DEPUTY Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Rayford Mbulu (Centre) during a bilateral meeting with Swedish Foreign Minister, Ms. Margot Wallstrom at Legends Golf Safari Resort in Limpopo, South Africa on Friday, 10th April, 2015. With Mr. Mbulu are Assistant Director in charge of Development Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sylvester Mundanda, and First Secretary in charge of Economic and Trade at the Zambian High Commission in South Africa, Mr. Mande Kauseni (close to camera). The Swedish Minister was accompanied by her Political Advisor, Ms. Laila Naraghi and Deputy Head of the Africa Department in the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Anna Craenen.
DEPUTY Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Rayford Mbulu (Centre) during a bilateral meeting with Swedish Foreign Minister, Ms. Margot Wallstrom at Legends Golf Safari Resort in Limpopo, South Africa on Friday, 10th April, 2015. With Mr. Mbulu are Assistant Director in charge of Development Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sylvester Mundanda, and First Secretary in charge of Economic and Trade at the Zambian High Commission in South Africa, Mr. Mande Kauseni (close to camera). The Swedish Minister was accompanied by her Political Advisor, Ms. Laila Naraghi and Deputy Head of the Africa Department in the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Anna Craenen.

ZAMBIA has asked Sweden to help in the transformation of the health sector that Government has embarked on in order to improve service delivery.

This is according to a statement released by Nicky Shabolyo, press secretary at the Zambian High Commission in South Africa.

Zambia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Rayford Mbulu, said that he was aware that Sweden had advanced medical technology and that Zambia could benefit if areas of cooperation were identified and opened up. He said Government was focusing on improving the quality of health delivery and that this could easily be achieved with support from technologically advanced countries such as Sweden.

Mr. Mbulu made the appeal during a bilateral meeting with Swedish Foreign Minister, Ms. Margot Wallstrom held on the sidelines of the 14th Africa-Nordic Foreign Ministers Dialogue at Legends Golf Safari Resort in Limpopo, South Africa on Friday.

Mr. Mbulu also said that Zambia was looking for support in diversifying its economy by strengthening the agricultural and tourism sectors. He also appealed for scholarships for young Zambians, whom he said made up over 60 per cent of the population.

In her response, Ms. Wallstrom said Sweden could, in the short term, assist Zambia establish a specialised medical institution to treat spinal injuries.

She said this would be a worthwhile project as it would also come with other rare specialists such as neurologists. Sweden has already facilitated the establishment of similar facilities in Botswana and Namibia.

She said her country was looking forward to building on the existing relations in order to enhance value-based cooperation with Zambia for the benefit of the peoples of the two countries. The minister pointed out that Sweden will assess the requests made by Mr. Mbulu and see how Sweden could assist.

Meanwhile, Sweden has congratulated Zambia for holding peaceful elections on 20th January, 2015 which ushered in President Edgar Lungu. Ms. Wallstrom said Zambia has once again stood as a good example of how good governance should be practiced.

And speaking after the two-day event, Mr. Mbulu described the meeting as productive as it brought together individuals from different backgrounds from whom Zambia drew ideas to help in realising her objectives.

He said the African Union Agenda 2063 was well articulated at the meeting and that Zambia would draw lessons as the country implements the Vision 2030.

Mr. Mbulu said Zambia made her position clear on the commitment to upholding good governance adding that the country stood out in terms of empowering women as evidenced through appointments to key policy positions. He cited President Edgar Lungu’s appointment of Mrs. Inonge Wina, as Zambia’s first female Vice-President, and other female appointees holding senior positions in strategic government ministries and institutions as testimony to the commitment to achieving gender parity at decision making levels.

ZAMBIA'S High Commissioner to South Africa, His Excellency Mr. Muyeba Chikonde (r) welcomes Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister, Mr. Rayford Mbulu when he arrived at the venue for the 14th Africa - Nordic Meeting at Legends Golf Safari Resort in Limpopo, South Africa, on Friday, 10th April, 2015.
ZAMBIA’S High Commissioner to South Africa, His Excellency Mr. Muyeba Chikonde (r) welcomes Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister, Mr. Rayford Mbulu when he arrived at the venue for the 14th Africa – Nordic Meeting at Legends Golf Safari Resort in Limpopo, South Africa, on Friday, 10th April, 2015.
FOREIGN Affairs Deputy Minister, Mr. Rayford Mbulu, receives a gift from South Africa's Department of International Relations and Cooperation Protocol Officer, Mr. Christian Maluleka (R). Looking on are Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, His Excellency Mr. Muyeba Chikonde (L); First Secretary in charge of Economic and Trade at the Zambian High Commission in South Africa, Mr. Mande Kauseni (2nd left); Assistant Director in charge of Development Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sylvester Mundanda (2nd right).
FOREIGN Affairs Deputy Minister, Mr. Rayford Mbulu, receives a gift from South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation Protocol Officer, Mr. Christian Maluleka (R). Looking on are Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, His Excellency Mr. Muyeba Chikonde (L); First Secretary in charge of Economic and Trade at the Zambian High Commission in South Africa, Mr. Mande Kauseni (2nd left); Assistant Director in charge of Development Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sylvester Mundanda (2nd right).
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  1. Mr. Deputy Minister do your research before you yap. Zambia is already covered under the competitive Swedish Institute Study Scholarships which targets highly qualified students in developing countries.

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    • Sweden is a very boring place to be especially in winter. Visited Visby in Gotland maimai it was deserted and the people are quite cold plus its some expensive place. Wouldnt want to go back. Food is expensive and beer is usually 2percent and very expensive. I only experienced a bit of life when i visited Lund, Malmo and Stolkhom

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  2. Suits at the safari golf resort. Always wearing suits wow. Our Zambia has and is always asking for help from 19 penda ifikondo.

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