The President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Tanaka Akihiko, has praised Zambia for being a strong partner in Africa. He said Zambia is known for its stable democracy and positive collaboration with JICA.
In a statement issued today on September 21, 2023, by Faith Nabeene Chilube, First Secretary of Press and Public Relations at the Embassy of the Republic of Zambia in Tokyo, Japan, it was mentioned that during Zambia’s Ambassador to Japan, Dr. Tobias Mulimbika’s visit, President Tanaka expressed gratitude for Zambia’s support and the friendly relations between the two countries. He pledged that the Japan International Cooperation Agency would strive to further enhance their partnership.
President Tanaka acknowledged the challenges Zambia faced during the COVID-19 pandemic but believes that Zambia is making progress in managing its debt. He wants to plan future projects with Zambia to improve their partnership.
Ambassador Dr. Mulimbika thanked Japan International Cooperation Agency for their long-lasting friendship and highlighted Japan’s support in areas like education, healthcare, farming, and building infrastructure. He asked for help in quickly building the Luangwa Bridge, which is vital for trade in the region.
Ambassador Mulimbika hopes for ongoing support through the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD).
President Tanaka stressed the importance of better connections in Zambia and promised to help. He also acknowledged the challenges with the Luangwa Bridge Project and is open to finding solutions, considering the rising costs.
President Tanaka encouraged Japanese businesses to invest in Zambia and Africa, following recent Tokyo International Conference on African Development resolutions aimed at boosting economic cooperation and development in the region.