Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili has commended the Japanese government for the help towards infrastructure development in the country.
Ms. Sumaili said that government is thankful for the help and support Japan offers to the people of Zambia in areas of human resource development, health and education.
She was speaking when Japanese Ambassador to Zambia Hidenobu Sobashima paid a courtesy call on her at her office in Lusaka yesterday.
Ms. Sumaili says government appreciates the relationship Zambia has with Japan which has shared values.
She disclosed that the help that Japan offers to the country of Zambia should continue.
And Japanese Ambassador to Zambia Hidenobu Sobashima said he was thankful that Zambia offers a comfortable and politically stable environment that is enjoyed even by the Japanese nationals.
Mr Sobashima said that the Japanese government is currently preparing to upgrade the Chawama, Chipata and Kanyama health centers into first level hospitals at a cost of 400 million kwacha.
This follows the upgrading of Chilenje and Matero health centers at a cost of 200 million kwacha in phase one, and commissioned in April last year.