THE United States has offered 25 scholarships to young Zambians to undertake leadership training and mentoring in the US.
The offer is outlined in a Young African Leaders Initiative statement released yesterday in Lusaka by US interim charge d’affaires to Zambia David Young.
“Twenty-five young Zambians will be competitively selected to be part of the first Washington Fellowship Programme in 2014,” the statement reads.
The Washington Fellowship is a new flagship programme of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative launched in 2010 as a signature initiative that supports young African leaders as they work to spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance and enhance peace and security across Africa.
The programme will bring together 500 young leaders to the US each year, beginning mid-2014.
Those selected will attend top US universities and colleges for a six-week training period at business and entrepreneurship institutions, civic leadership institutes or public management institutes.
Meanwhile, Mr Young has said his assignment in Zambia is “a real opportunity” to work on a positive agenda on health, education and other relations.
He also said that he selected Zambia as his first choice to work in Africa because of its friendly and warm work environment.
Mr Young said this when he paid a courtesy call on Zambia Daily Mail managing director Anthony Mukwita in Lusaka yesterday.
He said that Zambia has a wonderful environment to work in and the relations between Zambia and USA are close.
“I am happy to say that I have been in Zambia and Africa for four months and it is a privilege to be here. For my family and I, this was the first choice we made to serve when we decided to come to southern Africa. We looked around and we are thrilled that we are here,” he said.
Mr Young said it is a pleasure to serve in Zambia because it has a wonderful environment to work in, adding that the American government has good relations with Zambia.
And Mr Mukwita said the company is determined to expand its readership and facelift the outlook of the institution.
He said in a bid to modernise, the company plans to improve its infrastructure, and that so far, three architects have been engaged to come up with drawings.
Mr Young, I hope you would said those same words to Zambians you may have met in US or are you just playing the “nice guest”?
If you have lived outside Zambia you may have noticed the different faces some diplomats put up, but I hope Mr Young is right and speaking from his heart, which is very nice and welcome.
While the duty is to his boss and his home country, I hope one day we can get a diplomat who will come and stand up for Zambia, but I guess it’s just a job for a period and we shall get another one after he leaves.
Hpe it wil go to one who deserve it nt conruption