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Zambia’s Ambassador to the US His Excellency Mr. Palan Mulonda welcomes the Vice-President Her Honour Mrs Inonge Wina (centre) and Zambia’s Ambassador to the UN Her Excellency Dr Mwaba Kasese-Bota (right) at New York Palace Hotel in New York on Sunday, March 8, 2015. The Vice-President is leading the Zambian delegation to the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. PHOTO | CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA | ZAMBIA UN MISSION

Invest back home, Wina urges Zambians in diaspora

CATHERINE MUMBA, Lusaka
VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina has urged Zambians in the diaspora to invest back home and to contribute to national development.
Speaking when she addressed Zambians based in the United States (US) on the sidelines of the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) at Zambia’s United Nations (UN) mission in New York on Tuesday, Mrs Wina urged Zambians in the diaspora to conduct themselves in an exemplary manner to maintain the good image of the country in the international community.
This is contained in a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday by first secretary for press and public relations Chibaula Silwamba.
“The ‘One Zambia One Nation’ motto is an important rallying slogan that has enabled us to remain an admirable nation in the world.
“We must continue co-existing and working together, irrespective of where we live, to advance the development agenda of our great country. I urge you to live and promote unity among yourselves and people of other nationalities,” Mrs Wina said.
She also assured Zambians in other countries that President Lungu is passionate and geared to reduce poverty and to foster development for the benefit of the current and the future generations.
“Join hands with your Government for us to realise this dream of a prosperous Zambia together,” Mrs Wina said.
The vice-president also said the Patriotic Front (PF) administration will continue to open up the country to more investment opportunities by attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
Mrs Wina also said citizens in the diaspora are Zambia’s ambassadors and urged them to assist Government in persuading investors and tourists to come to Zambia.
She also urged Zambians in the diaspora to invest back home to promote socio-economic development.
“Zambia has many investment opportunities including in agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, real estate and many other sectors. These sectors offer many opportunities in which you can invest and yield considerable profits and create jobs for our compatriots,” Mrs Wina said.
And responding to a question, Mrs Wina assured Zambians in the diaspora that she would deliver their request to Cabinet for consideration for them to be voting during elections.