Zambia is set to receive a K11.6 million grant from Japan to implement a project which will improve the Livingstone museum, in an effort to promote the tourism sector.
The project will be implemented by the National Museum Board on behalf of the government and supervised by the Ministry of Tourism as the parent ministry.
This grant will be provided through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) over a period of two years, from 2023 to 2025, says Finance and National Planning Minister, Situmbeko Musokotwane.
Musokotwane said Japan would provide a grant of up to K11.6 million, for implementation of the project for the improvement of equipment for research, conservation, exhibition and education at the Livingstone museum.
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He stated that the support followed a request by the government for Japan to consider providing support for the improvement of the Livingstone museum.
Musokotwane said this on Tuesday in Lusaka at the signing ceremony for exchange of notes with Japan.
“The overall objective of the project is to promote the understanding of national heritage and to improve heritage value and its conservation through improving equipment necessary for educational programmes, exhibitions, research, documentation and conservation of collections, thereby contributing to promoting national unity, peace and environmental sustainability.
“I am confident that through the implementation of this project, the Zambian government and you as our supporting partner will make a real social-economic desirable impact in the sector,” he said.
At the same function, Japanese Ambassador to Zambia, Takeuchi Kazuyuki, said the project would provide the Livingstone Museum with the necessary equipment for holding exhibitions, seminars or conferences.
Kazuyuki said this would help the Museum to facilitate understanding of Zambian culture and to enhance the ability of the Museum to preserve its collection.
“Tourism is positioned as one of the key industries in the perspective of medium to long term, and further utilisation of the cultural heritage as a tourism resource is expected to lead the development and growth of the private sector,” he said.
Chief Representative of JICA Zambia Office, Yonebayashi Norihito, hoped that educational programmes at Livingstone Museum would have a diversified experience, quality of research papers would be improved.
“With the implementation of this project, we hope that cooperation relationship with other research institutes will be promoted, exhibition methods will be more diversified, environment conditions for the collections will be improved and last but the least the exhibitions will be more attractive to visitors,” he said.
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