KELVIN MBEWE, Lusaka
ZAMBIA’s High Commissioner to India Judith Kapijimpanga says an Indian firm, Pure Trust Trading, plans to set up a coal and manganese mine in Zambia.
And Zambia’s Chargé d’ Affaires in Turkey Bwalya Nondo has advised Zambian students in that country to be good ambassadors of the country by exhibiting exemplary behaviour.
This is contained in a statement made available by first secretary for press and tourism at the Zambian Mission in New Delhi, India, Bangwe Naviley, and first secretary for press in Turkey, Jerry Munthali.
Ms Kapijimpanga said the company is initially interested in buying 500 to 2,000 metric tons of manganese and coal from Zambia.
She said the Zambian Mission in New Delhi has communicated to the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Trade, and Mines, as well as Zambia Development Agency, for further facilitation.
Ms Kapijimpanga said the company has informed her that it plans to open up its own mine in Zambia.
She said Zambia encourages trade with other countries such as India as it results in foreign exchange earnings and job creation.
“Many parts of the country, especially Luapula, have a lot of mineral resources such as manganese, while Southern Province has numerous coal deposits,” she said.
And Speaking when a delegation of the newly-elected Zambia Students Union in Turkey (ZSUT) executive committee paid a courtesy call on him at the chancery in Ankara, Mr Nondo advised the students not to tarnish the image of the country through bad behaviour, and to avoid wrong company, which can push them into various vices.
Mr Nondo, however, said the mission is happy that it has not recorded embarrassing incidents by Zambian students in Turkey, and urged them to continue with their good behaviour.
Mr Nondo also urged the students to help market Zambia as an ideal tourism and investment destination whenever they have an opportunity to do so in their interaction with Turkish people.
He also said students should realise that courses related to science and technology that they are studying, are vital for national development, and that Government is promoting this area of study in its development agenda.
Mr Nondo, who was flanked by Defence Attaché Brigadier General Simeon Manyando, who is designated as the Mission’s students’ affairs officer, said nations that have recorded massive development have applied science and technology to the fullest.
He advised the students to return home and contribute to national development upon completion of their studies.
“You are here to gather building blocks for national development, which is knowledge,” Mr Nondo said.
ZSUT executive committee members present included president Ben Kapansa, vice-president Richard Mukang’ombe and secretary general Benson Musukwa.
Others are vice information and communication manager Boniface Mwanza, project manager Paul Sinyangwe and head of disciplinary committee Thomas Sanyati.
Currently, there are over 100 Zambian students studying in various universities across Turkey.