TO ZAMBIANS IN LOWER SAXONY AND MECKLENBURG – WESTERN PROMERANIA
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Zambian and German Governments have signed two bilateral agreements for Financial and Technical cooperation worthy approximately 120.5 million Euros.
The two agreements comprise commitments of 94 million Euros for financial cooperation and 26.5 million Euros for technical cooperation.
Forty million Euros will go towards concessional financing for the rehabilitation and extension of the Chishimba Fall Hydro Power Station.
Speaking during the signing ceremony in Lusaka today, Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda thanked the Germany government for the support rendered to Zambia.
Mr. Chikwanda says the signed bilateral agreements are timely and will help substantially to fill some resource gaps.
He notes that currently Zambia has significant challenges in its economy principally due to the external induced shocks arising from the global economy particularly as they relate to low commodity prices.
And Germany Ambassador to Zambia Bernd Finke, who signed on behalf of his government, says the signed agreements are based on the bilateral government negotiations on German-Zambia development cooperation which took place in November last year.
He says the 120.5 million Euros worth agreements attest to the fact that Germany has now doubled its funding to Zambia.
Mr. Finke says this also signifies an increase of around 5 percent compared to Germany’s last commitments in 2011.
The envoy has since assured the Zambian government that Germany will continue to be a reliable partner in good and in less good times.
Source: Lusaka Times
The Honorary Consulate office was declared opened recently in Warsaw, Poland by His Excellency Bwalya Chiti, Zambian Ambassador to Federal Republic of Germany based in Berlin.
In his remarks, at the opening ceremony, Ambassador Chiti underlined the importance of having a Zambian consulate in Warsaw and added that the Zambian government deposes full trust and confidence in Mr. Brusikiewicz for his proven ability and skills as a businessman that he will be successful in his mission to develop a mutually rewarding partnership between Zambia and Poland.
Ambassador Chiti pointed out that the establishment of the Consulate was a result of the very close and all-round cooperative relations between Zambia and Poland and that it was a true reflection of the Zambian government's commitment to deepening friendly relations with Poland
He called upon the Polish business fraternity to use the Zambian Consulate to better understand what Zambia had to offer in as far as trade and investment was concerned.
Mr. Chiti further urged the Zambians living in Poland to support the Honorary Consul in his endeavour to represent and market Zambia efficiently in Poland.
And the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Katarzyna Kacperczyk congratulated the Zambian government for its' initiative to open a Consulate in Warsaw and further commended the two governments for having worked hard in the pursuance of rekindling the diplomatic and economic relations between Zambia and Poland.
First Secretary (Economic and Trade) to the Zambian Embassy in Berlin, Martin Mmembe, Honorary Consul General of Poland to Zambia, Dr. Maryla Wisniewski, African Ambassadors accredited to Poland, Senior Government officials, various Polish Company representatives and Zambians living in Poland were among those who graced the occasion.