Dirk Niebel - German Federal Minister
for Economic Co-operation
President Rupiah Banda today held talks with German Federal Minister for Economic Co-operation Dirk Niebel at State House and appealed for support towards Zambia’s fight against corruption.
President Banda said Zambia’s efforts in upholding the rule of law and fighting corruption were bearing positive results as shown by various indicators.
“The fight against corruption is not enough and I believe that with continued support from you as our co-operating partner, as a country we will be able to achieve more,” Mr. Banda said.
This is contained in a press statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today by President Banda’s Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations, Dickson Jere.
President Banda further noted that government recognized the importance of upholding and enhancing the tenets of good governance, hence its priority to build a vibrant media and strong watchdog institutions.
He said while Zambia appreciated assistance from co-operating partners, meaningful development could only occur with reliance on investment.
“Our goal is not to continuously receive aid but to meaningfully partner with countries such as German as we seek to improve the living standards of our people,” he said.
He stated that government was doing its best to ensure that Zambia becomes the most attractive investment destination in the Southern African region.
He said Zambia greatly valued the support Germany was providing to Zambia through the Germany Technical Co-operation (GTZ) and cited three areas namely, water and sanitation, the decentralization process and the development of good governance institutions.ZANIS