Japan says Zambia will be among the three African countries it is targeting for its Agricultural development programme.
Japanese Parliamentary vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Manabu Horii says apart from Zambia , his government has picked Kenya and Senegal because of the vast agriculture potential in the three African countries.
“Japan has already appointed a Senior Agriculture Advisor under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) who will soon be sent to Zambia as part of enhancing development cooperation and support to the sector, “ Mr. Horri said.
He said Japan will endeavor to assist Zambia realise her development agenda by encouraging Foreign Direct Investment and offer technical support.
“Zambia should count on Japan because the government stands ready to support the country’s development agenda as espoused in the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP). We also look forward to quality Oversees Development Assistance (ODA) in various sectors including Agriculture,” Mr. Horii said.
He disclosed this at his office in Tokyo Japan when he held talks with Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary for International Relations and Cooperation, Chalwe Lombe.
And Mr. Lombe says government is happy that Zambia and Japan share common interests and goals for development as can be seen in the SNDP and the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD).
He said Zambia looks forward to receiving the Senior Agriculture Advisor especially that government has placed the agricultural sector top in the five year blue print, the 7NDP.
Earlier, Japan and Zambia held a policy dialogue that will serve as a platform for bilateral cooperation.
During the dialogue, Japanese Foreign Affairs Assistant Minister and Director General for Africa, Takeshi Osuga said his government wants to increase development cooperation with Zambia in agriculture, manufacturing, strengthening economic infrastructure and social sectors.
Mr. Osuga said he is confident that Zambia will grow the economy if it sticks to the development plan especially diversification of industries which also happens to be on the TICAD agenda.
Meanwhile, Mr.r Lombe said government has taken progressive measures aimed at restoring the country’s economy.
He said it is for this reason that the country is encouraging private sector participation in the growth of the economy to avoid commercial borrowing and resist falling into the debt trap.
The Permanent Secretary said the Zambian government is seriously promoting agriculture and agro-processing, manufacturing, Industrialization, and green field projects in Mining discovered in Eastern, Northern and Northwestern provinces.
He said government through the Embassy in Tokyo will ensure that more Japanese private companies invest in Zambia.
This is contained a statement issued to ZANIS by First Secretary Press Embassy of the Republic of Zambia in Tokyo Japan Yotamu Mugara, today.