President Hakainde Hichilema has called on Zambians to take charge of the country’s shared destiny by embracing hard work.
President Hichilema explained that it will only be possible for Zambians , living locally and abroad, to enjoy the fortunes of the country if everyone applied hard work.
In light of the challenges that the country underwent in the previous years, President Hichilema who stated that there is no good life minus hard work, listed professionalism, integrity, patriotism and unity should be attached to hard work.
The Head of State said this when he officially opened the Zambian Diaspora conference dubbed: “ shifting mindsets to ignite growth,” in Livingstone of Southern Province.
Acknowledging the need for diaspora participation in arriving at a better solution for economic growth, the Head of State noted that many Zambians have settled outside the country hence the need to invoke the network and bring it to the table to make contributions towards governments development agenda.
He applauded various diaspora associations for organising such an important platform, first of its kind to discuss ways on how they can participate in economic growth among other issues.
“Your government is clear that corruption is not part of the hard work, we should have been standing at a different level as a country if these efforts would have been added to the growth of the nation,” President Hichilema stated.
Mr Hichilema further invited Zambians in diaspora to transfer skills, knowledge and experience investment back to the country which will benefit both parties.
He implored Zambians in the diaspora to share opportunities with government in various sectors so that Zambia can enhance it’s initiative to accelerate growth.
He also implored various departments and government institutions to ensure that challenges faced by Zambians in the diaspora are addressed to attract investment and ploughing back to the country.
The President noted that his administration has taken the lead by successfully implementing projects and programmes aimed at improving people’s living standards.
“We would like to see an assurance at the end of this conference, we want to see more involvement from the people in the diaspora,” he added.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation Stanley Kakubo said the conference presented opportunities to create a platform and enhance unity among people.
This will ensure that every Zambian irrespective of the location globally will serve as a continuous and effective measures to support the governments agenda of making sure the country remains in the champions league, Mr. Kakubo said.
He assured governments commitment to people in the diaspora who have placed the country before self and also value the contributions.
Southern Province Minister Cornelius Mweetwa also urged participants to take advantage of the tourist town and enjoy the experience while in the country.
Meanwhile, Livingstone City Mayor Constance Muleabai appreciated the attendance by the Head of State which demonstrates the importance that government attached to initiatives aimed at growing the economy.
Ms. Muleabai assured the Local Authority’s support to the investment opportunities that the Zambian Diaspora Community wishes to implement.
And one of the participants Ferdinand Simpanya thanked the President for gracing the event, which he described as evident of his commitment towards embracing initiatives beneficial to the country.
Mr. Simpanya explained that Zambians in the diaspora consist of hard working people who are possible partners in social economic development and hoped for government support.
Other Ministers present at the event were Minister of Information and Media Chushi Kasanda, Minister of Commerce Trade and Industry Chipoka Mulenga and Minister of Tourism Rodney Sikumba, and also Chief Mukuni.