First lady happy with fight against corruption

FIRST Lady Christine Kaseba has said Zambia’s ease of doing business index has been improving after the last general elections because of the peaceful environment and the renewed anti-corruption drive.
Speaking in an interview with local journalists , Dr Kaseba said Zambia is a suitable destination for foreign investment because it has a friendly and suitable environment for business.
She said the peaceful political transition and the renewed vigour to fight corruption by the Patriotic Front (PF) government has improved the country’s ease of doing business.
“We are peace-loving and friendly, and we are also open to foreign investment. If you are looking for a place for investment, Zambia is the place,” Dr Kaseba said.
The First Lady is in the Netherlands on invitation from the mayor of Epe for a familiarisation tour to a typical Dutch municipality. She said Zambia has rich natural tourist attractions which include waterfalls and wildlife.
She said the country was ready to receive tourists but the only missing link was an aggressive marketing campaign. Dr Kaseba has braved the worst winter in the Netherlands in 56 years, as she pursues her tour.
“We have beautiful waterfalls in almost each province. Some of our waterfalls are bigger than the Niagara. ” she said.“In terms of animals, we have all the big five in large numbers. We are also a sanctuary of beautiful birds.”
She said tourists to Zambia have the opportunity to go on hunting safaris or get hunting trophies.
Dr Kaseba said the Dutch people could take advantage of their Royal Dutch Airline KLM, which will be flying into Lusaka, to sample Zambia’s tourism potential, which she said is second to none in the region.
“I wish I could take a part of Zambia and bring it here. I bet you to visit Zambia, you will not want to come back, or you will want to be a regular visitor,” she told a local journalist.
And Dr Kaseba said she was impressed with the Dutch municipalities’ social care programme which integrates physically and mentally challenged individuals into the socio-economic mainstream.
She said there is need for both able-bodied persons and physically-challenged persons to change their mindset towards disability, to help the latter to contribute to economic development.
Dr Kaseba said the Dutch social care system could be adapted to the Zambian situation.
Dr Kaseba told journalists that developed countries also have something to learn from the economic plans of least developed countries.
“You also have something to learn from our democracy. We recently had peaceful elections and the transition was smooth,” she said.
She said the fact that some economies in African countries were growing while the developed world was in a recession meant that the latter could also learn something from Africa about economic management.

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