The Zambia Medical Association has announced that Zambia has been selected to host the World Medical Association Council meeting in 2017, becoming only the second African country after South Africa to do so.
Zambia was voted during the just ended World Medical Association, WMA Council meeting that took place in Oslo, Norway, last weekend.
The World Medical Association is an international organization representing physicians.It was founded on 17 September 1947, when physicians from 27 different countries met at the First General Assembly of the WMA in Paris.
Zambia Medical Association President Aaron Mujajati announced in a statement that an estimated 600 delegates, media personnel and their spouses are expected to come to Livingstone where the meetings will be held in April 2017.
Dr Mujajati said the competitive bid was unanimously given to Zambia after a rigorous bidding process.
‘This award is subjected to strict guidelines that include security, appropriate infrastructure and ease of access to the country. To be picked as host under such strict conditions is a huge credit to the government and peoples of Zambia who collectively have made this country attractive to the international community,’ Dr Mujajati said.
He said the association is looking forward to the multiple benefits the country stands to reap as a result of hosting a meeting of such magnitude.
‘We wish to take this opportunity to thank the Zambian government through the Minister of Health Dr. Joseph Kasonde who featured in our promotional video as he invited the world to come to Zambia. We also wish to thank the Tourism Board for availing ZMA with the video footage and magazines on Zambia that we used as part of our bid process.
He added, ‘As ZMA, we are happy to have served as the country’s ambassadors and the resultant revenue that the various providers of tourism products and services will access. We wish to call upon other professional bodies and civil society organizations to attract international conferences to the country and thereby contribute to the development of the tourism sector.’
Dr Mujajati said as medical practitioners, the successful bid is an affirmation of the quality of medical doctors in Zambia some of whom are and have been plying their trade with distinction for decades in different parts of the world.