Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba has welcomed the suggestion by the Estonia government to invest in digital technology in Zambia.
Mr. Kalaba said that Zambia stands ready to benefit from the expertise that the Estonia government was offering to Zambia in terms of the digital world.
ZANIS reports that Mr. Kalaba was speaking when he held bilateral talks with his counterpart from Estonia Sven Mikser in Addis Ababa Ethiopia yesterday on the sidelines of the AU summit.
Mr. Kalaba also called for enhanced bilateral relations with Estonia in order to cement the already existing relations that the two countries share.
“Zambia is excited that our two countries, Zambia and Estonia are yet again revitalizing their relations, and I must also take this opportunity to congratulate you on your decision to stand for the European Union (EU presidency,” he said.
The Zambian Foreign Affairs Minister also extended an olive branch to his Estonia counterpart to consider investing in the Agriculture sector.
Zambia is looking into diversifying to other important sectors of the economy by moving from dependence on Copper to Agriculture.
“We have been a mono economy for a long time and we are now looking at diversifying the economy and move onto to agriculture,” said Mr. Kalaba.
He also asked the Estonia delegation to consider sampling the tourist sites that Zambia has to offer adding that there were several areas that Estonia may wish to explore.
And Foreign Affairs Minister for Estonia Sven Mikser said the Estonian government was willing to invest in digital technology in Zambia.
Mr. Mikser said the digital agenda is one area that Zambia needs to take up especially now that the world has gone digital.
He said digital technology is important in governance issues as it establishes a link between the people and government.
And in reacting to Mr. Kalaba’s offer to explore other areas, Mr. Mikser said he would consider to explore the opportunities Zambia was offering.
The Estonia Minister has since called for enhanced cooperation between Zambia and Estonia.
He also used the opportunity to ask Zambia for her support to acquire a permanent seat at the UN Security Council.
Estonia is a Baltic country located in Europe and lies on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland, which is part of the Baltic Sea. The Eastern European country is boarded by Latvia and Russia, and shares a maritime border with Finland.
It is a developed country with an advanced, high-income economy and high living standards.
Estonia ranks very high in the Human Development Index, and performs favourably in measurements of economic freedom, civil liberties, education, and press freedom as reflected in its fourteenth ranking in the world as at 2015.