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 2010-07-23 10:20 pm Back to NEWS
Ambassador urges Zambians to send money home
Zambia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Royson Mukwena (3rd from right)

Zambia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Royson Mukwena has urged the Zambian community in Northern Ireland to invest in the various sectors home. And Professor Mukwena has disclosed that money sent back home by the Zambian diaspora has slightly risen to K73.8 billion in the first quarter of this year from K71.5 billion during the same period last year.Speaking at the weekend in Belfast where he met Zambians living in Northern Ireland, Prof Mukwena said there were huge trade and investment opportunities in the energy, health, tourism, mining and agriculture sectors which Zambians living abroad may invest in.

According to a statement released by second secretary for Press at the Zambian mission in UK Rejoice Lukumba, Prof Mukwena said many opportunities existed in fish farming and livestock such as the processing of hides, skins, leather and leather processing.

He said opportunities existed in the development of computer software and assembly such as manufacturing of ICT equipment. He said the mission and the Zambian Government considered Zambians in Northern Ireland and the entire Zambian diaspora as key players in the economic development of the country.

In particular, he said the diaspora were important partners in the marketing of Zambia as a destination for good profitable business and tourism.

Prof Mukwena commended Zambians in Northern Ireland for having been good ambassadors and conducting themselves in a manner portraying the correct image of Zambia, saying exemplary conduct by Zambians abroad was critical to marketing Zambian tourism.

Prof Mukwena said to ensure that the exemplary conduct and good efforts of the Zambian diaspora in the UK were not in vain, the mission would continue to play an efficient and effective role in marketing Zambian tourism and facilitating the flow of tourists into the country.

On foreign remittances, Prof Mukwena told the audience that money sent back home by the Zambian diaspora had slightly risen to K73.8 billion in the first quarter of this year from K71.5 billion during the same period last year.

In the first quarter of 2010, there were a total of 56,335 transactions recorded compared to the 51,043 recorded during the same period in 2009.

Last year, K298 billion was sent back to Zambia with a total of 216,700 transactions recorded.

On consular services, Prof Mukwena said the mission would provide consular services to Zambians that may find themselves in trouble with the law of the host country.

Times of Zambia

 
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