Zambia eager to learn from Estonia

MINISTER of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba addresses journalists at Charter House in Lusaka yesterday. On the right is Ministry of Foreign Affairs director Eunice Luambiya. PICTURE: MACKSON WASAMUNU

MINISTER of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba says Zambia is eager to learn about how Estonia has developed and continues to apply digital technology as a key sector for modern development.
Mr Kalaba said Zambia wants to further embrace digital technology and incorporate it in the agriculture sector as the country undergoes an ambitious diversification agenda from mining as envisioned by President Lungu.
The minister said this here on Wednesday during a bilateral meeting with Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser on the sidelines of the African Union summit which will culminate into the 28th ordinary session of the assembly of heads of state and government scheduled from January 27 to 31, 2017.
The theme for this year’s summit, which President Lungu is expected to attend from today, is ‘Harnessing demographic dividend through investments in the youth’.
He said Zambia wants to broaden its digital technology capacity and e-governance and will widen cooperation with Estonia to make an impact in digital technology.
“Zambia is excited that it can revitalise relations with Estonia, it is pleasing to hear that Estonia is digitally advanced. One of the areas we are diversifying is agriculture and we want to see how Zambia can partner with your country and use digital technology in agriculture.
“We would also like to congratulate you on your preparations towards taking up the European Union presidency which you are vying for,” Mr Kalaba said.
Mr Kalaba said it is important that the “window you (Estonia) have opened is exploited and not taken for grante”.
And Mr Mikser said digital technology is an effective method of “taking government closer to the people and demonstrate how you are delivering to the people as a government”.
He said digital solutions are key in governance and captivating and inspiring the younger generation.

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