22 November 2012

Zambia: Finnish Secretary for Development Cooperation Visits

VISITING Finnish Secretary for Development Cooperation Anne Sipilainen has said she is impressed with Zambia's developmental agenda.

Ms Sipilainen said that Finland would continue to render various forms of assistance in critical sectors of the economy.

She was speaking in Lusaka on Tuesday during a reception for her 20 member-delegation of Finnish Members of Parliament, civil servants, private sector and the media, who are on a fact-finding mission on Zambia's economic prospects.

She said Finland would continue to assist the PF Government in finding effective ways of eradicating poverty and creation of employment opportunities to improve people's welfare.

The delegation had toured some mining companies and forest on the Copperbelt.

Meanwhile, Finance Deputy Minister Miles Sampa said at the same function that the Government was on track to achieve over eight per cent economic growth in the next five years.

Mr Sampa has since appealed to investors globally to explore Zambia's wealth investment opportunities to hasten expansion of the economy.

He said Government had incentives in place to ensure Zambia's economic growth expanded and ultimately reduce poverty levels.

"We are determined to ensure that our economy grows and we will achieve over eight per cent over the next five years. We shall ensure the acquired Eurobond is put to good capital and human resources development projects," he said.

Mr Sampa said the Government had scored remarkable strides through pragmatic investments in agriculture, tourism and infrastructure development.

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