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Charge D’ Affaires at the Zambian Embassy in Germany Mrs. Theresa Kimena has called on the Zambian community to make available their expertise for the benefit of their home country. Speaking when she addressed scores of Zambians, their family members and friends who turned up to celebrate the country’s 53rd Independence anniversary, Mrs. Kimena said some of them have lived in Germany far much longer than the diplomats thereby placing them in a more favorable position.
 
“You know this country much better than some of us working at the embassy”, the Charge D’ Affaires said adding, “therefore visit us regularly and we shall in turn reciprocate”. While statistics regarding the number of Zambians living in Germany are being reviewed and updated, there are those that have lived in the country close 40 years. They work in various sectors that include health, business and media.

In line with this year’s independence theme, Mrs. Kimena urged Zambians to speak well of their country. She said the views and sentiments they expressed in the hearing of others determined how their family members, friends and others feel about the country and its people. The Charge D’ Affaires said decisions to visit Zambia and invest could be negatively affected depending on what its citizens say about their country on foreign soil.
In a poetic-like-tone, Mrs. Kimena described her love for Zambia by referring to the country’s natural beauty. “Let me just remind all of us that Mother Zambia is a beautiful land, one of the most beautiful and richly endowed pieces of land to be found on Planet Earth for which we shall eternally be grateful to God, our Creator. It’s endowed with large bodies of water, rivers that are ever flowing, come rain, come sunshine; hills and mountains gracefully rise and fall while valleys and gorges interspaced with forests live side by side; and animals of all kinds call this their natural habitat. I love Mother Zambia, and I know you do, too”, Mrs. Kimena said.
The newly appointed ambassador to Germany, His Excellency Mr. Anthony Mukwita who is expected to assume his official duties in the next few weeks, attended the celebrations. In his greetings to the guests attending the celebrations, the ambassador-designate called for a minute of silence in memory of the 5th President of Zambia, the late Michael Chilufya Sata who died on the 28th of October in a London hospital in 2014.

 
ISSUED BY KELLYS KAUNDA
FIRST SECRETARY – PRESS
ZAMBIA EMBASSY
BERLIN, GERMANY

After 30years of coming to the International Tourism Bourse, ITB, which takes place every year in the German capital of Berlin, Zambia is now the culture partner for the March 2018 prestigious tour and tourism showpiece. To seal the deal, both parties – the Zambian government and ITB Berlin have appended their signatures to the contract.


With this signing, preparatory works are now underway on our part as a country to showcase every aspect of our tourism and travel sector”, says Mrs. Theresa Kimena, the Charge’ De Faire at the Zambian Embassy in Berlin, Germany. First Secretary for Tourism Susan Katema and First Secretary for Press Kellys Kaunda are leading preparatory efforts from Berlin while the Ministry of Tourism and the Zambia Tourism Agency, ZTA are leading similar efforts from the Zambian capital of Lusaka.

Zambia is extremely attractive as a tourist destination”, Mrs. Kimena says adding, “the world needs to know this come March 2018”. Zambia is known for the Iconic Victoria Falls along with her national parks and game reserves located in different parts of the country. The country is home to a diverse wildlife, a significant portion of fresh waters in southern Africa and one of the longest rivers in the region – the Zambezi that meanders through several countries that include Angola, Zimbabwe and Mozambique finally pouring its waters into the Indian Ocean.


Above all”, the Charge’ D Faire says, “the world needs to know that Zambians are warm, peaceful and friendly whose pleasant personalities will help etch into a visitors’ mind unforgettable memories”. The Zambian government has identified tourism as one of the key drivers of the country’s economy
Wedensday, November 23, 2016 - The Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, yesterday Tuesday 22nd November, 2016 hosted a reception at the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture to mark the forthcoming Global Forum for Food Agriculture (GFFA) H.E. Ambassador Chiti was among other Ambassadors accredited to Germany who attended the reception.  The GFFA will be held on the subject: 'Agriculture and Water - Key to Feeding the World' in Berlin from 19 - 21 January 2017.  The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) is an international conference that focuses on central questions concerning the future of the global agri-food industry. It gives representatives from the worlds of politics, business, science and civil society an opportunity to share ideas and enhance understanding on a selected topic of current agricultural policy.
ANNOUNCEMENT

TO ZAMBIANS IN LOWER SAXONY AND MECKLENBURG – WESTERN PROMERANIA

HANNOVER

You are all invited to witness;

WHAT:                The Official Opening of Zambia’s Honorary Consulate in Hannover

WHO:                   Zambia’s Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, H.E. Ambassador Bwalya S. K. Chiti, Dr. Victor Kuhne, Honorary Consul, Mr. Johannes Kurt, AHK fur das Sudliche Afrika, Reprasentanz, Dr. Horst Scharge Director IHK Hannover and Senior government officials

WHEN:                Tuesday, 29 November 2016

WHERE:               IHK Hannover, Schiffgraben 49, Hannover
Berlin, August 28, 2016 - The Zambian Embassy was on Sunday, August, 28, 2016 among over 50 embassies based in Berlin that successfully participated at this years’ German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) International Open Day.

Every year, the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) opens its doors to inform the German public about the development-political cooperation with its partner countries, and Zambia was among other Embassies that had an opportunity to showcase its diverse tourism destinations and potential investment opportunities. This years’ event was officiated by Parliamentary State Secretary of BMZ, Mr. Thomas Silberhorn.

The Zambian stand laid out numerous creative display of pamphlets and brochures containing information on tourism and investments, and Zambia’s artifacts pictorial images of its cultural. A lot of visitors took interest to visit our stand with most them particularly interested in getting more information about Livingstone and the Victoria Falls. It was no surprise that we ran out of maps.

Earlier during the proceedings, the BMZ Parliamentary State Secretary, Mr. Thomas Silberhorn toured all the stands of participating embassies. The Embassy Charge D’affairs, Ms. Theresa Kimena was present to welcome the Parliamentary State Secretary at the Zambian stand and the two exchanged a few words on the existing good cooperation between Germany and Zambia
GERMANY, Berlin, Saturday, June 4, 2016 - In an effort to further strengthen its bilateral relations for socio-economic development, the Republic of Zambia, on Wednesday June 1, 2016 opened a new Consulate in Budapest, the Republic of Hungary.

Mr. Gyula Simko, a Hungarian businessman with three well-established companies in Zambia has been appointed as the First Honorary Consul of the Republic of Zambia in Hungary by the Zambian government. Mr. Simko has been travelling to Zambia for the last 10 years with his business interests in Hungary spanning 30 years ranging from real estate, agriculture, import and export.

Officially opening the office, Zambia’s Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany His Excellency Bwalya Chiti said the decision to open the consulate reflects the country’s desire to further deepen its relationship with Hungary, particularly on trade and economic relations.

He advised the new Honorary Consul, Mr. Simko that his task ahead is daunting but achievable. He further urged him to work assiduously to improve on the bilateral ties that exist between the two countries.

Ambassador Chiti implored Mr. Simko to be committed in what he described as his singular priority in partnering with key development partners to promote Zambia’s economic growth.

He further assured Mr. Simko of the Embassy’s fullest cooperation in promoting not only trade and investment in Zambia but also the mutual interest of the people living in both countries.

Zambia being part of two regional economic communities of SADC and COMESA, the Ambassador expressed hope that Hungary would use its influence to further strengthen Zambia’s relations within the EU and at the same time, ensuring their negotiations within the regional communities yield fruitful results.

Ambassador Chiti concluded by extending an invitation to the Hungarian business community to take advantage of the existing potentials in Zambia.

And the Ministerial Commissioner in charge of liaising with Honorary consuls accredited to Hungary, Dr. Suha Gyorgy welcomed the decision by the Zambian government to open a Consulate in Budapest thus in recognising the mutual interest for social-economic and political relations.

Dr. Gyorgy stressed that Hungary is committed to nurture its cultural, political and economic relations with Zambia, and further expressed his confidence that Consul Simko will be successful in developing a mutual and rewarding partnership between Zambia and Hungary.

Among those who attended the event were the Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary Dr. Zsolt Semjen, the Hungary's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Secretary of State, Dr. Csaba Balogh, and First Secretary Trade to the Zambian Embassy in Berlin, Mr. Nambanda M. Mubukwana.
Zambia’s Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, Ambassador Bwalya Chiti has said that Germany is in a position to offer concessional and promotional loans for Zambia’s electricity sector.

Ambassador Chiti made this disclosure while celebrating Zambia’s 51 years independence anniversary with his compatriots and other members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps in Berlin, Germany.

He noted that this is the first time that the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the KfW Development Bank is offering Zambia such loans.

“This opens up significant potential for cooperation and could assist Zambia with significant financing to realise the country’s investment objectives in the electricity sector,” he said.

Ambassador Chiti added that the German government is also rendering support in the introduction and implementation of renewable energy solutions for the country.

“It is a good thing to now see the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, the KfW Bank and other German institutions all partnering with Zambia to ensure that renewables are the future of the country,” he said.

He also further informed the audience that Zambia is to benefit through the German Federal government’s initiative of “One World – No Hunger”.

The initiative is aimed at addressing food security in an effort to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in the country.

“The project will be implemented through bilateral and multilateral development cooperation and through partnership with private sector and civil society organisations,” he said.

Ambassador Chiti observed that Zambia like any other country has not been spared from the economic slow down and the adverse economic environment.

“With the economic slowdown coupled with the free fall in global copper prices, the country is faced with huge challenges in its socio-economic development drive, and several sectors which include but not limited to energy, agriculture and mining are witnessing severe setbacks, Ambassador Chiti explained.

In swift response to those challenges, Ambassador Chiti disclosed that the Zambian government has put measures in place to remedy the situation.

Such measures are clearly spelt in the 2016 National Budget and will address the following: Increase in domestic revenue mobilisation, limit domestic borrowing and reduce budget deficit amongst others.

Ambassador Chiti further called on bilateral partners including the private sector, to work closely with his government for the establishment of more new industries in Agriculture, manufacturing of finished products and food processing for export and tourism.

“We are eager to work closely with our cooperating partners including the private sector in fostering a diversified economy in order to speed up the development agenda,” said Ambassador Chiti.
January 19, 2016 - Zambia and Germany have further strengthened relations through signing a Joint Declaration of Intent on cooperation in the fields of Agriculture and Food.
The Joint Declaration of Intent was signed yesterday, Monday 18th January 2016 at the Hotel Adlon Hempinski in Berlin, Germany on the side-lines of the 5th AGCO Africa Summit.
The signed joint Declaration of Intent between the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Zambia and the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) of the Federal Republic of Germany is a continuation of the commitment to the Germany-Zambian Agricultural Knowledge and Training Centre (AKTC) and a further step with a view to promoting climate smart agriculture in the field of Agro-forestry.
Agriculture Minister Hon. Given Lubinda signed the Joint Declaration of Intent on behalf of the Zambian government while the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Hon. Christian Schmidt signed on behalf of the Federal Government.
Zambia’s Ambassador to Germany, H.E. Bwalya Chiti and other senior officials from the Ministry of Agriculture attended the signing ceremony.
Speaking during a bilateral meeting with Federal Minister Schmidt before the signing of the Declaration of Intent, Hon. Lubinda said he was happy to sign a Joint Declaration of Intent that will promote Agro-forestry in Zambia as it will assist farmers to invest more in alternative methods of production to increase the health of the soils and productivity.  
Hon. Lubinda noted that Agro-forestry if well embraced would increase agriculture productivity by maintaining soil fertility and counteracting deforestation.
The Minister further acknowledged the significant role the Agricultural Knowledge and Training Centre was playing in improving production, with its introduction of mechanisation to the Zambian farmers.
The Minister said Zambia and Germany have enjoyed equal and mutually beneficial relations and hoped that the two countries would continue to further enhance cooperation in the agriculture sector.
“I sincerely want to thank the German government for cooperating with Zambia in these areas, there are indeed areas that will improve not only agriculture, but through agriculture, will improve the health status of our people and reduce the level of poverty of our people, “ said Hon. Lubinda.
And Mr. Schmidt expressed satisfaction in signing the Declaration of Intent and further suggested that within the said framework agreement, the two Agriculture Ministries could develop further exemplary programmes that would show the way to the future in terms of cooperation.
Minister Schmidt noted there is still more work to be done on the mechanisation in the field of agriculture for the benefit of smallholder farmers to help improve production.
He added that his Ministry was pleased to cooperate very closely with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development which already has an on-going project in Zambia on small-scale farming.
Minister Schmidt also took the opportunity to congratulate Zambia for being the country that will be hosting the next 134th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in March 2016.
Students in Zambia will soon benefit from more Czech scholarships to study in various renowned Agricultural Universities in the Czech Republic. The scholarships will not only be limited to university students but also secondary school pupils will be eligible for such a significant scheme.

Czech Agriculture Minister Hon. Marian Jurecka made this disclosure to Zambia’s Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, also accredited to the Czech Republic, His Excellency Bwalya Chiti during a meeting held at the Prague Parliament in the Czech Republic.

Ambassador Chiti was recently on an official visit to that country when he met with the Czech Minister of Agriculture and discussed issues relating to bilateral and economic cooperation between Zambia and the Czech Republic.

The Hon. Minister expressed confidence that such development would further increase the number of Zambian students going to study in the Czech Republic with the view to ensure a committed and professional staff cadre within the agriculture and other development sectors in Zambia.

The Minister stated that fruitful discussions had already been held with three universities in the Czech Republic regarding the extension of the scholarship programmes.

“I talked to Universities Rectors about extending the number of openings for students from Zambia and all of them have agreed to bring more Zambian students to the Czech Republic to study in their respective Universities,’ said Minister Jurecka.

Responding, Ambassador Chiti thanked the Minister and his country for their continued support in the education sector and emphasized on the importance of education which according to him is a key to Zambia’s development agenda.

While assuring the Czech Minister of Zambia’s cooperation to further strengthen its bilateral relations with the Czech Republic, Ambassador Chiti said the extension of the scholarship programmes for Zambian students would go a long way in empowering more students to further their education.

Germany, January 20, 2016 - The Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Zambia and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic have agreed to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at improving Zambia’s agricultural productivity.

The MoU that will clearly outline possible areas of cooperation between the two Ministries is expected to be signed in April, 2016.

Czech Minister of Agriculture Hon. Marian Jurecka said in Berlin on Friday that the MoU with specified areas of cooperation will allow stronger and defined working relations between the two Ministries.

Making reference to some of the possible areas of cooperation, Minister Jurecka mentioned that Zambia would be offered possibilities for exchange of know-how areas at the Czech Ministry of Agriculture and other research institutions.

“Your people can have a chance to see how we work, how the European registration works and find out what the experiences are, just in case you are interested,” Minister Jurecka said.

Minister Jurecka was speaking during a bilateral meeting held on the sidelines of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture 2016 with Zambia’s Minister of Agriculture Hon. Given Lubinda in Berlin. He was accompanied by Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Berlin, Mr. Tomas Jan Podivinsky; First Deputy Minister (Law and Administrative section) Mr. Jiri Jirsa; Deputy Minister (Food Production Section) Mrs. Viera Sediva; Deputy Minister (Commodities, Research and Consultancy Section) Mr. Petr Jilek.

The Zambian Delegation led by Hon. Given Lubinda comprised; Zambia’s Ambassador to Germany H.E. Bwalya Chiti, Senior Planner (Ministry of Agriculture Mr. Kondwani Gondwe, Mrs. Florence Mwami, Senior Executive officer (Ministry of Agriculture), Mrs. Karen Mukuka, Chief Food and Nutrition officer (Ministry of Agriculture), Mr. Martin Mmembe, First Secretary Economic & Trade (Zambian Mission in Berlin) and Ms. Susan Katema First Secretary Tourism (Zambian Embassy in Berlin).

Minister Jurecka further highlighted his Ministry’s readiness to help set up a Farm of Excellence in Zambia that will teach smallholder farmers appropriate technologies.

“We have already looked into possibilities of financing such a project and I must say we are already testing some possibilities and opportunities and are ready to do this in Zambia. This will allow the farmers to exchange experiences and knowledge,” he said.

The Czech Minister further disclosed that the Czech Ministry is working towards introducing scholarship programmes for Zambian secondary school pupils to study in the Czech Republic.

“I have already met with some representatives of secondary agriculture and vocational schools in the Czech Republic and I am hoping that from September this year, we could start the process of scholarships for some schools already,” said Minister Jurecka.

In response, Agriculture Minister Lubinda thanked the Czech government for its continued support in the areas of agriculture and further stressed on the importance to have the two Ministries enter into a Memorandum of Understanding that aims at enhancing the agriculture sector.

The Minister noted that Zambia had a vast land with a lot of potential areas of cooperation that could be exploited for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

The Minister mentioned that he intends to visit the Czech Republic with a team to do a roadshow for the business community for possibilities of investment in Zambia.

He further urged his counterpart to consider investing in the agriculture sector in Zambia.

“When I visit your country, I also intend to bring a team to come and roadshow the business people for possibility of investment in Zambia, and maybe it is also time for you to start thinking of investing in agriculture in Zambia,” said Minister Lubinda.
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