CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
THE Asian Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (AIDIA) says Zambia stands out as one of the best democracies in the world.
AIDIA chief executive officer Kc Sunil urged Zambia to strengthen ties with Nepal in attracting investments in the energy sector because most investors are interested in stability.
Mr Sunil said this in New Delhi, India, when he called on Zambia’s High Commissioner to India Judith Kapijimpanga.
In a statement issued yesterday by first secretary for press and tourism at the Zambia Mission in India Bangwe Naviley, Mr Sunil said Zambia should learn more about how mountain tourism was propelled in Nepal as it realises a lot of revenue from tourists who go for sightseeing at one of the world’s highest mountains, Everest.
He said Zambia is set to grow just as Nepal, a country that had never been colonised but had since embraced democracy from a monarchy.
“AIDIA has noted with pleasure that Zambia, which is a landlocked country just as Nepal, is growing very fast,” Mr Sunil said.
And Ms Kapijimpanga said the Zambian Mission in India will work with organisations such as AIDIA in attracting investments to Zambia in various sectors of the economy, especially energy, tourism, health, education, information and communications technology.
“The mission here in India is happy to note that AIDIA, which has headquarters in Nepal, is opening up ideas on areas of collaboration with Nepal even before I present my credentials to that country,” she said.
Ms Kapijimpanga said Zambia is looking forward to benefitting from Nepal’s agro-food processing and medical education.
“Zambia remains committed to upholding the rule of law, democracy, human rights and protection of investment which are among the prerequisites for a favourable investment atmosphere,” she said.