CATHERINE MUMBA, Lusaka
A SIXTEEN-MEMBER delegation of German tourists is visiting the country on a 13-day tour aimed at deepening their understanding of the Zambian people.
The delegation is composed of various professional representatives of the German society and will be visiting people’s residential areas, work places, trading places and getting a feel of the ordinary everyday life in Zambia.
The German delegation is led by Dr Kenneth Nyirenda, a Zambian consultant based in Germany along with his counterpart Gertrude Ehrler.
Speaking before departure for Zambia yesterday, Dr Nyirenda said such tourist activities shall be taking place twice every year.
He said some of the members of the delegation represent organisations involved in charity work elsewhere in Africa.
This is according to a statement issued by first secretary for press at the Zambian mission in Germany Kellys Kaunda.
“We hope to identify some projects to support like we have done elsewhere on the African continent,” Dr Nyirenda said.
He said the 13-day tour is dubbed ‘Meeting Zambians from all walks of life at the foot-steps of Dr David Livingstone’.
Dr Nyirenda said the theme is intended to highlight the Christian values Zambia has embraced which the Scottish missionary espoused when he visited the country in the 19th century.
He said Christian values are based on uplifting the well-being of human beings, hence the choice of their people-centred and participatory tourism.
And the Zambian embassy has called on Zambians based in Germany to use their knowledge of the country and expertise to complement Government’s efforts in developing their motherland.
The embassy has embarked on initiatives and efforts intended to improve the flow of German tourists into Zambia.