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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for the formulation and administration of Zambia’s Foreign Policy. The Ministry is also responsible for the establishment and maintenance of Zambia’s International Relations. The Ministry also coordinates the signing of treaties (Agreements and Conventions), pledges and contributions to the United Nations Agencies and other International Organisations.

Membership of Zambia and contact with International and Regional Organisations is a responsibility vested in the Ministry. The Ministry coordinates Zambia’s Diplomatic and Consular Missions Abroad.

In order to cultivate a cadre of Career Diplomacy and efficient and effective implementation of Zambia’s Foreign Policy and to contribute diligently to Zambia’s sustainable development, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for Foreign Service Training.

In order to put into service this mammoth responsibility, the Ministry has six (6) Departments and thirty-two (32) missions abroad.

Two of these departments, namely the Zambia Anti-personnel Mines Action Centre and the Zambia Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies are Statutory Bodies.