Minister of Foreign Affairs, Joseph Malanji says Japan remains a very important partner to Zambia’s national development.
Mr. Malanji says that is why Zambia continues to strengthen its strategic partnership with the government of Japan in order to achieve inclusive and sustainable development.
The Minister said this when he delivered an intervention statement on economic transformation for inclusive growth during the Tokyo International Conference for Africa Development -TICAD- in Tokyo, Japan.
Mr. Malanji says there is need to adopt digital technologies to harness efficiency and lower the cost of doing business.
He also said promotion of science, technology and innovation is vital in contributing to economic transformation for inclusive growth.
And speaking when he held talks with Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Executive Vice president, Katsumi Hirano on the sidelines of the TICAD Ministerial meeting, Mr. Malanji called for more partnerships between Japanese and Zambian private sectors.
He said Zambia is steadily positioning itself to become a hub for foreign direct investment in the Southern African region.
Mr. Malanji also requested JETRO to encourage especially medium scale investors to travel to Zambia on investment and trade missions.
Meanwhile, Dr. Hirano said JETRO, which promotes mutually beneficial trade and investment relations between Japan and other nations, is optimistic that Japanese companies will greatly contribute to Zambia’s industrialization agenda.
He said Zambia’s prevailing peace and stability profile will assist his organization to encouraging more Japanese investment.
This is contained in a statement availed to diamond news by first secretary for press at the Zambian embassy in Japan.
Linning up another trip for the Lazy one!!
You know that Japan and China don’t see eye to eye so this move by Japan might be a way of mitigating the effects of Chinese influence on Africa.
I respect your take on things and life. We need more Zambians like you.
Japan should have been Zambia’s first partner on technology and development before China.
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