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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is one of the twenty-two (22) Ministries of the Republic Of Zambia. It was established in 1964.

To effectively promote and protect zambia’s interests and maintain good international relations in order to contribute to sustainable development

To safeguard zambia’s interests and promote proactive diplomacy in order to contribute to national prosperity

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.

As one of the functions of the Ministry’s Protocol Department, the Ministry is charged with the responsibility taking care of Zambian Nationals living abroad. This among other things involves repatriation of destitute Zambian nationals from foreign countries. The Ministry through missions abroad is encourages Zambian in foreign countries to form Associations of Zambians Living Abroad.

The Ministry makes sure that members of the Diplomatic Corps in Zambia enjoy their immunities and privileges in order to realize their mandates and enjoy a smooth tour of duty in Zambia.


The Department of Human Resources and Administration is tasked with the overall objective of providing administrative and logistical support to ensure effective and efficient delivery of services to the Ministry. The Ministry’s core functions are enhanced through the timely provision of requisite goods and services such as transport, stationery, communication services, creating a healthy work environment and other utilities.
The Department is also responsible for Human resource management, development and general staff welfare at the Ministry Headquarters and in Zambian Missions Abroad.

The Department is also responsible for liaison between Government and quasi government institutions.
The Department through the Public Relations Unit facilitates interaction with the general public to communicate events and functions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Through the Communications unit, the Department is responsible for the maintenance of effective and efficient communication between the Ministry headquarters and missions abroad.


The main functions of the Department of Political Affairs is to monitor political events and situations around the world, analyse and compile reports on them in order to advise Government appropriately in expounding Zambia’s Foreign policy.

The Department performs the following functions:

Coordinate and facilitate the process of implementing Zambia’s foreign policy;
Advise Government on positions to take regarding specific political events on the global scene;
Coordinate and monitor operations of all Zambian Diplomatic missions abroad and the country’s representative offices in International Organisations to ensure their adherence to Government’s foreign policy principles;
Advise Government on its daily contact with the International Community;
Liaise with foreign missions and International Organisations and countries accredited to Zambia on political developments in Zambia;
Analyse specific political reports from Zambian missions abroad and make recommendations on the position Government should take; and
Develop and implement cultural agreements with foreign governments and coordinate production of cultural programmes to promote social development through workshops, seminars and participation in international cultural festivals.

In order to effectively and efficiently perform the functions defined above, the Department comprises four sections, which perform the following basic functions:

Monitor and compile reports on political events and development in specific regions of the world to which they are assigned.
Facilitate contacts between Zambia and the specific regions to which they are assigned in respect of political cultural cooperation.
Coordinate and liaise with line ministries on issues pertaining to specific regions to which they are assigned.

The Department is headed by a Director, and comprises the following sections:-

America and the Caribbean;
Africa, AU and Middle East;
An Assistant Director heads each of the sections and is assisted by First and Second Secretaries.

As a result of the prolonged situation of the political instabilities, wars and genocide in which the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Sudan and other countries in the Great Lakes region were involved, the United Nations and the African Union coordinated efforts to initiate peace process towards the redemption of the Great Lakes Region. In order to be effective, the area had to be expanded to cover countries that had hitherto been affected.
Members of the Great Lakes are Zambia, Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania.
Zambia, together with these countries have since 2003 fostered peace and security to the war-torn sub-region through programmes in peace-building and development thematic areas of peace and security, democracy and good governance, economic development and regional integration, and humanitarian and other social issues.
Recently, Zambia was honoured by the request to host the Regional Centre for the Promotion of Democracy, Good Governance, Human Rights and Civic Education as part of the Great Lakes Region peace process.
Zambia was included in the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region because the country shares Lake Tanganyika and Lake Mweru with Tanzania and the DRC respectively and more importantly because Zambia has persistently and effectively played the role of peacemaker and peace-broker in the African sub-region and the world at large.

The Department of Development Cooperation and International Organizations is responsible for the monitoring and implementation of Zambia’s Foreign policy in bilateral and multilateral relations in order to enhance Zambia’s effective participation and contribution in the global community.

The Department is divided into two units, namely Development Cooperation (DC) and International Organizations (IO).
The Development Cooperation Unit is responsible for the coordination, planning and implementation of bilateral and multilateral cooperation agreements and arrangement between Zambia and other countries as well as the international community in general. These include coordination and facilitation of participation of various sectors in Joint Permanent Commissions of Cooperation. The Unit also analyses economic policies of cooperating partners and advises Government accordingly on appropriate strategies in order for Zambia to access development assistance from such countries and bodies.

The International Organizations unit is responsible for coordinating timely analysis and monitoring of trends and activities in international organizations in order to facilitate informed national policy decisions as well as to enhance Zambia’s participation and membership to these institutions for the benefit of the country. This involves liaison with relevant Government ministries and departments to develop and consolidate national positions on important global issues.

The main functions of the Department are as follows:

Monitoring and analyzing global events in order to provide timely advice to Government on matters of interest to the country
Coordinate Zambia’s preparations and participation at international meetings and conferences, including summits.
Coordinate and facilitate bilateral cooperation with other countries, including Joint Permanent Commissions of Cooperation (JPCs).
Coordinate and organize the preparation of ratification instruments and the domestication of a number of international and regional conventions to which Zambia is party.
To initiate and implement national policy on all questions of disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons to enhance Zambia’s contribution to international peace and security.
To promote and consolidate human rights, democracy and good governance at the international level.
Campaigning for the employment of Zambian candidates in international organizations.
Coordinating the timely release of Zambia’s contributions and other obligations to international organizations.
Coordinating and developing Zambia’s policy on refugees, internally displaced persons and indigenous persons.

In addition, the National SADC Desk which is housed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs falls under the Department of Development Cooperation and International Organisations. The SADC Desk is responsible for coordinating SADC activities at the national level in Zambia.

Further, New Partnership for Africa’s Department (NEPAD) which is coordinated at the National level through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs falls under the Department of Development Cooperation and International Organizations. The interim NEPAD Secretariat is responsible for coordinating all NEPAD activities at the national level.


Functions of this department relate to the provision of services, immunities and privileges to the Diplomatic Corps and International Organisations accredited to the Republic of Zambia. In this respect, the Department facilitates the work of the Diplomatic Corps as well as the interaction between the Government of the Republic of Zambia and accredited states and international organisations.

The Department is also responsible for the co-ordination and monitoring of the affairs relating to the welfare of Zambian nationals in foreign countries. The Department is further responsible for the welfare of Zambian nationals working in Foreign Missions and International Organisations accredited to the Republic of Zambia.

The Protocol Department further plays an active role in organising Zambia’s State Functions. The Ministry through this department also extends courtesies to VIPs visiting the country and those wishing to use the VIP lounges at Zambia’s International Airports.


The Zambia Anti-Personnel Mine Action Centre (ZMAC) was established under an Act of Parliament No. 13 of 2003 as required in the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty or the Ottawa Convention of 1997.
The Ottawa Convention prohibits the use, stockpile, production and transfer of the Anti-personnel Mines as well as their destruction. Zambia ratified the treaty in 2001.

Responsibilities of ZMAC include Mine Clearance, Mine Risk Education, Victim Assistance, Advocacy and Stockpile Destruction. Zambia’s deadline for meeting the Convention obligations is 1st August 2011.
Operations of the centre are conducted in collaboration with the Zambia Army, Zambia Police Service, other government ministries and many stakeholders.
ZMAC has been conducting a nationwide detailed survey to ascertain the actual areas of contamination and extent of the problem. Some contaminated areas are in the North-Western, Western, Southern, Eastern, Lusaka and Luapula Provinces.
Mine action is both a humanitarian and developmental issue in Zambia. The clearance of landmines will enable Government to embark on development projects in contaminated areas in sectors such as Tourism, Agriculture, and Mining.


The Zambia Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies was established by an Act of Parliament in 1995. It is a stand alone department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Its principal role is to provide training in Diplomacy and International Relations. This is in the effort to establish and maintain a Career Diplomatic Service in order to enhance professionalism in service delivery both at Ministry headquarters and Zambian Diplomatic Missions abroad.
The Institute offers courses ranging from Certificate levels to the postgraduate Diploma in Diplomacy and International relations.
You are welcome to enrol for courses at the Zambia Institute of
Diplomacy and International Relations situated at the New Government Complex in Kamwala, Lusaka.