Finnish Ambassador to Zambia Pirjo Suomela Chowdhury says her country will continue to support and strengthen the capacity of civil societies in Zambia.

Ambassador Chowdhury disclosed that the government of Finland has rendered technical and financial support to more than 50 civil societies in Zambia.

The Ambassador said the government of Finland enjoys cordial links with local civil societies.

She explained that civil societies play an important role of supplementing government in various sectors of the economy.

The Ambassador cited water and sanitation as one area were the civil societies can work closely with government.

She stressed that clean drinking water is critical to the health and well-being of the general public.

Ambassador Chowdhury said this during the review of the strengthening the capacity and policy influence of water and sanitation, Apex civil society organisations to improve and preserve the quality of ground water in Peri-Urban areas of Lusaka District.

Meanwhile Ambassador Chowdhury says Finland and Zambia enjoy warm cordial bilateral relations.

She disclosed that the two countries have in the last 50 years shared strong diplomatic relations.

Ambassador Chowdhury added that the relations have given birth to shared development.

And speaking earlier at the same Matero constituency Lima Ward 26 Councillor, Francis Bwalya thanked the Finnish government for supporting the one year project.

Mr Bwalya said the project will enable local people to preserve drinking water against contamination.

He stated that contamination of water can lead to outbreak of water related diseases.

MECB Consulting monitoring and evaluation specialist Esau Shawa said the project was designed to help community members to interpret findings after tasting ground water.

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