Zambia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations has urged Zambians in the Diaspora to speak positively about Zambia and its leadership to inspire confidence in investors, tourists and sustain the country’s image.
Her Excellency Dr Mwaba Kasese-Bota said this when she addressed Zambians resident in the Tri-State (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) in USA during celebrations to mark Zambia’s 51st Independence anniversary at the Permanent Mission to the United Nations on Saturday.
“I appeal to you to speak positively of Zambia, Zambia’s leadership and all Zambians wherever you are because that is the only way we will continue to attract and inspire confidence in investors, financers and tourists as well as maintain the good image that the world knows of Zambia,” Dr. Kasese-Bota said.
She said the Government was committed to meeting the aspirations of all Zambians through expansion of economic opportunities, harnessing entrepreneurship skills and innovations.
The Ambassador urged Zambians to be part of the domestic private sector for the country to record impressive economic development.
Dr Kasese-Bota informed the gathering that Zambia held the National Day of Prayer, Fasting and Reconciliation on October 18. The Ambassador said His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, led Zambians in rededicating the country to God.
“This is a new beginning to exhibit a unity of purpose which embraces each and every one of us, despite our different political affiliations, tribe and any other point of disparate, towards the common good for mother Zambia,” the Ambassador said.
Dr Kasese-Bota further informed the gathering that Zambia, together with other Members of the United Nations, on September 25 this year adopted and committed to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which focuses on eliminating poverty and enhancing social economic growth for all.
“This task requires all Zambians near and afar to join forces of innovation, transferring the best practices we have learned in our areas of expertise and comparative advantage from wherever we are to Zambia. This onus is therefore on us to ensure that Zambia attains the higher middle income status and better, by 2030,” said Dr Kasese-Bota.
Speaking on behalf of the community, president of the Zambian Family Association in the Tri-State, Patmo Shipo, paid glowing tribute to freedom fighters who contributed to Zambia’s independence.
Mr. Shipo praised President Lungu and his predecessors H.E. Mr. Michael Sata, H.E. Mr. Rupiah Banda, H.E. Dr. Levy Mwanawasa, H.E. Dr. Frederick Chiluba and H.E. Dr. Kenneth Kaunda for their contribution to Zambia’s development and promotion of unity through the “One Zambia One Nation” motto.