President Michael Sata has been called upon to continue with respect of the values of peace and tolerance the country has been known for, Swedish Ambassador to Zambia Lena Nordstron has advised.
Ms Nordstrom has said Zambia has been known as a country that has had a good reputation in as far as respect of peace and tolerance is concerned and it was important that President Michael Sata should ensure that these values were maintained.
Ms Nordstrom said Zambia had a special place in Sweden because the two countries have since time immemorial shared the values of peace and tolerance.
Ms Nordstrom said this during the Rotary Club of Lusaka Central 44th induction ceremony of Daljeet Singh as its new president at Pamodzi Hotel on Saturday.
Ms Nordstrom said although there were few Zambians remaining who could speak Swedish, she was happy that fourth and immediate past Zambian President Rupiah Banda and Minister of Finance Alexander Chikwanda were among the Zambian citizens who could still speak Swedish.
She said Sweden has been cooperating with Zambia in many development areas such as protection and development of natural resources which she said were core to the economic development of the country.
She said Zambia’s export has over the years grown to twenty percent because of the environment of peace and tolerance among the citizens.
“Zambia has a special place in Sweden because the two countries share the same values of peace and tolerance. Am sure that your new President (Michael Sata) will continue respecting peace and tolerance, the values which have been associated with the country. We have few Zambians who can still speak Swedish but am happy that your former President (Rupiah Banda) and your Minister of Finance (Alexander Chikwanda) are among the few that can speak Swedish,” Ms Nordstrom said.
Ms Nordstrom said Rotary Clubs the world over were dedicated to helping the vulnerable and needy citizens by providing services such as clean and safe water as well as health services to poor communities.
She said the Rotary Club of Lusaka Central had made significant impact on the lives of the people of Mazabuka and Mumbwa where many young people were benefiting from the many developmental projects that had been initiated in the two districts.
She said stated that Rotary Clubs in Zambia had done a lot of work in the fight against polio in many rural communities.
And new Rotary Club of Lusaka president Singh said his immediate challenges would be to ensure that construction of the trade skills training institute in Kabulonga that has been funded by the Japanese government, takes off.
Mr Singh said the Kabulonga Trade skills training institute which will be built at a cost of $122 000 grant from the Japanese government would equip the youths with trades such as tailoring and carpentry.
He said the Rotary Club of Lusaka Central would also invest in health by opening the first ever heart disease department for children in Lusaka.
Mr Singh said unemployment in Zambia and Lusaka in particular was extremely high among the youths and that empowering them with trade skills would help them adding the club would engage people in poor communities to find out what their immediate needs would be.