JAPANESE Ambassador to Zambia Kiyoshi Koinuma has said his country is contemplating giving Zambia financial support towards the presidential and general elections slated for next year.
Mr Kiyoshi said Japan has lined up a number of priority areas in which to help Zambia next year, top among them to contribute to the country’s general election, energy sector and the diversification of the agriculture sector.
He said the recent visit by Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s special envoy, Hisoshi Kikwanda, yielded positive results, which have made Japan decide to help Zambia, especially in the wake of economic challenges.
He was speaking in an interview at his residence yesterday.
“The last presidential election, Japan supported and made financial contribution to the Electoral Commission (of Zambia). And also next year, we are considering the possibility to support the election in Zambia together with other co-operating partners,” Mr Kiyoshi said.