Come home, invest – envoy

ZAMBIA’s Ambassador to the United States Palan Mulonda has urged those living in America to be united and work towards investing back home.
Mr Mulonda was speaking at the Zambian embassy in Washington DC during a meeting with members of the Society of Zambians in America (SOZA).
He urged Zambians in the diaspora to partner with Americans to raise capital for investing back home.
The meeting was the first since the formation of SOZA. Ambassador Mulonda commended the Zambians in the US for setting up an umbrella body that represents all state associations in the US, according to a statement released by first secretary at the Zambian embassy in Washington Patricia Littiya.
SOZA president Mwangala Jonas said Zambians in the US are keen to work with the embassy in ensuring that national interests are represented at all levels.
Ms Jonas said Zambians in the US are preparing a document to present to government on dual citizenship, adding that most Zambians in the diaspora where contributing to Zambia’s economy through transfers of money and other economic activities.
She called for increased consular and immigration clinics to cover the US as it was a vast country. She pledged the associations’ commitment to disseminating information from the Zambian Embassy to the dias-pora.
And SOZA secretary general Francis Malama outlined the vision of SOZA for the diaspora.
Mr Malama noted that SOZA draws its members from associations from the various states, business representatives and individuals throughout the US.

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