Ambassador Mulimbika lauds Japan for support in key economic sectors


Zambia’s Ambassador to Japan, Dr. Tobias Mulimbika, has commended the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for its unwavering support in advancing Zambia’s key priority economic sectors.

Mulimbika highlighted the ongoing cooperation between Zambia and Japan across various spheres, including health, agriculture, water and sanitation and infrastructure.

He made these remarks during a courtesy call on JICA Executive Vice President Katsura Miyazaki in Tokyo recently.

According to a statement issued in Lusaka on Monday by Faith Chilube, the First Secretary, Press and Public Relations at the Zambian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, the Ambassador expressed his gratitude for the visit to Zambia by JICA President Dr. Tanaka Akihiko.

During this visit, Akihiko met with President Hakainde Hichilema.

“The Zambian government is eager to implement development programmes and looks forward to exploring ways to achieve common goals with Japan,” said Dr. Mulimbika.

He thanked JICA for its efforts to enhance the bilateral relations and for engaging with the Embassy to create a checklist of priority projects for Zambia.

“I am grateful that JICA briefed us on their President’s visit, where meetings were held with President Hakainde Hichilema and the Ministers of Finance, Health, Agriculture, and Information,” Mulimbika stated.

He noted that various areas of cooperation, focusing on infrastructure, health, water and sanitation, were discussed to reduce the recurrence of cholera.

Following the meeting, Mulimbika emphasized the importance of developing a consolidated checklist of projects, ranging from infrastructure and technology advancements to health, energy, agriculture, water harvesting, irrigation, and the revitalization of the Iron and Steel Economic Zone in Kafue.

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The Ambassador also requested JICA to consider the construction of the Luangwa Bridge as a critical infrastructure development project.

During the courtesy call, JICA Executive Vice President Katsura Miyazaki reiterated JICA’s support for Zambia’s economic agenda.

“Japan has identified Zambia as one of its key development partners, as evidenced by the recent high-profile visits to Zambia,” said Miyazaki.

She expressed JICA’s commitment to strengthening bilateral relations and focusing on key projects that will benefit the people of Zambia.

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