HONE SIAME, Kitwe
ZAMBIA’S charge d’ affaires to Sweden Anthony Mukwita says Iceland has a lot to offer to the country’s energy and fish sectors, as government accelerates its economic diplomacy and diversification
Mr Mukwita said Zambia and other countries seeking to increase their power generation capacity can draw profitable lessons from Iceland’s successful energy and fish industries.
He said as the world’s largest power and energy producer, Iceland presents a perfect opportunity for countries seeking to increase energy production like Zambia to tap from.
This is according to a statement issued yesterday by Mr Mukwita from Reykjavik, the capital of the Island Nordic state.
“The fish industry here is big, with Iceland exporting huge cargo loads of fish into the EU and the USA on a daily basis, earning loads of money. Fish is responsible for almost 30 percent in GDP contributions annually here apart from the booming geothermal energy sector, which is the largest in the world,” Mr Mukwita said.
He said the burning commitment President Lungu, who has already set up a fish farm at State Lodge, has shown in transforming Zambia into a major fish exporter in the southern African region should be emulated by all.
“I believe our fisheries department could learn how we can break into the EU market given our abundant natural resources that support the farming of fish. I am of the firm belief that Iceland would be a part of our bigger solution to the energy challenges we currently go through,” Mr Mukwita said.
He said there is no limit to how far Zambia can engage others to accelerate diversification.
And Iceland Foreign Affairs Minister Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson said Iceland will increase trade co-operation with Zambia and countries beyond the Nordic states.
Mr Thórdarson said Iceland cannot ignore the fact that the fastest future economies are currently located in Africa, where Zambia has been placed as one of the fastest and safest economies to target in African growth parameters.
Zambia’s embassy in Stockholm has accreditation with Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Latvia, Estonia and Finland.