1. Refugees Act (Act 1, 2017)

An Act to establish the office of the Commissioner for Refugees and provide for its functions; provide for the recognition, protection and control of refugees; provide for the rights and responsibilities of refugees; establish the Refugees Fund; domesticate the United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, 1951 and its Protocol of 1967, and the Organisation of African Unity Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugees Problems in Africa, 1969; repeal and replace the Refugees (Control) Act, 1970; and provide for matters connected with, or incidental to, the foregoing.

Date of Commencement:13th April, 2017.

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2. Agricultural Institute of Zambia Act (Act 2, 2017)

An Act to establish the Agricultural Institute of Zambia; provide for the registration of agricultural professionals and regulate their professional conduct in the interest of the agricultural sector; and provide for matters connected with, or incidental, to the foregoing.

Date of Commencement: On Notice.

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3. Compulsory Standards Act (Act 3, 2017)

An Act to provide for the establishment of the Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency and provide for its powers and functions; provide for the administration and maintenance of compulsory standards for the purpose of public safety and health, consumer protection and environmental protection; and provide for matters connected with, or incidental to, the foregoing.

Date of Commencement: 1st January, 2018.

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4. Standards Act (Act 4, 2017)

An Act to continue the existence of the Zambia Bureau of Standards and re-define its powers and functions; provide for standardisation and quality assurance of products and services through the setting of national standards and provision of conformity assessment services for products and services; repeal the Standards Act, 1994]; and provide for matters connected with, or incidental to, the foregoing.

Date of Commencement: 1st January, 2018.

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5. National Technical Regulation Act (Act 5, 2017)

An Act to provide for the principles of, and a framework for, technical regulation that are compliant with best practice and regional and international obligations to which Zambia is a party; establish the Department of Technical Regulation in the Ministry responsible for trade; provide for the development and implementation of technical regulation for public safety and health, consumer protection and environmental protection; provide technical guidance to regulatory agencies on the development, implementation, administration and review of technical regulations; domesticate the International and Regional Agreements on Technical Barriers to Trade in order to ensure that regulations, standards, testing and certification procedures do not create unnecessary obstacles to trade but implement legitimate policy objectives and measures; and provide for matters connected with, or incidental, to the foregoing.

Date of Commencement: 1st January, 2018.

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6. Metrology Act (Act 6, 2017)

An Act to continue the existence of the Zambia Weights and Measures Agency, rename it as the Zambia Metrology Agency and re-define its functions; establish the Board of the Agency and provide for its functions; provide for the designation, keeping and maintenance of national measurement standards; provide for the use of measurement units of the International System of Units and other units; provide for consumer protection, health, safety and environmental management through legal metrology measures; repeal the Weights and Measures Act, 1994; and provide for matters connected with, or incidental to, the foregoing.

Date of Commencement: 1st January, 2018.

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7. Banking and Financial Services Act (Act 7, 2017)

An Act to provide for a licensing system for the conduct of banking or financial business and provision of financial services; to provide for the incorporation of standards, principles and concepts of corporate governance in institutional systems and structures of banks and financial  institutions; to provide for sound business practices and consumer protection mechanisms; to provide for the regulation and supervision of banking and financial services; to repeal and replace the Banking and Financial Services Act, 1994; and to provide for matters connected with, or incidental to, the foregoing.

Date of Commencement: On Notice.

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8. Supplementary Appropriation (2017) Act (Act 8, 2017)

An Act to authorize supplementary expenditure from the general revenues of the Republic of monies required for the services of the Republic during the financial year ending 31st December, 2017, not exceeding in the aggregate two billion, eight hundred and seventy-three million, six hundred and fifty-nine thousand, one hundred and thirty-two kwacha.

Date of Commencement: 14th July, 2017.

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9. Corporate Insolvency Act (Act 9, 2017)

An Act to provide for corporate receiverships, appointment of receivers and the duties and responsibilities of receivers; business rescue, appointment, duties and responsibilities of business rescue administrators, rights of affected persons during business rescue proceedings of affected persons during business rescue proceedings compromise with creditors; winding up of companies, appointment of liquidators and the duties and responsibilities of liquidators, committees of inspection, special managers and the Official Receiver; insolvency practitioners and the duties and responsibilities of insolvency practitioners; cross-border insolvency; and matters connected with, or incidental to, the foregoing.

Date of Commencement: On Notice.

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10. Companies Act (Act 10, 2017)

An Act to promote the development of the economy by encouraging entrepreneurship, enterprise efficiency, flexibility and simplicity in the formation and maintenance of companies; provide for the incorporation, categorisation, management and administration of  different types of companies; provide the procedure for the approval of company names, change of name and conversion of companies; provide for shareholders’ rights and obligations, the conduct of meetings and the passing of resolutions by shareholders; to encourage transparency and high standards of corporate governance by providing for the functions and obligations of company secretaries and directors; provide for issue of shares, share capital requirements, procedures for alteration and reduction of share capital and disclosure requirements of companies; provide for the public issue of shares, the issue and registration of charges and debentures; incorporate financial reporting provisions, maintenance of accounting records, and access to financial information of companies; provide for amalgamations; provide for the registration of foreign companies doing business in Zambia; provide for the deregistration of companies; repeal and replace the Companies Act, 1994; and provide for matters connected with or incidental to the foregoing.

Date of Commencement: On Notice.

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11. Supplementary Appropriation (2017) Act (Act 21, 2017)

An Act to authorise supplementary expenditure from the general revenues of the Republic of monies required for the services of the Republic during the financial year ending 31st December 2017, not exceeding in the aggregate one billion, eight hundred and seventy-eight million, seven hundred and ninety thousand and twenty-six kwacha].

Date of Commencement: On Notice.

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12. Appropriation Act (Act 22, 2017)

An Act to authorise expenditure from the general revenues of the Republic of monies required for the services of the Republic during the financial year ending 31st December 2018, not exceeding in the aggregate seventy-one billion, six hundred and sixty-two million, six hundred and sixty-one thousand, four hundred and sixty-seven kwacha].

Date of Commencement: 22nd December, 2017.

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AMENDING LEGISLATIONS

1. Property Transfer Tax (Amendment) Act (Act 11, 2017)

An Act to amend the Property Transfer Tax Act.

Date of Commencement: 1st January, 2018.

Amends: ss 2(1).

Inserts: ss4(1A), 4(2)(d), 5(2A) to (2C), 11(4), 12B.

Substitutes: ss 5(2), 5(3).

See: Property Transfer Tax Act.

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2. Value Added Tax (Amendment) Act (Act 12, 2017)

An Act to amend the Value Added Tax Act.

Date of Commencement: 1st January, 2018.

Amends:ss 16(2A).

Inserts: ss 4(3) and (4), 16(2B), 37(7) to 37(9).

See: Value Added Tax Act.

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3. Skills Development Levy (Amendment) Act (Act 13, 2017)

An Act to amend the Skills Development Levy Act.

Date of Commencement: 27th December, 2016.

Amends: s 6(1)(c).

See: Skills Development Levy Act.

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4. Customs and Excise (Amendment) Act (Act 14, 2017)

An Act to amend the Customs and Excise Act.

Date of Commencement: 1st January, 2018.

Amends: s 2, First Schedule, Second Schedule, Fourth Schedule.

Inserts:ss76A, 85(5), 188(5A) and (5B), Third Schedule.

Substitutes:ss 72, 85(3), 188(5).

Repeals: s 3(4).

See: Customs and Excise Act.

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5.Insurance Premium Levy (Amendment) Act (Act 15, 2017)

An Act to amend the Insurance Premium Levy Act.

Date of Commencement: 1st January, 2018.

Amends: s 4(1).

See: Insurance Premium Levy Act.

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6. Income Tax (Amendment) Act (Act 16, 2017)

An Act to amend the Income Tax Act.

Date of Commencement: 1st January, 2018.

Amends: ss 2(1), 45B(1), 81(1), Fifth Schedule, Ninth Schedule, Charging Schedule.

Inserts: ss46A(3)(a)(iii), 81(1A), 82A(2A).

Substitutes: ss4(3)(b), 7(3), 37, 54, 64, 82A(2).

Repeals: s 92A.

See: Income Tax Act.

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7. Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (Amendment) Act (Act 17, 2017)

An Act to amend the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation Act.

Date of Commencement: 1st January, 2018.

Amends: s 2.

Repeals: Part IV.

See: Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation Act.

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8. Independent Broadcasting (Amendment) Act (Act 18, 2017)

An Act to amend the Independent Broadcasting Act.

Date of Commencement: 1st January, 2018.

Amends: ss 2, Part IV heading, 39(1)(b).

Inserts: ss5(2)(k), 22A.

See: Independent Broadcasting Act.

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9. Industrial and Labour Relations (Amendment) Act (Act 19, 2017)

An Act to amend the Industrial and Labour Relations Act.

Date of Commencement: 1st January, 2018.

Amends: ss 14(1), 15(1), 36(1), 48(2), 49(1), 65(3), 70(1), 73(1).

See: Industrial and Labour Relations Act.

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10. Employment (Amendment) Act (Act 20, 2017)

An Act to amend the Employment Act.

Date of Commencement: 1st January, 2018.

Inserts: s 25(3).

See: Employment Act.

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