Zambia conducive for FDI – Mulonda

Lusaka City Council Director of Legal Services Michael Mwape, Zambian National in Albuquerque Patrick Mapalo, Zambia's Ambassador to the United States Palan Mulonda, Bernalillo County Commissioner Debbie O'Malley, Bernalillo County Deputy Manager Vince Murphy, Lusaka City Deputy Mayor Potipher Tembo and Councilor McBride Sekeleti. - Picture by PATRICIA LITIYA

ZAMBIA’s Ambassador to the United States (US) Palan Mulonda says Government has prioritised agriculture, education, health and local government as key drivers of sustainable and inclusive growth.
Mr Mulonda said Zambia has put in place a conducive investment climate for foreign direct investment, which is backed by predictable and strong regulatory regimes.
This is contained in a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday by first secretary for press and public relations at Zambia’s Embassy in Washington DC, Patricia Littiya.
“Lusaka City Deputy mayor Potipher Tembo and councillor McBride Sekeleti and Director of Legal Services Michael Mwape are in Albuquerque, New Mexico and met with Bernalillo County officials to discuss investment opportunities and partnership possibilities between the two cities,” Mr Mulonda said.
He said the Zambian delegation took time to market Zambia as an ideal investment destination to Bernalillo County officials.
Mr Mulonda said he explained the various investments opportunities in the agricultural, energy, mining and tourism sectors of Zambia.
And Bernalillo County Commissioner Debbie O’Malley explained how the county is encouraging agri-tourism. She observed that with the introduction of agri-tourism in the county, there has been increased ownership of programmes by local farmers who are the direct beneficiaries.
And Mr Mulonda has urged the academic community in New Mexico to assist Zambia with human capital and soft infrastructure in universities under construction countrywide.
Mr Mulonda said President Sata has placed faculty development high on his agenda of making education more accessible in the country.
“There is need to explore opportunities that will help the country upgrade targeted colleges into universities,” Mr Mulonda said.
He was speaking when a Zambian delegation called on the president of the University of New Mexico, Robert Frank in Albuquerque.

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