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South Korea sets date to re-open Zambian embassy

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The South Korean government has announced its decision to re-open its embassy in Zambia after it had closed down operations.

It said the embassy would be reopened in 2024.

The Korea Prime Minister, Han Duck-soo, who made the announcement during a meeting with Zambian Foriegn Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, Stanley Kakubo, during the173rd Session of the General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) holding in France, said the decision to reopen the embassy would further cement relations between the two countries.

In a statement issued by the the First Secretary for Press at the Zambian Mission in France, Naomi Mweemba, the conference session is part of the intergovernmental organisations that oversee and regulate World Expos.

Mweemba added that the meeting was centered on reinforcing established bilateral relations which would delve into strategic trade and investment areas agreed upon by both countries.

“The meeting, built upon previous deliberations between President Hakainde Hichilema and Duck-soo in May 2023 in London, also discussed further opportunities for mutual cooperation,” she stated.

“The Minister who is accompanied by his Special Advisor, Muki Phiri, was received by Chargé d’Affaires Chrissy Hilweele and First Secretary Consular Cecilia Kangwa,” she added.

She also noted that during the meeting, Kakubo expressed satisfaction that both the Korean and Zambian governments had made progress in the implementation of the plans set out in actualizing the investment opportunities that existed between the two countries.

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Zambian govt begs citizens in diaspora to help attract foriegn investment

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The Zambian government has called on its citizens in the diaspora to help in attracting foreign direct investment to the country in the face of the economic challenges the nation is going through.

Chief Government spokesperson, Cornelius Mweetwa, who made the appeal in Addis Ababa during a dinner hosted by Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Rose Sakala, for the Zambian delegation that participated in the 37th African Union (AU) Ordinary Summit for Heads of State and Government, urged the diaspora citizens to portray Zambia’s image positively to the outside world so as to encourage foreign investors to invest in the country.

In a statement issued in Lusaka by the First Secretary for Press and Tourism at the Zambian mission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, inutu Mwanza, Mweetwa who is also Zambia’s Minister for Information and Media, said Zambians living abroad are the country’s flag carriers who should ensure that the good image of the country was portrayed at all times.

“It is important for those working abroad to look out for available opportunities and best practices to make Zambia better,” Mweetwa said.

Also speaking, Minister of Education, Douglas Syakailma, who also attended the event, called for hard work among Zambians.

“The AU theme for the year 2024 on Education, provides an opportunity for the government to re-look at aspects of education that require more attention to improve the education system,” he said.

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‘Nigerians living in scary times under Tinubu, APC’— PDP

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Nigeria’s major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has, once again, lampooned the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over the hardship, hunger and economic challenges the country is facing under its watch.

The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Debo Ologunagba, who raised the alarm on Tuesday, said the living conditions of Nigerians under the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is so poor that Nigerians are currently living in “scary times” in the country.

Ologbondiyan who was a guest on a television programme, blamed President Tinubu and his economic policies for the worsening living conditions of Nigerians.

The PDP spokesman said in the past nine years that APC has been in power, it has displayed arrogance in failure and a tendency to purely pursue individual interests.

“What we have said several times over the years are coming to fruition, that the APC is not a political party; it’s a special-purpose vehicle, and a conglomeration of individuals who came together to pursue their individual personal gains,” Ologbondiyan said.

“Therefore, they have no mission, they have no vision, they have no policies or programmes. And that’s why we’ve found ourselves where we are now.

“Actually, the greatest thing for any leader is to be humble enough to admit errors. But what we’ve found over the years, in the last nine years now, is seeing APC displaying arrogance in failure.

“Rather than listen to other people, they are pretending to know it all; the insensitivity that ‘we can do it’ and that what other people are saying does not matter.

“Nigerians are in scary times under this government and everybody is affected both the people in government and the ordinary man on the street,” he stated.

The PDP image maker also blamed the APC government and Tinubu for his hurried decisions to remove fuel subsidy and float the naira which had led to “high inflation, low productivity, business collapse, job losses, poverty, hunger, insecurity and hopelessness in the country.”

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