20 November 2012

Zambia: Swedish Leader Advises Lusaka City Fathers

A VISITING Swedish civic leader says Zambia has a unique opportunity to celebrate the 2013 United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly in the wake of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the City of Lusaka.

Tomas Nilsson, the deputy mayor of the city of Harnosand in Sweden, made this observation in an interview in Lusaka.

Mr Nilsson, who is on a visit to Zambia, said apart from Zambia's tourist capital, Livingstone, Lusaka equally had every reason to celebrate the year 2013 in style.

"As the nation hosts the UNWTO assembly in Livingstone, it must also take this as an opportunity to celebrate Lusaka's 100th anniversary with the rest of the world. I tell you, Lusaka holds a very unique and significant place in Africa and the rest of the world," he said.

He said Zambians should take advantage of the 2013 UNWTO showpiece to showcase the many unique historical and cultural endowments which the City of Lusaka and the nation as a whole had to offer the world.

"Zambia is well known the world over for her peaceful people, rich cultures, good climate, attractive wildlife and many other positive qualities. All these can be effectively marketed through one big attractive package," he said.

Mr Nilsson was speaking when he and Lusaka Mayor, Daniel Chisenga, visited the Freedom Statue and the Rhino Statue being erected at Longacres Shopping Centre by the Lusaka-based Kachere Art Studio.

He described the putting up of the Rhino Statue as an expression of a very rare talent that combined strong messages on wildlife conservation and environmental security through artistic ingenuity.

Mr Nilsson said he would ensure the innovation was replicated in his home country where the wolf was a highly endangered animal.

"This unique artwork is testimony that Africans are also capable of offering creative solutions to global challenges like poaching and environmental degradation.

"Therefore, I'll ensure these (Kachere) artists are invited to come to Sweden and erect a wolf statue and also teach the Swedish people how to turn waste materials into art," said Mr Nilsson, a member of the environmentally-inclined Green Party (GP).

The GP's motto is founded on three basic solidarities that include animals, nature and ecological systems; other people in the world and the future generations.

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