NATIONAL INCEPTION MEETING ON “FOSTERING EQUITY ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE TRADING SYSTEM (FEATS) PROJECT, 20 TH OCTOBER, 2008, CRESTER GOLF VIEW, LUSAKA, ZAMBIA ROLE OF THE MINISTRY OF COMMERCE, TRADE AND INDUSTRY IN THE TRADE POLICY MAKING PROCESS Evaluation of the extent to which the ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives is consulted in the trade policy making process in Zambia
Regional and international trade organisations recognise Zambia’s sovereignty that MCTI is Custodian of Trade Policy in Zambia ……………
Government Gazette Notice No. 547 Vol. XL, No. 58 of 21st September, 2004 on Statutory Functions, Portfolios and Composition of Government signed by Dr. Joshua L Kanganja, Secretary to the Cabinet allocated the following functions to MCTI:
Zambia has been consulted on regional and international trade agendas, e.g. on content and implementation of COMESA and SADC trade protocols, WTO Trade Policy Reviews, ACP/EU Economic Partnership Agreements.
Consultation on trade policy changes.........domestic level
Changes to Trade policy is a responsibility of the MCTI. In recent times trade policy changes include:
Amendment of the Control of Goods Act to provide for Safeguard measures against imports which threaten or cause injury to domestic industry.
National Trade Policy is a preserve of the Government of the Republic of Zambia through the Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry. No other authority can initiate and conclude trade policy change outside the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries is a member of the NWGT. It regulates agricultural trade domestically and internationally.