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Chowdhury: Finnish torch-bearer

THE Finnish Ambassador to Zambia visiting the ‘bulking centre’, a farmers’ retail outlet in Solwezi, funded by the Finnish Government.

MWAPE MWENYA, Lusaka
ZAMBIA is among the main recipients of Finland’s development cooperation funding, so says Finnish Ambassador to Zambia Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury. After establishing diplomatic relations in1968, the two countries took a step further to engage in development cooperation through budgetary support and project aid to civil society organisations’ programmes. With €8.5 million funding to the Zambia Green Jobs Programme between 2014 and 2018, Finland helped Zambia create 4,000 jobs and also assisted to build the capacity of other small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) with business development services.
Ambassador Chowdhury shares that the Finland-Zambia friendship is now transitioning from focusing on development cooperation to concentrate on trade.
Ms Chowdhury shares more about the two countries’ bilateral relations in this interview:
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