Cabinet has approved the hosting of the Africa Youth Under 20 championship to be held in 2017.
Briefing the press on the resolutions made by made during the 20th Cabinet meeting at State House, Youth and Sports Minister Vincent Mwale said the hosting of the Africa Youth U 20 championship will help promote the development of sports in the country.
Mr Mwale who is also acting Chief Government spokesperson said the hosting of the sports event is a major milestone for the nation as it is a prerequisite for the country to host the prestigious Africa cup or the World cup in future.
He explained to the media that the Africa Youth championship is a biannual international youth football competition organised by the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) Nations and competed by youths under the age of twenty.
Another item that Cabinet approved during its session was the recognition of June 13 as the International Albinism Awareness day.
Mr Mwale said the commemoration of the International Albinism Awareness day will help promote and protect the rights of people living with albinism in the country.
He stressed that the approval by Cabinet to observe June 13 as the International Albinism Awareness day gives credence to Zambia’s efforts aimed at preserving the lives of persons with albinism and granting them security.
The Acting Chief government spokesperson said the recognition of June 13 as the International Albinism Awareness day as come at better time when the country is still concerned at the brutal murder of an albino woman in Lundazi in June this year which is suspected to be a ritual killing.
The recognition of June 13 as the International Albinism Awareness day is in line with the United Nations Human Rights Council resolutions 23/13 on attacks and discrimination of persons with albinism.
Meanwhile Cabinet approved the National Anti- money laundering, and Countering the financing of Terrorism National Strategy 2015-2017.
The strategy provides a clear road map of how the National Anti-Money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism system will develop and deliver effective outcomes.
Mr Mwale said the approval of the National Anti- money laundering and countering the financing of Terrorism National Strategy 2015-2017 is in line with the global trends and techniques formulated in dealing with the vice.
The Acting Chief government spokesperson said the approval of the National Anti- money laundering and countering the financing of Terrorism National Strategy 2015-2017 is a clear demonstration of government’s commitment to fighting money laundering and terrorism.
Other substantive items Cabinet approved on yesterday’s agenda, was the signing of the memorandum of understanding between the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) of Zambia and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the United States of America.
Mr Mwale pointed out that the memorandum of understanding signed between the two institutions will enhance International cooperation in the combating of illicit drugs and controlling of chemical precursor substance that are harmful to people across the boundaries.