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Embassy seeks to raise economic diplomacy

MUKWITA

NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
THE Zambian Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, has organised an inter-active business event aimed at raising awareness around the cardinal issue of efficient waste management.
Swedish Ambassador to Italy Edith Mutale said the event aims at boosting economic diplomacy between the two countries. This according to a statement issued by deputy ambassador Anthony Mukwita.
“The Zambian embassy organised this event in order to provide links between Zambian local authorities and private businesses, and Swedish experts both from the private and public sector, on how Zambia can turn its fortunes around with what is normally seen as garbage or waste into a profitable commodity,” Rev Mutale said.
Ambassador Mutale also disclosed that Minister of Local Government and Housing John Phiri will lead a delegation of senior technocrats and private business promoters to the Stockholm event, which is scheduled for the first week of September.
Rev Mutale said Zambia, like several developing countries, generates huge amounts of waste that is not recycled, a venture that could not only enhance cleanliness but earn huge profits.
“The event has attracted three Swedish institutions that are experts in waste management and another in water purification,” she said.
Rev Mutale said the mission wants to explore as many avenues as possible to make beneficial linkages between Sweden and Zambia as part of its main objectives apart from the usual political diplomatic representation.
Rev Mutale said Zambia has for a while had a concern on how to deal with waste management, and the forthcoming event scheduled for the first week of September is likely to provide profitable solutions for Zambia.

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