IRELAND has pledged additional programme support to Zambia to help the country consolidate its position as a middle-income country.
Irish President Michael Higgins made this announcement when he received credentials from Zambia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Ireland Paul Lumbi on 16th January,2014.
President Higgins noted that Zambia has made impressive economic progress and improved governance overtime and Ireland was therefore committed to helping the country consolidate its economic gains.
He said with Zambia becoming a middle-income country, Ireland is still committed to continued cooperation through programme support.
And Ambassador Lumbi thanked President Higgins for the assistance Ireland has given Zambia since the two sister nations established diplomatic relations in 1965.
Ambassador Lumbi said Zambia is exceedingly grateful for the great contributions Ireland has made to the development of the country, particularly in the areas of education, health, water and sanitation and governance, among others.
He pointed out that Ireland is one of Zambia’s most significant bilateral partners, contributing immensely in various sectors including the training of Zambian pilots, military personnel, teachers, and doctors among other professionals.
He also requested the Irish government to expedite Zambia’s proposal to re-negotiate bilateral Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement (ADTA) between Zambia and Ireland.
This is contained in a statement issued to QFM by First Secretary for Press at the Zambian high commission to London, Amos Chanda.