The Turkish International Co-operation and Co-ordination Agency (TIKA) has expressed readiness to assist Zambia with technical training in waste management for technocrats in local authorities and the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA).
The pronouncement was made by TIKA Co-ordinator of Education and Training Projects Mustafa Hasim Polat when Charge d’ Affaires at the Zambian Mission in Ankara, Bwalya Nondo held discussions with him at the TIKA Head office in Ankara, to explore ways on how the organisation could assist Zambia in providing capacity-building in solid waste management.
Mr. Polat said TIKA is prepared to provide technical expertise to impart concepts on waste management, which could help Zambia better manage solid waste.
He said TIKA would facilitate a training of trainers (TOT) course in Turkey as a starting point in equipping Zambia with advanced waste management skills.
Mr. Nondo noted that solid waste is a serious threat to the environment and a hazard to human health, adding, Turkey’s assistance in building capacity to manage it, would be most appreciated.
Mr.Nondo indicated that the Zambian Mission would also engage municipalities in Turkey to explore the possibility of city-twinning, which would result in benefits such as technical assistance to enhance solid waste management in Zambia.
Mr. Nondo also stressed the need to give waste management a business dimension through investment in the recycling industry.
The Zambian Mission has since visited Ankara- ?Mamak Integrated Solid Waste Management System Facility operated by a recycling company known as Invest Trading and Consulting (ITC), to learn about operations of the entity, and explore the possibility of the organisation investing in Zambia.
The company has developed and adopted a multi-faceted waste management system that combines the benefits of power generation and product-manufacturing from recyclable waste.
The statement was released to the media by Jerry Munthali FIRST SECRETARY (PRESS) EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA, ANKARA, TURKEY