INFORMATION minister Dora Siliya says Zambia looks forward to participating in the forthcoming Olympic Games and the Expo 2025.
In a virtual statement on the birthday anniversary of the Emperor of Japan to be held on February 23, Siliya assured Japanese Ambassador to Zambia Mizuuchi Ryuta of support as the world prepares to participate in the upcoming Olympics and the Expo 2025.
“Japan is renowned for its hosting of successful events in the past including, the Nagoya Expo 2005 and the World Cup in 2002. We are, confident that Japan will once again rise to the occasion. Zambia looks forward to participating in these important events,” she said.
Siliya said although the national day was being commemorated virtually in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was an important signal that engagement between the countries would continue.
“As we join the government and the great people of Japan in celebrating this special and momentous occasion, allow me to take this opportunity to express my government’s satisfaction at the warm and friendly relations that exist between Zambia and Japan which have continued to flourish,” she said.
Siliya said since the inception of relations in 1964, Japan had continued to be a strong partner and role model for Zambia, owing to the numerous economic strides that the country has made in a bid to promote the wellbeing of its people.
She said Zambia and Japan had continued to work together to consolidate economic cooperation in sectors such as health, infrastructure development, agriculture, education, energy and water and sanitation, as well as private sector development under the framework of the Tokyo International Conference of African Development (TICAD).
She said as the world continue to grapple with the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government commended Japan for its active role and commitment towards improving and safeguarding the welfare of Zambians, the African continent and the world at large.
“It should be mentioned that as schools in Zambia reopened in full scale, it was gratifying to note the level of leadership exhibited by the Japanese government in their bid to galvanise support from various companies and Japanese stakeholders, in complementing Zambia’s fight against the pandemic, particularly in the Central Province of the country,” she said.
Siliya said such stakeholders included, organisations such as the Hokkaido University (Veterinary Medicine Faculty), ROCINANTES (non-profitable organisation engaged in healthcare sector), and TCV Corporation (Japanese used car exporting company).
She said under those organisations, a programme for assistance led by Ambassador Ryuta was recently rolled out in the Central Province with donations of various PPE’s including 2,000 masks, 670 hand sanitizers, buckets with faucet for hand washing and thermometers.
Siliya requested Japan to encourage more innovative companies to continue investing in Zambia as the country continues to offer one of the most attractive and conducive environments in Africa.