Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Leslie Mbula has urged Zambians in the diaspora to take an active part in the development of their country by investing back home either as individuals or through joint venture partnerships with their foreign counterparts.
Mbula says the new deal administration of president Mwanawasa has created a conducive atmosphere for investment in agriculture, mining. tourism and other sectors of the economy which Zambians in the diaspora should exploit to develop their motherland.
The High Commissioner made the appeal in a message conveyed on his behalf by second secretary for press at the Zambian mission Philip Chirwa.
This was during the Zambia Association in South Africa, ZASA, annual general meeting held at the Zambian High Commission premises in Pretoria.
In a statement from Pretoria to ZANIS in Lusaka today, Mr Mbula said he was aware that there were many Zambians living and running prosperous businesses or holding very responsible positions in various organizations in South Africa who can use their connections for the development of their home country.
“The Zambian government is encouraging private sector investment in all the productive sectors of the country’s economy, notably agriculture, tourism, manufacturing and mining. I would like to see more of our people in the diaspora invest in these sectors either as individuals or through entering into joint partnerships with foreign investors,” Mr Mbula said.
Mr Mbula also urged the Zambian community in South Africa to stay clear of trouble spots which have of late been targets of xenophobic attacks on foreigners.
Todate, however, there has been no report of any Zambian being affected by the attacks but the High Commissioner said this did not mean that they should remain complacent.
Meanwhile ZASA ushered in a new executive committee to lead the South African based Zambian community in the next two years.
Mr Daniel Mundea was elected unopposed as chairman while Ms Martha Chonya retained her position as secretary.
Other committee members are Mr Noah Banda (vice chairman), Mr Agrippa Simonga (vice secretary), Mr Remmy Mukosa (treasurer), Mr Augustine Phiri (vice treasurer), Mr Mulumba Lwatula (publicity secretary), and Mr Bright Phiri (vice publicity secretary).