President Hakainde Hichilema says Zambia will tap into Israel’s advanced technology, particularly in the agriculture sector.
He further said Zambia would look to Israel for investment opportunities to create the much needed jobs and improve the quality of life for the Zambian people.
Hichilema said this when he held a bilateral meeting with President Isaac Herzog at Beit HaNassi in Jerusalem on Tuesday.
He said Zambia and Israel had maintained enduring relations since Zambia’s independence in 1964, exemplified by the University of Zambia built by Israel.
“We aim to strengthen this relationship by tapping into Israel’s advanced technology, particularly in agriculture, to bring in investments, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for our people “ the head of state said.
Hichilema also met with Israeli companies working in the technology sector, shared their journey in creating a successful ecosystem for innovation.
“Their market-driven model works closely with the private sector to ensure financing and market linkages. The technology sector also works with academia in research and development to ensure the country has the expertise and resources it needs,” he said.
The Head of State said they were particularly interested in some of the smart agriculture solutions, which included innovative ways to increase farming productivity.
He said the Israeli model for tech innovation was indeed an inspirational story, which was succeeding thanks to the deliberate pro-technology policies the country had implemented since the 1980s.
“We look forward to collaborations that bring economic and job opportunities for our people,” the President said.
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