Scott says Smart Partnership is important for Zambia’s economic growth

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From Cecilia Banda in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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Scott says Smart Partnership is important for Zambia’s economic growth

Tanzania (Dar es Salaam), Jun 30/13, ZANIS—Republican Vice President, Guy Scott, says Zambia’s participation in the Smart Partnership Dialogue is important for the growth and development of the country as it can draw lessons and experiences from the high level interactions.

Dr Scott says the Dialogue provides an opportunity for Heads of States and Governments to exchange developmental ideas with experts from various sectors as both parties are determined and serious towards building a better future for Africa.

ZANIS reports from Dar es Salaam that the Vice President, who is attending the 2013 Global Smart Partnership Dialogue, was speaking during a media briefing at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Center, the venue for the three-day meeting.

And the Vice President has disclosed that Heads of States and Governments held high level talks on the side-lines of the Dialogue to discuss common issues of interest including tax avoidance, taxation and natural resource exploitation that were high on the agenda.

Dr Scott said the Heads of States are determined to resolve the critical issue of taxation and tax avoidance, adding that finding a lasting solution was important so that individual countries can channel the much-needed resources to socio-economic development.

Dr Scott said the closed door meetings raised a lot of issues in relation to technology and the need for members to develop strategies that would embrace science and technology as a vehicle for socio-economic transformation in the various sectors of national economies.

The theme for the 2013 Smart Partnership Dialogue is “Leveraging Technology for Socio-economic transformation: the Smart Partnership Way”.

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Meanwhile, the Limkokwing University of Innovation in Malyasia has offered ten scholarships to Zambian students to go and study in that country.

Senior vice president of the University, Dato Gail Phung, presented the scholarships to Vice President, Guy Scott, when she paid a courtesy call on him in Dar es Salaam today.

Ms Phung said the ten scholarships are coordinated through the Smart Partnership Dialogue and that the students that will be selected will have an option to study either in Malaysia or Botswana where the university has a campus.

And Ms Phung also handed a letter of invitation to the Vice President for Zambia to attend the Global Peace award ceremony scheduled for August this year at which world icon and former South African President Nelson Mandela will be awarded.

And Dr Scott thanked the Limkokwing University for extending the scholarships to Zambia, saying that they will be useful to the deserving students.

Dr Scott said Zambia was keen to reach a level where it can add value to its exports and that training such as that offered by Malaysia in creative industry skills were important for the country to achieve the desired goals.

The Vice President was accompanied to the briefing by Zambia’s High Commissioner to Tanzania, Judith Kapijimpanga, Deputy High Commissioner, Elizabeth Phiri, Senior Private Secretary in the Vice President’s office, Robert Kamalata and senior government officials from the Ministry of Commerce Trade and Industry, Foreign Affairs, and the Zambian embassy in Tanzania.

Meanwhile, Dr Guy Scott has left Tanzania for Zambia after attending the Smart Partnership Dialogue.

Dr Scott, accompanied by his wife, Charlotte, Education Deputy Minister, Neverlyn Willombe and Senior Private Secretary in his office, Robert Kamalata, left aboard a private jet at 16.50 hours local time at the Julius Nyerere International Airport.

The Vice President was seen off by Tanzanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bernard Membe, Zambia’s High Commissioner to Tanzania, Judith Kapijimpanga, her deputy, Elizabeth Phiri and senior government officials from the Tanzanian government and embassy staff.

Dr Scott told local journalists in an interview shortly before departure for Lusaka that there was need to improve the exchange and sharing of information by countries in the region to enhance development through use of technology.

Tanzanian President, Jakaya Kitwete, opened the Dialogue on Friday evening attended by several African Heads of States and Governments whom he challenged to sacrifice their scarce resources to create awareness and develop science and technology for economic
transformation.

The 2013 Smart Partnership Dialogue officially closes tomorrow, July 1, 2013.

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