BRIAN MALAMA, Lusaka
ECONOMIC diplomatic ties between Zambia and Sweden seem to rise a notch up on the news of a signing of a major trade agreement with the Ministry of
Finance while another crucial meeting for a separate deal has been set with the Ministry of Transport and Communication.
Charge d’ affaires at the Zambian embassy in Sweden Anthony Mukwita said the signing, scheduled for Lusaka this week, opens yet another huge positive chapter in the more than 50-year-old smooth relations of the two countries that date back to independence.
“The details of the package will be disclosed by Minister of Finance honourable Felix Mutati, permanent secretary Chikuba Mukuli and of course the honourable Minister of Transport and Communication Brian Mushimba,” Mr Mukwita said.
“All I can say is that as a mission in Stockholm, the task to boost economic diplomacy is on track. What this engagement does is that it sends a clear signal to the business world that Zambia is open for transparent business with countries that have stellar best business practices like Sweden,” he said.
Mr Mukwita said the fact that Sweden is the third least corrupt country in the world and is willing to do business with Zambia, debunks the protagonist myth that the country has recorded some bad marks in the recent past.
The two high-level meetings will take place in Lusaka tomorrow and Wednesday.
“We have two crucial meetings that will help Zambia clear the deck, to borrow Felix Mutati’s words, a transport and logistical historic package and a mobile communication, from the same country in the same week,” Mr Mukwita said.
He said all this is being done “in the spirit of walking the walk and talking the talk as espoused by President Edgar Lungu and our Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba at various fora,” he said.
Zambia has in the recent past attracted a great deal of positive international glare from the business side of things with more and more foreign dignitaries travelling to the southern African country with business delegations.