Newly appointed Zambian Ambassador to the United States of America Sheila Siwela has called on Zambians living in the Diaspora to show their commitment and partnership back home in Zambia
Ambassador Siwela said there was need for Zambians living abroad to join hands to change the image of Zambia and further scale up their efforts towards the realization of improved live hood of the people of their country.
This is contained in press statement made available to ZANIS by first Secretary for Press Ben Kangwa in Lusaka today.
She said this at the launch of a campaign dubbed “Give back to Zambia Campaign” held at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in United States .
“I am on a “Give back to Zambia Campaign’’ to harness you as Zambians in the Diaspora to help develop the country through your connections with communities you have adopted in order to bring meaningful investment in various sectors of the Zambian economy.’’ She said.
Addressing Zambian nationals, Mrs Siwela also called on Zambians in the Diaspora to contribute their share in the country’s economic growth by using the prevailing investment friendly atmosphere in Zambia.
She said the Zambian government valued all Zambians living in the United States of America (USA) regardless of ethnicity, tribe, gender or status of life.
Mrs Siwela stated that she was working following a directive from President Rupiah Banda that she should engage all Zambians in the United States with a view to luring them to partner with Government in the development of the country.
The Ambassador urged Zambians living abroad to always portray their motherland Zambia positively in the communities they lived in.
She said Government would extend all its support towards the joint effort in their overall development.
Mrs SSiwela further urged Zambians in the Diaspora to take advantage of the Diaspora desk at State House whose main objective was to enhance their participation in the development of the nation.
‘The Diaspora desk is meant to open lines of communication between the Diaspora and the Government adding that its aim is to bring Zambians on board as co-workers in the national development agenda,” she said.