Zambia destination of choice, Israelis told

PRESIDENT Lungu has urged Israeli investors to get into Zambia’s agriculture sector as the future of Africa is in Zambia.
The President said his Israeli counterpart, Reuven Rivlin, has assured him that the country is interested in investing in Africa in areas such as agriculture.
He said this in Israel when he visited Netafim, one of the biggest companies practising drip irrigation.
And Minister of Agriculture Dora Siliya says Zambia has a 99-year-old land lease which Israelis can take advantage of to invest in agriculture.
Ms Siliya said Zambia is also politically stable with zero-rated tax imports on agricultural equipment.
“The country is currently selling 10 agriculture farm blocks for agricultural investment. Northern, Muchinga and Luapula provinces have plenty of rains, land and water, which is a hanging fruit for agricultural opportunities,” she said.
Meanwhile, President Lungu says all Zambians are important to him, including those in the Diaspora.
The President said wherever they are, Zambians represent the country and that the legacy of being peaceful people should not be lost when abroad.
Mr Lungu was speaking in Israel when he met Zambians living in that country.
“All Zambians living in Israel and other parts of the world must always think of their country and consider investing there,” he said.
And Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba says President Lungu is committed to addressing the plight of Zambians living abroad.
Mr Kalaba said this is evidenced by the creation of a diaspora policy, which will benefit Zambians living in foreign countries.
Zambia’s Ambassador to Israel Martin Mwanambale said the Zambian community in Israel is happy that President Lungu has visited Israel two years after opening an embassy.
Mr Mwanambale said there are a few Zambians living in Israel with most of them being football players and students.
“The small community has been consistent in meeting for prayers during national days,” Mr Mwanambale said.

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