launched the refurbished Mukamba Gate Complex at the northern entrance to Lower Zambezi National Park.  The complex benefitted from support of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Community Forests Program. The launch event also included the graduation of 22 Community Scouts, who in collaboration with the local Community Resource Boards, will serve as frontline advocates for forest and wildlife conservation.

Feed the Future’s Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (Africa RISING) partners gather for a group photo following the activity’s culmination meeting in September 2018.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 9:00am

With support from USAID’s Feed the Future Initiative, small-scale farmers in Zambia are now leveraging new techniques to boost harvests of maize, sweet potatoes, and groundnuts.  This is the result of knowledge gained from a partnership between the Zambia Agricultural Research Institute (ZARI), international agricultural researchers, and the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Africa RISING activity.  Formerly known as Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation, Africa RISING is a product of the U.S. government’s Feed the Future Initiative and Global Food Security Strategy.

A USAID partnership with the World Food Programme will provide over 800 tons of food support to displaced persons in Zambia’s Luapula Province.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 3:15am

Luapula, Zambia – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Food for Peace Office (FFP), in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP), has committed over $600,000 to support refugee food needs in Zambia’s Luapula Province. With funding provided by the American people, WFP Zambia will procure 800 metric tons of food, enough to feed roughly 15,000 refugees for three months. Most of the donation will consist of locally-purchased cereals, beans, and peas. The procurement will come from smallholder farmers and local aggregators to help benefit local wholesalers and stimulate the economy, while also being cost-effective for reaching nearby refugee settlements.

U.S. Ambassador Daniel L. Foote (lc) and Zambia's Minister of Health Dr. Chitalu Chilifya (cr) on a tour during the handover of the new TB Ward.
Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 3:15am

Lusaka – Zambia’s Minister of Health, the Honorable Dr. Chitalu Chilufya, officially received the newly renovated Tuberculosis Ward from the United States Ambassador to Zambia, Mr. Daniel L. Foote, during a formal handover ceremony at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH).

 

Photo of participants at June 2018 African Structured Trade Seminar
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 11:00am

U.S. based company, INTL FCStone hosted a landmark seminar that addressed challenges with regional commodities trading and outlined a viable roadmap to strengthen Africa’s ability to trade and drive economic growth.  The seminar, which took place in Livingstone, Zambia, was made possible through a Public Private Partnership with INTL FCStone and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

US Ambassador at Trade Seminar
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 9:30am

U.S. based company, INTL FCStone hosted a landmark seminar that addressed challenges with regional commodities trading and outlined a viable roadmap to strengthen Africa’s ability to trade and drive economic growth.  The seminar was made possible through a Public Private Partnership with INTL FCStone and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Photo of launch of AGOA Utilization Strategy in Zambia
Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 2:00pm

With support from the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub, the Government of the Republic of Zambia’s Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Honorable Christopher Yaluma, today officially launched a strategy to ensure Zambian businesses are better positioned to take advantage of the United States’ African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). With the potential to increase trade between Zambia and the United States, AGOA offers duty-free access to the U.S. market from Africa for over 6,500 products and was designed to boost trade and economic growth across the continent.

AGOA in Zambia with US Ambassador
Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 10:00am

With support from the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub, the Government of the Republic of Zambia’s Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Honorable Christopher Yaluma, today officially launched a strategy to ensure Zambian businesses are better positioned to take advantage of the United States’ African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). With the potential to increase trade between Zambia and the United States, AGOA offers duty-free access to the U.S. market from Africa for over 6,500 products and was designed to boost trade and economic growth across the continent.

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Last updated: June 11, 2019

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