PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has urged newly-appointed Zambia’s High Commissioner to Australia George Zulu to exploit opportunities that will help boost investor confidence in the country.
Speaking when he swore in Mr Zulu and Local Government Service Commission chairperson Christah Kalulu at State House in Lusaka yesterday, President Lungu observed that Australia had highly improved mining technology.
President Lungu said given the advanced mining technology in that country, the onus was on Mr Zulu to seek benefits for the Zambian mining sector.
The Head of State urged Mr Zulu and Ms Kalulu to perform to people’s expectations because they had been chosen out of many capable Zambians.
“Out of 14 million Zambians I have chosen to give you these positions not because other Zambians are not qualified but because I expect you to excel to my expectations,” President Lungu said.
And speaking to reporters after the swearing-in ceremony, Ambassador Zulu said he would honour the President’s call for enhanced collaboration between Zambia and Australia.
Mr Zulu said Australia had one of the leading mining industries in the world, adding he would ensure Zambia benefited.
“I am fortunate that I closed the commission in 1991 in Australia and I am luck to go and reopen it,” Mr Zulu said.
He said every diplomat’s focus was to promote Zambia’s economy in his or her operating country.
Mr Zulu said he would ensure that many Zambians who were based in Australia were trained in different skills through their educational scholarships.
He observed that many Zambians who had no expertise had started flocking to different industries, adding that it was time that Zambia started sending its citizens to train in Australia.
Mr Zulu cited the online media as one of the industries which had few qualified journalists, adding that many were not qualified hence the confusion which were being created through their stories.
Meanwhile, Ms Kalulu said part of her priorities would be to involve human resource audit to strengthen operations in local authorities across the country.
Ms Kalulu said the human resource audit would be used to screen the qualifications of the current employees.
She said the audit process of staff would help her ensure that the commission had the right people in right positions as directed by President Lungu.
“The process does not mean that anybody would be fired. All we shall be doing is to put the right people in the right position like the President said,” Ms Kalulu said.