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Zambia wants Honorary Consuls to establish permanent diplomatic missions to strengthen cooperation


The Zambian government has requested Honorary Consuls to consider establishing permanent Diplomatic Missions in the country, in order to strengthen cooperation between Zambia and the various countries.

Permanent Secretary for Special duties at Cabinet Office, Chembo Mbula, made the call during the reception held at Italian International School of Lusaka on Thursday for 21 Honorary Consuls.

Mbula said the Zambian government acknowledges the importance of Honorary Consuls and the role they play in the world of diplomacy.

He said it is important to note that Honorary Consuls are recognized by the 1963 Vienna convention on Consular Relations in international Law in furthering development, trade and providing consular services.

“I am therefore, confident that through your continued efforts, our partnerships will grow stronger to build a brighter future for our nations and peoples,” Mbula said.

He said through collaboration and engagement with the Honorary Consuls, Zambia has benefited in various areas of mutual interest.

“allow me to reiterate the Zambian government’s commitment to continue collaborating with the government of the countries here represented, in order to consolidate the bonds of cooperation for the mutual benefit of our peoples,” Mbula said.

Honorary Consul of Guinea Bissau Franco Nulli, said they are ready to engage further with the government in facilitating opportunities for local business growth.

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Nulli said although Honorary Consuls have been present in Zambia for decades, unfortunately many people are unclear about their role.

“Furthermore, we are in the privileged position of having opportunities to promote the tourism attractions of our respective Countries locally, and of promoting Zambia’s beautiful tourism attractions in our respective Countries,” he said.

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