Mines Minister Christopher Yaluma says government is ready to welcome home its professionals from the diaspora.
Bright Mukwasa reports that speaking on the sidelines of the Africa Down Under 2015 Conference which ends today when he met Zambians living in Australia, Mr Yaluma says Zambia has taken a good turn for development.
Mr Yaluma says Zambia needs the expertise from abroad to help build the nation.
And speaking on behalf of Zambians in Perth, Mapanza Nkwilimba says Zambians in the Diaspora have a duty to contribute to national development.
Meanwhile, Japanese Ambassador to Zambia Kiyoshi Koinuma has advised Zambians to take up rice production along with maize cultivation.
Ambassador Koinuma says the Japanese government is willing to improve the agriculture sector in Zambia especially rice production.
ZANIS reports that the Japanese envoy said his government seeks to identify a suitable place for rice production on the Copperbelt province.
Mr. Koinuma said this when he called on Copperbelt Province Minister Mwenya Musenge at his Office in Ndola.
And Mr Musenge says the country is working towards diversifying from mining to agriculture.
Meanwhile Ambassador Koinuma says Japanese companies are ready to partner with potential Zambian business entities especially in agriculture, mining and manufacturing.