Hon. Felix Mutati, the Minister of Finance makes his debut visit in the Swedish capital, Stockholm on a hectic diplomacy schedule starting today said the Deputy Ambassador, Anthony Mukwita.
The Deputy Ambassador in an interview said Mr Mutati who visits Sweden as part of his greater European tour of economic diplomacy will commence his tour of duty on 25th January with an industrial tour of Bombardier, the largest train and Plane Company in the world that has offices in Stockholm.
“The next day hon Mutati is scheduled to hold high level economic discussions with officials from the Ministry of Infrastructure, Energy, and perhaps the Ministry of Development corporation,” Mr Mukwita, the Deputy Ambassador said.
Mr Mukwita said the embassy was delighted to host Mr Mutati who will also hold further high level talks with Business Sweden and other ‘captains of the industry’ such as Bombardier, as Zambia continues to push a path of economic diplomacy encouraged greatly by President Edgar Lungu and Minister of Foreign Affairs hon. Harry Kalaba.
Zambia has enjoyed ‘warm diplomatic relations’ with Sweden from the time of independence in 1964, culminating into various trade agreements, including the most recent boost in the Social Cash Transfer Sweden (and Finland) meant for the poorest of the poor Zambians to a tune of more than K230million.
Relations between the two countries have significantly improved especially since the election of President Lungu in 2015 and re-election in 2016, whuch culminated into the President hosting Swedish ambassador to Zambia Henrik Cederine and Deputy Head of Mission David Wiking.
Recently, Transport and Communications Minister hon. Brian Mushimba commenced discussions to revive the Zambia Railways with Business Sweden.
Hon Mushimba is determined to see Zambia Railways fully revamped.