INFORMATION and Broadcasting Services minister, Mwansa Kapeya says Zambia has opened up space for democratic discourse in the last two years the Patriotic Front (PF) Government has been in power.
Mr Kapeya said Government was enhancing access to information for all and improving infrastructure in urban and rural areas.
The Minister said this yesterday when he addressed the Open Government Partnership (OPG) Summit 2013 taking place at Queen Elizabeth (II) Conference Centre in London.
"I have launched the revival of local language newspapers after many years of absence of this vital tool of information dissemination. Government is setting up television studios in each of the 10 provinces of the country to increase public access to information so that they make informed decisions on national matters," he said.
This is contained in a statement released by the Press Secretary at Zambia's High Commission in London, Amos Chanda.
Mr Kapeya said with regard to the Access to Information (ATI) Bill, Government had hired a consulting law firm to harmonise the law with other pieces of legislation.
"We have given them 30 days to look at this and once this is done, the Bill will be taken to Parliament for enactment," he said.
Mr Kapeya assured the summit of more than 1,000 delegates that the Zambian Government was committed to entrenching openness in the governance of the country so that people are always given a chance to make informed choices.
He said the operationalisation of the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) this year to regulate the broadcasting industry was one of the major steps the Government had taken to accelerate media development.
Mr Kapeya said the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC) were some of the critical institutions helping to promote an open Government by providing the necessary oversight functions.
British Prime Minister David Cameron delivered the keynote address to the summit.
Mr Cameron said the Open Government Partnership was helping drive a transparency revolution around the world and that Britain had been at the heart of it since its foundation.
He said as the Millennium Development Goals come to be replaced, open Governments should be at the heart of efforts to eradicate extreme poverty.