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Zambia and Japan Strengthen Ties on 60th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations

Zambia warmly welcomed His Excellency Mr. Takeuchi Kazuyuki, Ambassador of Japan, and his distinguished delegation at the State House earlier today. The occasion marked the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Zambia and Japan, a milestone celebrated with discussions on pivotal areas of mutual cooperation.

President Hakainde Hichilema and Ambassador Takeuchi Kazuyuki engaged in fruitful dialogue, emphasizing the enduring bond between the two nations. At the heart of their relationship lies a commitment to shared values including good governance, political stability, respect for human rights, and the rule of law.

Zambia expressed profound appreciation for Japan’s longstanding support, which has profoundly impacted critical sectors including agriculture, energy, health, education, infrastructure, and private sector development. 

The assistance provided through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) frameworks has been instrumental in driving socio-economic progress in Zambia.

Particularly noteworthy was Japan’s swift response in the fight against cholera, where emergency relief supplies proved invaluable in mitigating the crisis. 

President Hichilema expressed admiration for Japan’s rich cultural heritage and the nation’s unwavering dedication to excellence, exemplified by their diligent work ethic and the production of high-quality goods.

Looking ahead, both parties affirmed their commitment to fostering deeper economic ties through joint investment partnerships. 

Areas of interest span across mining, agriculture, energy, tourism, and various other sectors, presenting opportunities for mutually beneficial collaboration that will bolster the economies of both nations.

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