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Turkey offer to train Zambian security personnel

JIMMY CHIBUYE & HILDAH MWAPE, Lusaka
TURKEY has offered to train Zambian defence and security personnel in the fight against terrorism and other military and security disciplines.
Turkey’s deputy Minister of Defence Hasan Kemal Yardimci says his Government is prepared to help Zambia in building capacity in the area of defence and security.
This came to light when Mr Yardimci conferred with Zambia’s deputy minister of defence Christopher Mulenga in Ankara, Turkey.
This is contained in a statement issued by Zambia’s deputy head of mission in Turkey, Bwalya Nondo yesterday.
“Let me also take this opportunity to invite security forces from Zambia to participate in the Defence Fair scheduled to be held in Istanbul in May. This is a way of encouraging interaction between defence forces of our two countries,” Mr Yardimci said.
He said there is need to establish a joint permanent commission to further enhance cooperation between Zambia and Turkey.
He also congratulated Zambia for holding peaceful presidential elections in January following the demise of President Sata.
And Mr Mulenga said Government is happy with the support Turkey is rendering to Zambia’s development agenda, especially in human resource capacity building through provision of scholarships.
He noted that Turkey’s forward looking foreign policy towards Africa will give impetus to further growth of relations between the countries.
Mr Mulenga said the anticipated introduction of a direct Turkish Airline flight to Zambia will increase the trade volume between the countries.
He also visited a number of state-of-the-art factories specialising in producing military armoured vehicles, hardware and protective garments.
The minister said it is Zambia’s desire to tap into Turkey’s technological capabilities.
Mr Mulenga, who was accompanied by Zambia’s Ambassador to Turkey Miriam Mulenga and senior military officers from the Zambia Air Force, Zambia National Service and Zambia Army, also laid a wreath at the burial site of Turkey’s founding President, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
And 20 Turkish tour operators under the auspices of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TURSAB) are ready to undertake a tour of Zambia to create awareness and open up the country to Turkish tourists.
Chief executive officers of the 20 travel agencies that attended a tourism presentation session conducted by the Zambian mission at the TURSAB head office  in Istanbul yesterday  stressed the importance of networking between Zambian and Turkish tour operators in order to market Zambia’s tourism attractions and device special packages that will woo more tourists from Turkey.
This is according to a statement issued by Mr Nondo on Friday.
The presentation session focused on tourism policies and products that Zambia is offering.
And TURSAB director of Corporate Affairs Ela Atakan noted that prospects of Turkish Airlines introducing a direct flight between Turkey and Zambia would go a long way in stimulating tourist-arrivals from Turkey.
Last year, Zambia’s ambassador to Turkey Miriam Mulenga launched the “Know Zambia, Visit Zambia Information Outreach Campaign” to market Zambia as a tourism destination of choice.




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