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The Zambian Mission held a remembrance church service for Brigd. General Samson Simwanda

Brigadier General Samson Simwanda                 

BRUSSELS, FRIDAY, 11TH MAY 2018

The Zambian Mission in Belgium yesterday held a remembrance church service for the late Defence Attache Brigadier General Samson Simwanda who died in Brussels.

 

The church service which was held at the International Baptist Church of Brussels was preceded by a guard of honour mounted by the Belgian defence forces.

 

During the service, Charge d' Affairres Henry Ngilazi described the death of Gen. Simwanda as a loss to the Mission and the country.

 

Mr. Ngilazi said Gen. Simwanda was a remarkable diplomat who served the Mission and the nation professionally and diligently.

 

Mr. Ngilazi said Gen. Simwanda dedicated his life to selfless service and generously rendered his knowledge and expertise whenever called upon.

“During his tour of duty, Gen. Simwanda served as the President of the Corp of Air, Military and Naval Attaches (CAMNA), an assignment that brought pride to the Mission and the Republic of Zambia.  He was a multi-talented serviceman who executed his duties with excellence.  The Mission will truly miss his exceptional services,” said Mr. Ngilazi.

And Dean of CAMNA Brig. Gen. Abdelaziz Al Hama said the association of Defence Advisors accredited to the Kingdom of Belgium is saddened by the death of Gen. Simwanda.

He described Gen. Simwanda as a man of good humour who was committed to serving the association.

Gen Hama said this in a tribute read on his behalf by Defence Attache of the South African Embassy in Brussels Brig. Gen. Macdonald Letsholo.

A representative from the Dutch military, Head of the International Military Liaison Brig. Gen. De Jong described Gen Simwanda as a professional man who was always eager to learn from his colleagues.

Gen. Simwanda began his career in the Zambia Air Force (ZAF) in 1988 and rose to the rank of Colonel in May 2012, before being promoted as Brigadier General on 3rd February 2017, a position he held at the time of his demise.

He was appointed into diplomatic service on 23rd March, 2015.

Gen Simwanda, 50, died on 1st May 2018 and is survived by a wife Mika and five children.

Meanwhile, a book of condolences has been opened at the Zambia Embassy to allow the diplomatic community to pay their last respects.

The body of the deceased is expected to be repatriated to Zambia today and arrives at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport today Friday 11th May 2018 aboard Ethiopian Airways at 14:30 hours.


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Phyllis Chilekwa [Ms]
First Secretary (Press & Public Relations)

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Last Updated on Thursday, 31 May 2018 11:12

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Europe’s media agency tips Zambia a favourable destination for investment

Mr Henry Ngilazi, Charge D'affaires, Embassy of Zambia in Belgium, reads through the first edition of the European Times presented to him by its CEO Mr Thieu Cuypers. The second edition is due early 2019.                

BRUSSELS, MONDAY, 28TH MAY 2018

Europe’s influential media agency tips Zambia a favourable destination for foreign investment.
 
The European Times has hailed Zambia as a favourable country for business and foreign investment.

The European Times is an independent media agency specialised in in-depth economic reports aimed at promoting countries and their vast potential for investment and growth.

Agency Chief Executive Officer, Thieu Cuypers called for consented efforts in highlighting positively the country’s business opportunities through good public relations and marketing techniques in order to attract foreign investment.
“Zambia’s political stability, abundant natural resources, geographical location and skilled manpower are just some of the many strengths that make it a favourable place for business and investment,” said Mr. Cuypers during a courtesy call on Charge d’ Affaires at the Embassy of Zambia in Belgium Mr. Henry Ngilazi.

He observed that distorted information about the country is bound to have an effect on investor confidence in the wake of the abuse of social media and internet accessibility.
Mr. Cuypers commended the Embassy for facilitating interviews with various heads of ministries and government agencies in Zambia for the publication of the second edition of the European Times – Zambia news magazine.

And Mr. Ngilazi said Zambia is actively engaging with other countries and the international community in order to increase the levels of foreign direct investment and subsequently spur economic growth.
Mr. Ngilazi noted that although mining is Zambia’s economic mainstay, the Government of the Republic of Zambia has continued to diversify the economy with key sectors such as agriculture, health, education, energy and tourism, among others, open for further investment.  

“Backed by rich natural resources such as copper and cobalt, the mineral sector has for many years been the backbone of the country’s expanding economy. However, with the growing population and increased demand for development, the Government has been making commendable efforts in diversifying the economy and this has led to some sectors being given more attention to increase value action”, said Mr Ngilazi.

Mr. Ngilazi reiterated the Mission’s unwavering commitment to enhancing and solidifying Zambia’s relations with the Benelux countries and attracting more foreign investment.

“The shift from political to economic diplomacy comes at an opportune time, when Zambia strives towards developing and diversifying its economy. Therefore, the Zambian Mission in Brussels will continue engaging other countries and the international community in order to promote and increase the country’s FDI, which will result in economic growth and job creation”, he said.

Mr. Ngilazi emphasized that the Embassy also prioritizes the implementation of the 7th National Development Plan, which acts as a blueprint for Zambia’s development agenda 2017 – 2021.


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Phyllis Chilekwa [Ms]
First Secretary (Press & Public Relations)

Tel: +32(0)2 8 932 173; Fax: +32 (0)2 347 43 33; Mobile +32  467 676 265
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Last Updated on Thursday, 31 May 2018 11:13

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Finance and financial products plays a crucial role in empowering women

Mr Henry Ngilazi, Charge D'affaires                

BRUSSELS, FRIDAY, 8th JUNE 2018


A Zambian youth, Lelemba Chitambo Phiri says access to finance and financial products plays a crucial role in empowering women especially those  in middle income countries.

Ms Phiri who is also Chief Marketing Officer of ZOONA says empowering women and girls with Digital Finance Services – DFS helps to combat gender inequalities between men and women .

She says the development of products and  use of a human cantered design had contributed to  a great improvement in the financial inclusion of women and the livelihood opportunities available to them.

She was speaking during a special session on Lessons for economically empowering women with digital financial services at the just ended 12th edition European Development Day – EDD in Brussels, whose theme was Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: protect, empower, invest.

Ms Phiri also disclosed that her agency was working to provide to a less sophisticated type of service for the women in the rural areas in order to see that women perform competitively compared to the men consumers.

“We want women to be able to provide women with the ability to do everything money related activity on our platform including at some point to be able to invest in us, and giving them the option to be able to  do this themselves with just the use of a cell phone or in terms were they need support to be able to do this over he counter. The agent is also looking to support women in rural areas because their needs are a little bit different, we are looking into productds such as solar and Wi-Fi access for extended operating hours” says Ms Phiri.

European Development Days were launched in 2006 as a way to gather the international development community and discuss the way forward to eradicate poverty.

The EDD 2018 agenda was framed by three major themes emerging as key priorities in today’s current context: 'Ensuring the physical and psychological integrity of Girls and Women', 'Promoting economic and social rights and empowerment of Girls and Women', 'Strengthening Girls’ and Women’s voice and participation'.

This years Conference attracted 8000 participants with  120 sessions and the involvement of a vibrant development community with high-level speakers and participants including: Her Majesty Mathilde, Queen of the Belgians; Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain; Her Royal Highness Mary, the Crown Princess of Denmark; President of Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca; Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg; President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani.

Others  notables were President of Rwanda Paul Kagamé; President of Burkina Faso Roch Marc Christian Kaboré; President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou; President of Liberia George Weah; Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina J. Mohammed,and many more.


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Phyllis Chilekwa [Ms]
First Secretary (Press & Public Relations)

Tel: +32(0)2 8 932 173; Fax: +32 (0)2 347 43 33; Mobile +32  467 676 265
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 June 2018 10:02

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ZAMBIA SELECTED FOR PARTICIPATION IN A LEADING TOURSIM FAIR IN THE NETHERLANDS.

Mr Henry Ngilazi, Charge D'affaires, Embassy of Zambia in Belgium, reads through the first edition of the European Times presented to him by its CEO Mr Thieu Cuypers. The second edition is due early 2019.                

BRUSSELS, SATURDAY, 10th JUNE 2018


Zambia has been selected for participation at the largest tourism fair in the Netherlands to showcase its tourism potential which Europe is eager to tap in as seen by the increasing numbers of European tourists visiting the country.

The tourism industry has become a major and growing industry in Zambia and the fair in the Netherlands aims at allowing the country to showcase potential and reach out to the thousands Europeans who will visit the Zambian stand.

The fair will be held in the city of Vakantiebeurs, where travel agencies and cultural associations from all over the world gather from 9th to 13th January, 2019.

Zambia Embassy in the Benelux region, Charge d’Affaires, Henry Ngilazi said both official tourism bodies and private organisations may benefit from the sponsored tourism fair where special rates will also be given.

“Zambian tourism bodies are called upon to take advantage of this event because the tourism industry is a major and growing industry with a significant contribution to Zambia’s economy second only to agriculture. The growth of Zambia’s tourism industry could have a significant impact on formal and informal employment and incomes, particularly in rural areas”, Said Mr Ngilazi.

Mr Ngilazi says the Zambian Mission in Brussels which is also accredited to the Benelux region, (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg) will work closely with the Zambia Tourism Agency (ZTA) and the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) in the planning and preparation for the fair in order to ensure that the country fully participates.

He says the sponsored participation has come at a time when Government has prioritised the tourism sector and thus promoting it as an economic sector that would contribute greatly to the sustainable economic development of the country.

Mr Ngilazi appealed to the exhibitors intending to participate at the tourism extravaganza to speed up their registration process with the Zambia Tourism Agency so that they fill up the few remaining stands demarcated for Zambia.

The Netherlands fair ranks among the most relevant tourism fairs in Europe and combines both trade days and consumer days attracting over one hundred thousand visitors.

Last year over one thousand exhibitors from 119 countries with each spending and average of 3,200.00 Euros participated in the Netherlands tourism fair.


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Phyllis Chilekwa [Ms]
First Secretary (Press & Public Relations)

Tel: +32(0)2 8 932 173; Fax: +32 (0)2 347 43 33; Mobile +32  467 676 265
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Last Updated on Monday, 11 June 2018 14:09

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Platform Zambia holds Zambia Day

Zambian dayPlatform Zambia held its annual Zambia Day in Amersfoort, Netherlands to review the new developments among its members, share experiences and chart the way forward on the various projects being implemented.


The event drew participants from Netherlands and Zambia representing various organisations such as Young Africa International, Young Africa Zambia, Makeni Ecumenical Centre, Imena Foundation, and Reformed Church in Zambia, among others.

Mr. Henry Ngilazi, Counselor, represented the Embassy of Zambia to the BENELUX (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg).

The meeting focused on issues regarding education and skills training, orphanages, disabled and vulnerable children, youth empowerment, water and sanitation, healthcare, agriculture, tourism, community development, income generating activities and sports.

The Embassy of Zambia assured Platform Zambia of its continued support in its endeavour to contribute to the further development of the country through the projects implemented in different communities with support from Netherlands.

Platform Zambia is a working group that encourages cooperation with Dutch private development organizations that are currently supporting various projects in the social sector run by Zambian non-governmental and religious organisations.

In the picture- Mr Henry Ngilazi being shown a book on rain water harvesting by Ms. Lucy Engeley, PARTIN President.


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Phyllis Chilekwa [Ms]
First Secretary (Press & Public Relations)

Tel: +32(0)2 8 932 173 Mobile +32  467 676 265
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Last Updated on Sunday, 13 May 2018 19:26

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