NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
ITALY is focusing on promoting greater economic co-operation with Zambia to promote increased trade and foreign direct investment (FDI).
And the Italian government has invited President Lungu and senior government officials to attend the Milan Expo 2015.
Speaking during celebrations to mark the Italian National Day on Wednesday, Italyâ€™s Ambassador to Zambia Pier Marco Dacco said his country is Zambiaâ€™s first partner under the European Union (EU) trade exchange.
â€œIt is with this in mind that the embassy is focusing its efforts on promoting greater economic co-operation,â€ Mr Dacco said.
He said Zambia has been doing well in all aspects in the past years and this has given him an opportunity to know the country better.
Mr Dacco said bilateral relations between Italy and Zambia are excellent.
â€œIn the political dialogue, bilateral relations are based on mutual respect and co-operation,â€ Mr Dacco said.
He said many Italians who live and work in Zambia have found the country welcoming and regard it as their second home.
And the Italian government has invited President Lungu and senior government officials to participate in the Expo 2015, which opened in Milan at the beginning of May.
He said Expo 2015 has dedicated a special day to Zambia on August 28 and the country is expected to seize the opportunity and show the world Zambiaâ€™s excellence.
â€œThe Expo 2015 offers an important opportunity of engagement, enhancement of strategies and policies in the agriculture and food sector,â€ Mr Dacco said.
Deputy minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Susan Kawandami said Italians have every reason to be proud of the 69 years of self-determination and socio-economic progress achieved.
Ms Kawandami said the Italian government has always co-operated with Zambia in areas such as health, education, and agriculture, among others.
â€œAllow me to reaffirm Governmentâ€™s commitment to strengthening the good relations between Zambia and Italy and it is my hope that our two countries will continue to nurture our relations by embracing consistent interchange and exploring new avenues of co-operation,â€ Ms Kawandami said.
NANCY SIAME, Lusaka