The Zambian 2015 Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) fellows have been urged to utilize their experiences gained during the Fellowship to the best of their ability and contribute effectively to the development of Zambia.
Zambia’s Ambassador to the United States Palan Mulonda urged the Fellows to set their standards very high and to avoid underestimating the effect that they could have in making Zambia a better place.
Ambassador Mulonda was speaking at a dinner he hosted in their honor at the Embassy Residence.
The Ambassador congratulated each of the fellows for having completed the fellowship and recognized their individual achievements within their respective fields.
He emphasized that they were uniquely positioned within each of their fields and that they could use this to be agents of positive change in this regard.
Ambassador Mulonda stated that small and medium enterprises were a key consideration for the development of the Zambian economy and that they could each play a role in contributing to such development.
He cited examples of development of sectors such as tourism, where each one of them could be an ambassador for Zambia and help open up areas such as the northern circuit, to help diversify from the traditionally known Livingstone.
Ambassador Mulonda encouraged the fellows to continue to make follow-ups both within their cohort and with the networks they had created here in the U.S. He further stated that the Zambia Embassy in Washington DC was ready to assist them in any way if and when they needed to make such follow-ups in the U.S or if they required any other relevant information.
He added that he was confident that they indeed possessed the intellect and the capabilities to become future leaders, in line with the underlying principle of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).
The Ambassador recognized the role allocated to one of the fellows, Brian Bwembya (B-Flow) of an Ambassador of change, a role that was recognized by President Barack Obama during his meeting with the 2015 Mandela Fellows earlier in the day.
And giving a vote of thanks Pumulo Mundale thanked Ambassador Mulonda and the embassy staff for providing them support and availing themselves to the fellows.
Ms. Mundale said the fellows were committed to bring development to Zambia in their various fields adding that they would use the best practices learnt in Zambia.