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President Michael has said technology transfer is critical for the sustainable development of natural resources in African countries including Zambia.

PRESIDENT Sata says Zambia’s unemployment problem is a direct result of the poor management of the country’s natural resources.

Mr Sata, who is attending the Rio+20 world conference on climate change and sustainable development here, also said Africa will never develop on handouts but on technology transfer from developed and some developing countries.

He was speaking during a side session on greening the gross domestic product, dubbed Beyond GDP, organised by the head of the United Nations Development Programme, Helen Clark.

Mr Sata said it is sad that a country like Zambia, which is endowed with natural resources, including minerals, water bodies and wildlife, is still suffering from acute unemployment.

“Zambia has only 13 million people, which is the population of some of the cities in the world. But out of those 13 million, it is most unfortunate that a lot of people are unemployed and God will never forgive us for that.[pullquote]You can keep your money, just give us technology because that is what we need to sustain ourselves. No country has ever developed by begging. That is not sustainable. Africa has been begging for a long time and it is time to make a real difference through technology transfer[/pullquote]

“This is so because we have not managed and used our natural resources the way we are supposed to use them, for the benefit of our people,” he said.

President Sata said the well-being of people in general depends largely on how well their countries manage natural resources.He said Zambia has to move fast in promoting sustainable management of its natural resources for the benefit of its citizens.

On technology transfer, the President said this is part of the key to reducing poverty and taking care of the environment across the world.
Mr Sata said Africa does not need aid, in the absence of technology transfer which is known to spur development.

“You can keep your money, just give us technology because that is what we need to sustain ourselves. No country has ever developed by begging. That is not sustainable. Africa has been begging for a long time and it is time to make a real difference through technology transfer,” he told an applauding audience of delegates.

He said global technology transfer would help a great deal in making the world a better place to live in.Mr Sata also said Zambia is greatly inspired by the technology being applied in Brazil, which has helped to enhance the economy of the South American country of 192 million people.

Brazil is able to make fuel from sugar cane and soya and has been managing its energy sector by finding alternative sources of energy.

“That is great technology, bring it to Zambia. We need technology transfer from the North to the South and West to East, for a better world,” he said.
The President also extended an invitation to delegates to attend the United Nations World Tourism Conference which will be co-hosted by Zambia and Zimbabwe in August next year.

“Come to Zambia and see what we have. We will waive some visa requirements and give you a visa on arrival,” he said.

Mr Sata peppered his speech with his usual sense of humour.

“We have enough water for everyone, including the Greeks and Italians. We have wild animals and there is a lot more to see. The only thing we do not have in abundance is whisky and that is because whisky pollutes the environment,” he said.

Earlier, the Prime Minister of Denmark Helle Thorning-Schmidt said she is proud of her country’s contribution to a greener world and Denmark would continue on that path.

She said Denmark runs an energy-efficient economy and no effort would be spared to make more positive decisions for the greater good.

“Inaction can be costly. We have to make good decisions now,” she said with reference to making a deliberate effort to create a world free of pollution and general environmental degradation.

President Sata is today expected to address the conference.

[Daily Mail]

167 COMMENTS

  1. Sata ni nsimbi…yeah skool chaps like HH what it means to a leader….thats my presido

  2. The issue is that we all know the problems.WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT THEM SINCE YOU ARE IN THE driver’s SEAT?

  3. Well said Mr President. Please tell them again when addressing the conference that WE DONT NEED THEIR MONEY BUT TECHNOLOGY. At least we can now happily say we have a president in Zambia.

  4. Good points raised! Industrialization of Zambia is very key, but who initiates this huge project? Zambians and their Govt, we do expect or dream that donors will make the first step, No! It is Zambia to take that huge, expensive project. Hence Zambia needs leaders who think big and wide.

    • Napapa sana, thats a point!! Only Zambia and its leadership can leader the way, the colonialists who find their survival on the underdevelopment of africa and zambia in particular will never give u GENUINE support to breakaway from dependency on them….A “conference on Zambia’s emancipation to being a PRODUCER thru TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER ” to brain storm the way forward not bad idea

  5. Last comment, sentence should read ” we do not expect or dream that donors will make first step”

  6. You are begging for technology? It is begging all the same. Educate your youth properly so that they can develop the technology you need. No one will hand out technology for free. It costed them millions to educate their citizenry who can invent such technology. May be he should talk about the first world investing in beneficiation technology in Africa, not being handed out to for free. Its Ukwa time for sure. CNP.

    • A lot tech advancements are achieved in govt sponsored labs such as NASA and State Universities. So, not all gizmo are a derivative of private research and development dollars. A lot of patents, trademarks and copyrights are held by public institutions and the Chinese and Japanese realized this a long time ago.

      Ever heard of technology spies such as the Taiwanese-American scientist at Los Alamo who was accused of being a Chinese spy. Since 2008 the US has charged at least 57 defendants for attempting to spy for China. Technology can transfer through spying then piracy.

      What the President is saying here is that we what to learn from you based on tax dollars pumped into research instead of tax dollars given as donations, and we can have technology transfers. Get facts straight, thanks.

  7. i am not a supporter of the PF but here the President got it right……..i hope he can continue to say such inspiring words which will give confidence to the rest of the people here in zambia and abroad that your the man for the job

    • After some advise from Nawakwi… This is the same lady who was saying it will be a JOKE for Zambia to be ruled by Mr Sata.. Here the two foes shares ideas :)

  8. This one is a beatiful piece Mr president. Value addition is what we need to emphasise. Remember that the “Lazy Man Does Not Roast What He Took In Hunting”.

  9. That was good Mr president, keep it up and continue marketing our beloved country to the outside world for would be investors!

  10. Elias Chipimo wrote the speech….good u carried the boy! Good boy Elias stay close to the man

  11. ” his usual sense of humour” it appears there were more jokes in the speech than the substance. More of a comedian!!

  12. @9, Col Galu Chanda Beu

    We expect more of such negative comments from u bcoz you have an everlasting hatred for President Sata. Elias was invited to participate and not write speeches. The speech was probably written 2 months ago. Grow up.

  13. Well delivered Your Excellency. Infact 80% of those unemployed are youths, but right now moe and more of those who retired a long time have been resurrected to up jobs meant for young people.These should be addressed, If one is not able to sort out their lives upto 50 years they should pave way for their children period!!!!!!!!!

    • You are one brainless matha faka. The solution is not to fight for already existing jobs, but to create new ones. There is more than enough work to create hundreds of thousands of jobs and the work will still not be complete

  14. well said! but we all know he read a speech that was written for him. Probably has no clue what he was saying. You know chimbwi ni chimbwi u cant sugarcoat. lol. Have a pleasant day ladies and gents

    • imwe ba n# 16 ubupuba, he also proof reads his speech before delivering it to the people with ears out there, so nachikalipa thats why you ve started irrelevant issues from your stupid brain.

  15. Well put Mr. president, thats the way to go for sure. To achieve this we need dual citizenship as analysed by Prof Chirwa so that the Zambian in the diaspora can bring the technology knowledge that they are using to develop other countries and instead develop Zambia. NO FORIEGNERS CAN DEVELOP ZAMBIA, ITS US ZAMBIANS TO DEVELOP OUR COUNTRY. DUAL CITIZENSHIP IS THE ANSWER!!!

  16. inshimbi ni nshimbi that’s how a presidential material talks.not ka tonga bullshit.tell them ba president

  17. This is what is expected of HE. Well done Dr. Sata keep it up and you humour was cool too.

  18. @11         U missed the point my guy, in his usual sense means he never reads on paper nut speaks from what he has in his heart. wonderful!!!!

  19. So who is going to give you this technology? And which technology do you want transferred to Zambia? What is gov’t doing about deforestation as Zambia is amongst the 10 countries in the world that are fast losing their forests? What is the gov’t doing about the dirty environment in the cities in Zambia? Why does a Zambian president or of any African have this mistaken belief that they are qualified to speak for the whole continent? Please learn to speak for your country only! This speech should be followed by concrete action back home otherwise it will just remain a speech!

  20. technology transfers start from education. when we rundown our institutions of learning, we are automatically making our efforts to adopt new technologies an impossible task. we need to jack up our school labs and the teaching of all sciences in all our public schools. The focus of education for the past 20 years has been on defrauding parents because the educational system has been poorly managed and funded at all levels.

  21. “He was speaking during a side session on greening the gross domestic product” You can’t speak on the ‘main’ event, not trusted?? Good speech though. Also, ensure that our young graduates from Zed universities are given a chance to use and develop more technology. But with Nsanda, GBM, Kawimba, Ukwa-CNP in Govt – I doubt if these chaps can appreciate the importance of technology 

  22. Sata needs to know that technology transfer is preceeded by good education and an educated nation. Yet PF is not doing anything to improve education; unza lecturers are on go-slow as PF does not want to improve conditions of service, high education institituions have poor funding and limited numbers of students etc.

  23. But technology costs money, does it not?

    I think the big man should ask his team to list the technology the country needs and this the donors will buy from private companies in their countries and give to Zambia. We need money but we must specify the form.

  24. What a despot of a president, who wasted natural resources,he has already forgotten about his poaching escapedes in Kafue National Park under Chiluba.

  25. # 24 DJ Chris Dee, you have no understanding of how the world works and what Sata is saying. That aside.
    I agree to the above that what Sata is stating is really NAREP manifesto. Technological transfer can only be achieved by
    $direct private investment in the country.
    $Dual citizenship is also another
    $Promoting remittance and giving incentives to Zambian abroad to invest in Zambia
    $Reducing tribalism and nepotism in  the civil service

  26. Hollow speech.Empty as usual.Nothing new as this issues have been said a hundred times before but nothing has happened due to lack of planning and with CNP at the helm, you must be fool to get excited over empty speeches that end up within the confines of the conference.It is clear that the man-CNP knows nothing about what he was talking,continue pretending that you have a wise president when he is just enriching himself and his clan forest.

  27. So what are his plans for putting what he says into practice? What strategies have pf put in place to foster technology transfer or even better to promote indigenous technological innovation? The govt controlled Daily Mail censored the fact that he said whiskey is polluting to the environment.

  28. SO WHAT DO YOU PEOPLE WANT FROM PRESIDENT SATA?

    YOU MUST HAVE SOMETHING PERSONAL AGAINST THE MAN. IT IS NOT ABOUT LEADERSHIP.

    I WOULD NOT BE SURPRISED THAT BY HIS BEING ELECTED INTO GOVERNMENT, YOUR LIVELIHOODS CAME TO AN END SINCE YOU WERE ALL FEASTING ON THE MMD TABLE, WHICH, SADLY IS NO MORE.

    SIMPLE WISDOM SAYS THAT WE MUST GIVE PRAISE WHERE IT IS DUE.

    WELL DONE PRESIDENT SATA AND YOUR DELEGATION!

  29. i posted this on the ZWD, but Loyd Hiimomba has refused to publish it. there is a story written by Lawyer Armstarm- LAWYER FOR HENRY BANDA- SON NTO RB

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Who does Armstardam think he is? Let him not poke his long nose in our Affairs! I must tell this guy Armstardam, that you are not the right person to tell Zambia what to do about the k4billion loan, we will decide ourselves we are not short of bright minds… Country men be careful with the corrupt, when they gang up against the system , the use all sorts of missiles to throw at the Gvt.. Who is Armstardam to talk about appointments in the Diplomatic and Govt. positions, Who is he? You people suppoting this fool, tell us who this fool is. i wonder…………….

    • In bemba we say, amano yafuma mwifyesa elyo yaya pachulu, it matters less who is talking but what he is talking. When we start analysing issues from that angle, it will help a lot. Therefore, if Henry stole, let him payback and if Mmembe got money dubiously let him pay. There should be no sacred cows

  30. You can not say in one breath you dont want to be dependent but in the next you want technology transfer. Is that not begging in a different way? Who is going to hand over technological expertise just like that when they have invested money and manpower to produce it? Technological expertise is economic power and no one will give it to you on a silver platter. What we should be trying to do is come up with our own innovations using the resources we have which we can own the patents and the rights to, and export to the rest of the world. Asking for technology transfer is begging in a different guise.

  31. Well spoken #18 Zed Politics.
    Sata’s speech rich and to the point on sustainable development. Definitely Chipimo’s finger-prints identified by content and context.
    The Zambians (human resources) are abundant locally at home and with support from those in the Diaspora, that is the reality.
    Cannot understand why dual citizenship is treated like a cancer, when it is supposed to be benign and the road to prosperity for Zambia.
    Until we have dual citizenship in Zambia, Rio will remain a Rio-ility!

  32. Nice to say that… so tell us what is your policy and plan to transfer the technology. This is just so much useless talk with no action. Is this the first time this been said?

  33. The ideas are there.
    The implementation is where the teething problems are.
    Dual citizenship is part of the answer in implementation to a road of prosperity.
    Well spoken #18 and #27.

  34. “This comment is pending approval by a site moderator” of 33b above.
    What is the meaning?
    A bit of paranoia was beginning to set in.
    That is why wrote for second time in 35 and seems to have gone straight on.

  35. We have technology transfer through ZESCO, what good has that done to us as citizens apart from loadshedding whitout end, and perennial apologies about this and that. Where is the GRZ in making sure that technology through hydro power not only gives us energy throughout the day, week, month and year after year, but is also to power agriculture, create jobs, etc. Even the idea of us having skills in web-design among youths et al is technology already transferred: how has the GRZ made efforts to see to it that the curriculum in tertiary education is applying these skills so that youths are self-employed in such high return entrepreneurial fields. Talking, talking, talking to the world to sound populist is not helpful. the solutions lie in our midst. Take them up and apply them now!

  36. How does technology transfer occur?

    For the little I know, technology costs a lot of money to develop and is normally private sector developed. Zambia needs to develop an evironment where the private sector can thrive. This includes education system of high standards, easier access to project finance and investment, govt having a plan etc etc etc.

    Without that, Zambia will continue depending on donor aid. Dont expect donor countries to give you technology because it is not theirs. it belongs to private companies and enterpreneurs in those countries.

  37. You honestly wonder the level of education in Zambia to think that something so forked is worth praising. Anybody who has been to school enough knows that technology costs money. Companies expend billions on research and development and it is stupidity of the worst kind for a whole head of state to think that the owners of copyrights would ooze the technology to us like manna from heaven, for free. This technology is created in research centres and universities, fund them and stop begging for money in disguise. This is Ukwa No Plan gone gutless.

  38. Nothing new, we have heard this rhetoric sweet talk several times, people have written volumes of articles about this topic. What we need are clear policies, resources and appropraite technocrats to implement. As long as we continue with extravagant expenditures, misappropriation of funds, nepotism, lack of prioritisation, corruption and little investment in education to shift the mind sets, even if all the technology is brought to us, we will still not develop.

  39. Sata is not making news by talking about the dependency syndrome as President Mrs Banda of Malawi is singing the same song on CNN. I wonder how many more african presidents are singing the same song in the big african choir. I hope the sudience will not say the song has been heard many times before and will close their ears.

  40. Only a fellow grade 7 can feel good about what Ukwa is saying….  he does not even understand the concept of technology transfer. How can a donor country transfer private held technology to Zambia?  And who do they transfer the technology to in Zambia? GRZ? Vendors on the street? Who?

    Like some blogger have said, you need to do the following for technology to come to Zambia;

    1. Stop appointing your relatives in important positions
    2. Respect the Zambian law
    3. Respect private property 
    4. Stop waking up and creating districts and provinces like its your village
    5. Use resources for development not for your friends Mathani, Nchito and Mmembe
    6. Create a business environment for investment for both locals and foriengners, so foreigner can transfer technology to locals

    • grade 7…please..respect others and you will receive respect in return…may God forgive you.

    • if zambia moves on that path,it at that time that we will be moving forward. so i always appreciate you posts

    • A lot tech advancements are achieved in govt sponsored labs such as NASA and State Universities. So, not all gizmo are a derivative of private research and development dollars. A lot of patents, trademarks and copyrights are held by public institutions and the Chinese and Japanese realized this a long time ago.

      Ever heard of technology spies such as the Taiwanese-American scientist at Los Alamo who was accused of being a Chinese spy. Since 2008 the US has charged at least 57 defendants for attempting to spy for China. Technology can transfer through spying then piracy.

      What the President is saying here is that we what to learn from you based on tax dollars pumped into research instead of tax dollars given as donations, and we can have technology transfers. Get facts straight, Pal

    • Only your point number 6 is relevant to technology transfer. Your points number 1 to 5 are totally irrelevant and sound more like you venting. 

  41. if he has plans for tecnology transfer, can he give us details now. otherwise, the old way of running govt and politics continues

  42. #45chimbwi no plan petrol can, so you what Chilufya Sata to begg? what is your point? learn to appreciate man, the president just harmmered the nail on the head. mind you he is not like RB Who went round the world begging for money to put in his Mpundu trust fimo fimo, corrupt family with his son’s Henry and Andrew. Sata speaks his mind straight up and his speech was nice, you cant ask more than this.

  43. #46, you need to be more analytical. #45 is saying Sata does not want to dependent yet he is begging as he says “…….just give us technology …..”.

  44. I like this one,”We do not have whisy, because it pollutes the enveroment” Well done Mr President.

  45. # Chakolwa – Does it really matter who wrote the speech, especially whoever may have written is Zambian. Presidents, even eloquent speakers like Obama rely on others for speeches. All they have to do is deliver and in this case Mr. Sata delivered well and we should appluad him for that. Lets not be be petty pls

  46. Good afternoon

    This is what I expect to hear from the head of State.

    We shall only be truly independent when we are fully dependent on ourselves. It will be a relief to see that these words are backed up with a national priority plan to establish academic structures accross the country.
    There’s just no way that a major exporter of copper and a country where almost anything grows can continue to rely on donor aid forever. We have the capacity to cast away the begging spell for our future generations. Let’s start now!

  47. Well said Mr. President i am coming to your Aid in technology transfer. Will be bringing technology home and will begin to innovate technology from there too.

  48. Good speech but this is typical ‘Ukwa style lip service’. Technology transfer can only happen if you create sustainable peaceful environment for investors. Investors do not like to invest long term in countries where leaders only employ their tribesmen and relatives in key positions; they don’t invest in countries where the president is a close friend to Mugabe or Sudan’s Bashir; they don’t invest in countries where the police brutalise peaceful protestors; they don’t invest in countries where there is interferance in the operations of the Judiciary; they don’t invest in countries where the ruling party and major newspapers openly encourage tribal divisions. If u want investors to invest long term then start by putting ur house in order. Make every Zambian feel proud and free!!!

  49. don’t tell us want we know. this is the problem with politicians they keep saying the same old things we know. tell us your solutions. secondly the president is wrong on the cause of unemployment. actually its cause by gov running everything instead of making zambians in the form of small businesses to run everything. tourism is RSA is booming yet its people and not gov that run it. MCS is already offering waiving visa for foriegners and has offered nothing to zambians. give us the opportunity to run private game reserves, give us tittle deeds to land so we can use it as collateral, bring back medical aid schemes so people can open up hospital and bring in medical equipment, create a fund managed by reputable finance institutions to fund small zambian business. 

  50. We all know the problems there is nothing new here the question is where is the plan and how/when will it be implemented?

  51. #57 RB did not go round the world to beg – he brought in 4 billion dollars in investment in the three years of his tenure. Unsurprisingly you miss the point I am making. People invest money and manpower to come up with technological advances, so why should they transfer it to Zambia or anywhere in Africa for free? Ukwa should not be talking about transferring technology, he should be talking about us innovating technology for our own use as well as to market to the world. Technology transfer is another form of begging. Why not use the vast resources we have both human and natural to invent goods that will enhance the lives of our people? What plan did Ukwa outline as regards the support of technology in Zambia? Technology yakuti when you cant even guarantee an electric supply!

  52. innovations and investments by your people Mr. President will move a lot of individuals out of poverty

  53. President Michael Sata has told international delegates and other presidents that whiskey pollutes the environment.
    Sata who is attending the Rio+20 world conference on climate change and sustainable development in Rio, Brazil was speaking Wednesday evening.
    During his remarks, Sata invited the delegates to travel to Zambia next year to attend the United Nations World Tourism Conference which will be co-hosted by Zimbabwe .
    “Come to Zambia and see what we have. We will waive some visa requirements and give you a visa on arrival.
    “We have enough water for everyone, including the Greeks and Italians. We have wild animals and there is a lot more to see. The only thing we do not have in abundance is whiskey and that is because whiskey pollutes the environment,” he said.

  54. Ukwa you are a joke indeed

    You go dinning with your friend Mugabe and then go asking his enemies for technology and you think they will be falling all over to give to you…

    Mudala ukaleke akachamba

    • The difference between a wise man and one who is not is that a Wise man learns even from foolish people while a fool can not learn even after giving him a thousand canes. I hope you have learnet something from His Excellence The President of the Republic of Zambia, Mr Micheal Chilufya Sata’s Speech. Good day.

  55. The same way he was talking during campaigns,he is just a good orator,how many Chinese has he stopped from rearing chickens or venturing into businesses which Zambians can do.Only fools are praising him nothing to write home about for now.Talking and acting are two different things anyway.

  56. Chilufya no plan – CNP says whiskey pollutes the environment. The man who was against tourism because it is bad for the environment, sees no irony in using an extremely polluting form of transport a helicopter to fly from the airport to state house. He sees no irony in taking a huge delegation mostly made up of relatives who will have no input into the environment conference despite flying being a major contributor of our collective carbon footprint? What beggars belief is that there still some people who actually believe in this buffoon, meaning that there are people even less endowed in brain power than him!

  57. The Rio+20 world conference on climate change and sustainable development is a follow up of the 1992 Rio De janerio conference. The rich nationals and the poor are talking from different stand points of protecting the environment while forging economic development for the continued and sustained development in the developed economies and for the amancipation of poor third world countries. It is imperative for Africa and all third world countries to push for TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER to allow for the poor countries to advance themselves with least impact on the environment. The president spoke well! Further, other propositions like the rich paying for forgone development in interest of protecting the environment have been scorned by the rich & powerful nations of the world! GOOD JOB HEMCS!

  58. Good point as others said already, we need technology not dollar. Problem of unemployment GRZ should accept that they are not doing enough to help the citizens . We want investor to come and employ us bad spirit. Job creation by local people it will help more.

  59. Technology can only be transfered by sending your citizens to learn about what you want them to do and set up industries that are managed by Zambians. Technology transfer is man itself Mr President if you are not aware. You are the president so solve the problems instead of just yapping about them in the public without taking any action. We have known about these problems for years and years. You promised to fix unemployment and it is almost one year since you were elected but youth unemployment is going up. You know the problems and now find the solution

  60. If any critic amongst the bloggers does not applaud the President’s sentiment then one is just evil….. words well-articulated than most boring academics, come on people, pleasing everyone who goes abroad and picks up an accents has let Africa as a whole in a worse situation….this is true leadership…. speak of a current problem than a fine cost researched article reaching duff ears…. who cannot understand what Sata said both poor and rich, uneducated and educated….. Viva Sata…viva PF

  61. THIS WILL MOSTLY BE REALIZED BY HAVING ZAMBIANS COMING HOME & NOT BEING DEMONISED FOR HAVING LEFT THE COUNTRY!! THEY WILL MOSTLY BRING BACK THIS TECH TRANSFER FOR A FRACTION OF THE COST, however, NOT WHEN THEY ARE BEING TREATED LIKE CRIMINALS BANNISHED FROM THEIR HOMELAND – WHICH NO MORTAL SOUL CAN EVER TAKE AWAY FROM ANY ONE!!! IF IT MEANS HAVING MULTIPLE PASSPORTS, WE WILL!!!!

  62. All freaks & geeks calling others names like bufoons and CNP on this blog do not deserve to be debating important subjects as your comments are a destraction from having consistent arguments which are thought provoking. Childish irritants! Go and grow up before joining important debate about mother EARTH Vs DEVELOPMENT! fyolaaaaa!

  63. Ba Chipimo wesu Chinshi Chalenga you have been bought already. the end even b4 you start. Rubbish!

  64. # 77 KAMWENDO, you need to take heart and submit to the technical committee reviewing the constitution to ensure that dual citizenship is allowed in our country. It is part of the solution to transfer of technology. However, ther is much more that needs to be done like improve the curriculum content of the education system in Zambia. Creating deliberate policies such as all foreign companies must reserve a certain percentage for indigenous Zambians is another and getting assembly plants set up for simple equipments (considering the cheap labour cost in Zambia) will also allow Zambia achieve the technology transfer faster. Zambian academicia has a lot of write ups on technological transfer policies and these should be revisited and funds sourced to implement some of these innovative ideas.

  65. Some of you are very easy to manipulate and politicians enjoy to decieve such people. Sata has been saying alot of good things but he has no capacity to fulfil any. There is literally nothing in his speech for any sane person to celebrate. The man won’t develop Zambia no matter how he reads ill prepared speeches. Just wait and see what the true colours of the man are when he starts to breath fire on even you his henchmen and women.

  66. this is really sickening!! going by the overwhelming number of posts praise singing on this blog, one would be forgiven to think that what sata read or said is rocket science! zambians quit the slumber!!! disgusting!!! nonsense!! whats wrong with this population… in the last 50 years you mean to tell me that none of you have been attuned to this obviouss fact? nonsense!

  67. We are just recycling terminologies. KK used to call for technology transfer as a remedy to loans as far back as the 80s!! What has changed? Then Kafupi came with his Enabling Environment story and most of you bolted from the scene. Now the new dispensation is blackmail of no technology or investment unless dual citizenship!!! I am watching the next 20 years…

  68. Please people how can you call someone coming all the way from China to come and sell kaunjika an investor? Instead of bringing equipment to start manufacturing those shoes in Katete, Chinese are busy competing with locals in the selling of things like shoes. Inu mungalore munthu waku China kuti adzakuphunzitseni kuphika ndi kugulitsa nsima pa msika? Kupusa nkutani mmudziwa kuti anthuwa akutigwira mmaso. Abweretse investiment yeni-yeni, osati izi zopusa zomapikisana ndi eni dziko….. Malabishi. So what is MCS rapping about.

  69. In the picture, akaice ka Alias Chipimo Jnr nakadabwa how intellegent Michael is. Kaseme fye! So is Nawakwi. Michael is a big brain, mwe bantu imwee..!!!

  70. And Dr Chirwa, bring the technology you designed in Germany to Zambia. What have you done in thid technological transfer from the west to Zambia:?

  71. No doubt we need sustainable development, sustainable interventions, sustainable investments, sustainables use of funds without which, donor money is at rist of choking the nations economy after withdraw…….

  72. More than 40 years after independence we still think technology is free? Remeber that Zambia used to assemble Fiat, Mitsubishi and Land Rover/Range Rover vehicles. The government never supported these industries well enough to keep them going. Most government vehicles were imported separately from other countries. Zambia also used to make Dunlop Tires and Exide batteries. Zambia Railways used to build railway wagons based on technology transfer from Sweden. Zambia has to build a large reserve of trained (beyond high school) people in order to sustain the technology and manufacturing experstise. The president has no concept of what it takes to provide the enabling environment for manufacturing. Brazill is # 1 in producing commuter aircraft called Embraier. They also have 8 million Japanese

  73. I don’t agree with Sata on this business of technology transfer.Asking for transfers is saying i’m too lazy and daft to come up with my own innovation .In any case this technology belongs to private sector corporations that have invested lots of $$ into research & development.You can’t on the one hand say you don’t need handouts and on the other ask for technology transfers.Asking for transfers is still begging Mr Sata.

    • A lot tech advancements are achieved in govt sponsored labs such as NASA and State Universities. So, not all gizmo are a derivative of private research and development dollars. A lot of patents, trademarks and copyrights are held by public institutions and the Chinese and Japanese realized this a long time ago.

      Besides, not all gizmos need to be invented locally … sometimes what you need is just not to reinvent the wheel, somebody already did that. By the way Donors are not businesses, it is individual governments that are usually donors. 

      If you live in the US and you pay taxes, you are also a donor to several African countries because the Fed uses taxpayers dollars to donate money these countries. So, when people talk about donor funding, think about yourself as a donor too.

  74. *****loud sound of people clapping in applause************loud sound of people clapping in applause*******

    Very good speech Mr President. Technology is what will definitely set us free, reduce the red tape, increase efficiency and reduce stinking corruption in the civil service.

     *******loud sound of people clapping in applause**************loud sound of people clapping in applause*******

  75. Big countries give citizenship to qualified people in order to boost their production systems. With Zambia having many capable and trained young working in high technology industries around the world – dual citizen ship will prepare some of them to be part of a pool which can be tapped for high tech manufacturing in Zambia. Just quit doing the same thing over and over and then expect a different outcome – it is the epitomy of “INSANITY”.

  76. continue president that what we are hoping to see as the real development that will create more jobs.let change technology with our minerals rather than money.Africa raise up

  77. The dual citizenship campaign by the diaspora will choke any normal debate for now! The solution to any developmental issue that comes up for debate is now DUAL CITIZENSHIP, my arse! The world climatic change needs optimistic and pragmatic leadership. It needs people who realise that we cannot continue polluting and deforesting the earth at current pace and expect to have the earth for our great, great, great grand children. The poor nations have to deal with imminent lack of basic needs and the policies may be good in the short-term, but very detrimental in the long run. How do you balance allowing indiscriminate opening of mines in the thrid world to create jobs and preservation of the environment? We definately need better exploration and mining technology and policies! How about that?

  78. Inshimbi Ninshimbi……this is what we have been missing from all the presidents we have had.Mr Sata is so far an asset type of a president that zambia has ever produced.This is what a president must say.kulaumfwa ne chimwemweeee…when the president is speaking.Not uletina ati limbi balalufyanyaaaaa…..kwati nyaba balipooo.

  79. Ohh please this man has no clue what he is talking about apart from stating the obvious. All you numb PF supporters read dead aid by Dambisa Moyo.

  80. Great job, Mr. President … I thing I really like about you is that you are a very fast learner. Some of us have echoed this for years and it was a relief to hear you say it the exact same way we have put it and I quote,

    “You can keep your money, just give us technology because that is what we need to sustain ourselves. No country has ever developed by begging. That is not sustainable. Africa has been begging for a long time and it is time to make a real difference through technology transfer,” he told an applauding audience of delegates.

    Long live on this Mr. President.

  81. What rubbish!! He is begging for Technology and cant realise it. Where is he going to apply this technology when his team of kaponyas has no clue? Besides technology on what? 

  82. BAUZE MUDALA!! The president is right. Our problem in Zambia is talking too much rather than doing, and trying to sound more sophisticated where it is only the basics that we need to address. Some of these basics are:

    1. Use our statics to project how many quality schools, hospitals, housing units, kilometers of tarred roads, etc we’ll need in 30yrs time and reduce these numbers and their corresponding budgets into annual allocations per sector, then use these figures as our annual Revenue collection targets. 2. Exercise the discipline of spending monies strictly for the gazetted purpose 3. Make unauthorised, fruitless and misapplication of public funds as well as failure to utilised funds for the intended purpose an unbailable criminal offence.

  83. This is wisdom and it is only God who given, why should some chaps think that our President is now applying borrowed words or wisdom from Chipimo??? Come guys lets not just say things without thinking. We all share idias therefore if what the President said has logic, then lets all appreciate that saying amafi. Better think before you say something than think after NAUNYA KALE !!! Plizzzzzzzzzz.
    Ba SATA ninshimbi for real and we appreciate you MR PRESIDENT !!!! Wamene chababa azimangilile chabe !!!:((

  84. No wonder Zambians are easily cheated. You applaud such talk by Sata? Can anyone answer my earlier question: how many pronouncements has Sata made and not fulfilled? Can Sata or Kabimba or any PF guy give us Sata’s/PF’s detailed plan for tech transfer e.g., what type of tech and what resources will be used? If no answer comes in the next one hour, then no plan exists! Old politics: you make pronouncements before you plan.

  85. A lot tech advancements are achieved in govt sponsored labs such as NASA and State Universities. So, not all gizmo are a derivative of private research and development dollars. A lot of patents, trademarks and copyrights are held by public institutions and the Chinese and Japanese realized this a long time ago.

    Ever heard of technology spies such as the Taiwanese-American scientist at Los Alamo who was accused of being a Chinese spy. Since 2008 the US has charged at least 57 defendants for attempting to spy for China. Technology can transfer through spying then piracy.

    What the President is saying here is that we what to learn from you based on tax dollars pumped into research instead of tax dollars given as donations, and we can have technology transfers. Get facts straight, Pals

    • Ok ,Mumba not all innovations are derived from private research but an overwhelming percentage of patents are private.You’ll find a lot of U.S ,European and Korean/Japanese firms suing and countersuing due to infringement of copyrighted material.What you’re alluding to can only be termed as govt to govt transfer.What research are we doing in zambia as individuals/private firms or companies to advance ourselves? Remember a good bunch of firms in California started in private garages.

  86. Let’s briefly look at technological developement of a country. I have no doubt in my mind
    that we have bright individuals in Zambia who can design, implement, and manage technology.
    The question is what do we do with bright ideas that spring up from various institutions of learning?
    Some of the institutions of learning hold science fair exhibitions where the student talent
    is unvield to the people in attendance. Of those projects that are exhibited, some are original.
    Unfortunately for Zambia, not many businesses participate in the sponsorship of these Science
    Fairs or individual student projects. This being the case, how can we as nation be requesting
    for technological transfer and yet we have not done much to develop our own?

  87. Let’s start with small
    ideas and build up on those. As an example, a conveyer belt does not require much in terms of
    components to be integrated. Locally we have engineers, technologists, technicians, programmers,
    and assemblers who can be grouped as a team to come up with a working model. Businesses in
    need of a converyer belt system will have to contact the development team for one to be
    manufactured. If the demand for the system is high, there will be a need to employ more
    technical people to timely produce the system. Another example I have is that of Traffic
    Lights (Robots). The primary component for this system is a PLC (Programmable Logic Controller).
    Sensors to monitor presence of a vehicle are copper loop wires.

  88. Yes, we do have
    individuals locally who can program PLC’s. Why should we go outside the country to purchase
    a complete system including programmers? All we need is purchase the PLC’s and move on from there.
    one we do this, we shall have Traffic Lights at most of our road junctions and control
    traffic congestion at peak hours.
    By the way, the PLC is the main control element in the modern process control systems such as
    the Oil Refinery, Hydro Power Generation Station, Food Processing Plant, Cement Processing
    Plant, and so on. If we put our heads together, we can do it. One Zambia One Nation.

  89. I don’t like Coby (and that is my right!!), but I agree with what he says here. I hope he can back his words with action.

  90. Besides, not all gizmos need to be invented locally … sometimes what you need is just not to reinvent the wheel, somebody already did that. By the way Donors are not businesses, it is individual governments that are usually donors. 

    If you live in the US and you pay taxes, you are also a donor to several African countries because the Fed uses taxpayers dollars to donate money to these countries. So, when people talk about donor funding, think about yourself as a donor too.

    Some of these concepts are hard for some to understand, including the President. When he is talking to Zambians in Diaspora, these are individuals paying taxes in foreign countries, taxes are part of what the US, UK, Denmark, etc use to send budgetary and balance of payments support as donors. I AM A DONOR!!!

  91. Iwe,bwana B.R Mumba umekosea hapo.Hata kama nalipa ushuru hapa USA hiyo ni sheria ni lazima nilipe.Lakini sio lazima serikali ya Marekani isaidie zambia kwa misaada na hiyo aid inaweza katwa wakati wowote.Hiyo argument yako bwana Mumba ni ile ya “sense of entitlement” sababu unalipa ushuru na haina tofauti na wale “welfare queens” wanaongoja serikali iwape food stamps na nyumba.Real progress ni ile unapata kwa jasho na siyo ya kupewa.Bwana Mumba remember -earned ,not given kama vile majeshi wanavyosema.

    • Bwana Mzambia wa zamani: Wow, we unasema kweri sababu akuna maambo panka hiye wanaongoja serikali iwape food stamps na nyumba. Unani chekesha Nduku … wow, I have not used Swahili in a long time but you really made my day, I am now learning German and Italian so send me some of that in those languages as well, as you know I got French under my belt already … thanks a trillion.

  92. Technology transfer is not a newly discovered method identified to accelelate development in developing countries. Mr Sata has been in all goverments before PF govt and if he was serious with one of the latest discovered necesities of development was ‘Technology Transfer’. However, technology comes after years of research and such technology can not be handed over for nothing to any begging country for it. Japanese, Koreans, Germany and USA have to reseach hard to be competititve on the world stage and will not easly pass it over to another country on charitable basis. To ask owners of technology to keep their money and only let them give us technology is not only rude and childish but unprofessional and unstatemanship as it implies they are under an obligation to give technology to us.

  93. The Zambian Skull has huge problems, simple things fail go through our brains sometimes. We over engineer things and come up with nothing. It is so sad to read some comments on this, God bless Zambia. 

    I know one thing to be true, in 1980 the British Council carried IQ Test in sub-Saharan Africa and the results were shocking. An average Zambian had the highest IQ and I can still proudly call my people “the smart people of the Zambian Enterprise”.

    The question is what is technology transfer and how does it occur? If you work in the tech industry of any sort, you would understand this. Without that understanding, gizmos would out wit one … just because reference is made to donors does not mean the President is begging for anything, I rest my case.

  94. Now I know this website is full of hypocrisy. All those who are commenting, none of you has even noticed that RB had a son as Ambasador (sp)to India! If it was Mulenga Sata sent to India, you would have all been crying on how tribalistic ur Ukwa is. Hypocrites!!!! Now you are all defending Andrew. You cried foul on sata’s delegation. here’s one Andrew banda, his father sent him to live on tax payers money in India. Hypocrites, what do you have to say? At least sata has not sent a son in diplomatic mission. His son stood as Councillor around Lsk and I believe he won. Zambianwatchdog. useless Tonga blog. Mukose!!!

  95. There are only three ways for technology transfer to take place: 

    1) You steal it or spy which is still stealing (this is against the law and no one should do it). 
    2) You collaborate with the inventors (I believe this is what the President is advocating for). 
    3) You license it (you set-up shop on your own with the help of the patent owners but from your proceeds you pay royalties back to the originators)

    The third way is a normal business enterprise, from which you can have franchises, owner operated enterprises, etc. In the second way, universities, bilateral measures on govt to govt level, and other public institutions can share technologies, etc. Also at collaborative level, even private entities do gizmo transfers through what is referred to as “shareware”, no begging.

  96. The speech was good…. next time he should cosider taking with him some students studying Environmental Economics/Education at Masters or Doctoral level for the speech to be excellent.We have a lot abroad,go to burssaries.What does Nawakwi and Chipimo know about Carbon secuestration,GHGs anyway?

  97. @Makaveli did you mean sequestration?? Just wondering coz I have never seen the term you have used.

  98. UKWA; ” I had a dream!”

    ZAMBIANS; ” Yes…tell us”

    UKWA; ” I tell you, I had a dream!”

    ZAMBIANS; ” Yes, yes… tell us!”

    UKWA; ” I…. I…. I…..I have forgotten what it was”

  99. # 125 zam1
    After some advise from Nawakwi… This is the same lady who was saying it will be a JOKE for Zambia to be ruled by Mr Sata.. Here the two foes shares ideas :)

  100. What the President is saying has been known by the Chinese for more than a thousand years. According to a Chinese proverb, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”Unless you hate the man who is saying that you can really not argue with that. I also agree with those who are saying that technology development requires emphasis on education.

  101. #58 MWIPONTA MUKABWELA – With due respect Sir, stop parroting Fred Mmembe’s propaganda. Rupiah Banda is not in government any more. If Fred Mmembe had any evidence of Rupiah Banda’s corruption, he would have already presented it to a very eager Government Task force to lift Banda’s immunity. He has not done so apart from the rubbish on Mpundu Trust which was well explained to the police by Thandiwe as a loan. But you till wont stop the false propaganda. Remember your false propaganda has already worked very well and Sata is in State House. Do the job now, but don’t forget to collect our K14bn from Mmembe your Josef Goebels.

  102. Some bloggers are reacting like Sata has said something new. Congratulations for saying the obvious. The debate over aid versus technology is on going

  103. It makes sense to beg money; I wonder if it does to beg technology.
    Technology you must acquire it, it is also associated with policies you put in place.
    Policies that promote technological innovation.
    If you have to make a difference, you dont beg technology but apply yourself.
    You cannot develop by beggging technology but by encouraging enovation. There must be inventions being made through innovation which you can then export to other countries, not coppying what they have done already because you will always follow behind and you cant beat them.

    I thought president SATA was doing things differently by replacing begging with self trust and confidence.
    They give us technology?? but who gave them? how did they acquire it? When shal we stop thinking receive, receive, receive???

  104. #135 cont’d..
    SATA wants to beg the west to give him technology??
    The question he forgot to ask is How did they acquire that knowledge?
    Were they give that technology?
    If they were given, who gave them?
    If they got that technology by being given, then begging for it is the method for having it.
    Otherwise, it is a deadly syndrome to always think for us to have anything we have to beg from others!!!
    SATA is not doing anything different from what others have done.

  105. You see what I meant in #106 above, a lot of bloggers are theorising about the little “dionko” of development studies they were taught and sounding very sophisticated for nothing, yet our real challenge is the mentality of the average Zambian about ; 1. How useful each of us should be to the country 2. Stopping to think govt can solve every individual’s problem, 3. The importance of being effect and accountable in our jobs 4. Time keeping, etc. Now you’re talking about NASA and what what…..

  106. You pipi in the diaspora,dual citizenship is your only interst.you fail to buy plots here in Zambia so what technolgy can you bring?putting up old pipos homes ukusuka utukote.mwanaka namafi yabakote,relax you will get the Dual,meanwhile continue ukupipa utukote.

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