Government has praised Turkey for its continued support to Zambia’s development agenda in various sectors.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Joseph Malanji said Zambia appreciates Turkey’s support in the health, tourism, education and media sectors as the country pushes to achieve the Vision 2030 of becoming a prosperous middle income country.
First Secretary for Press at the Zambian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey Jerry Munthali said in a press statement issued to ZANIS that Mr. Malanji said this during a bilateral meeting with Turkish Co-operation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) President, Dr Serdar Cam in Ankara yesterday.
Mr. Malanji urged TIKA to focus its support to Zambia in tourism development, support to SMEs, capacity building as well as value addition in manufacturing.
He said priority should also be given to investments in areas that have high backward and forward linkages such as steel production, power generation, especially renewable energy, construction and infrastructure development.
The Minister who was flanked by Zambia’s Ambassador designate to the Republic of Turkey, Joseph Chilengi, also called on TIKA to help Zambia mechanise the agriculture sector to enhance food production through donation of tractors and provision of technical know-how for efficient agricultural production.
Mr. Malanji expressed Zambia’s desire to host the TIKA regional office in Southern Africa.
“Zambia is strategically situated in the centre of southern Africa, with ease infrastructure interlinks, making it an ideal location for TIKA offices to cover other countries in the region. Attaching a TIKA officer in Lusaka would go a long way in boosting trade and investment and overall cooperation between Zambia and Turkey,” Mr Malanji said.
And Dr Cam said TIKA was ready to support projects in Zambia to further strengthen relations between Zambia and Turkey.
He said TIKA is ready to fund priority projects identified by Government in various sectors and provide capacity building including support to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
Earlier, the Minister visited Integrated Waste Management (ITC), a waste management company, which transforms waste to energy.
Mr. Malanji said the waste-to-energy project is important to Zambia because it is one of the strategic options in waste management, which will ultimately support Government’s efforts in combatting epidemics such as cholera and make the environment cleaner and generate power.
The Minister urged ITC to consider travelling to Zambia to explore the possibility of investing in waste-to-energy projects in the major cities such as Lusaka, Ndola, Kitwe and Livingstone
“Lusaka alone generates more than 600,000 tonnes of solid waste every year and other cities that produce substantial waste include Ndola, Kitwe, and Livingstone,” said Mr Malanji.