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Message from the Chief Representative

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Welcome to the JICA Zambia office website!

The Republic of Zambia is a landlocked country located in the Southern Africa. The population is at 16 million people consisting of more than 70 tribes that live peacefully in the double-sized land of Japan with the slogan of "One Zambia, One Nation".

The Zambian economy had slumped for a long time since its independence in 1964. However, it realized rapid economic growth by brisk copper export after the 21st century began. Lusaka, the capital of the country, is now lined with several huge shopping malls and completely different from what it was 20 years ago when I was assigned by JICA. On the other hand, few industries of high employment capacity have grown. Also the livelihood of the farmers in rural areas occupying 60% of the total population does not seem to have changed from what it was in my early days. In addition, the recent cholera breaks in so-called "compounds" (which are non-planned, high density, residential areas of the urban areas with continuous population inflow) has revealed the less developed sanitary dwelling environment. The people in these areas experience difficult livelihoods, with the situation generally presenting a strong contrast from some places with dazzling light.

JICA has provided effective support to the country, combined in both Technical Cooperation and financial forms. Since the beginning of the cooperation in the early 1970s, the focus has mainly been on "Human Resources Development" in the sectors of agriculture, health, education, water and infrastructure, among others. One of the interesting examples may be drawn from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Zambia, where a series of technical cooperation projects have been carried out repeatedly, with following the building construction by the grant aid of 1983. The school then has benefited from various training activities, in Japan and within, through Japanese cooperation and the school has so far produced more than 500 veterinarians and many researchers. The graduates have played significant roles in the development of the Zambian companies, such as "Zambeef Company", an integrated prominent food company. The School of Veterinary Medicine is also collaborating with Hokkaido University in Japan in a project referred to as "SATREPS[1]." Under the auspices of this project, the school was appointed as the only organization that was mandated as the diagnostic center for Ebola hemorrhagic fever during the disease outbreak in 2014. This case may be said to be, "one of the ideal forms of the international cooperation" by Japan.

Zambia has suffered from the so-called "resource curse", where the expansion of resource exports has adversely affected the industrial growth.

How can we turn this "curse" into "benefits" for Zambia? What kind of support should we provide for that? Members of my office, experts and more than 70 volunteers are every day working in solidarity with the country to find solutions, while JICA suffers from "unprecedented limitations of funds" in the recent times.

Winds blow to cross the blue sky and a white cloud, through the green earth opening to the horizon. Zambia is blessed with magnificent nature and the dazzling smile of people. We are so proud to be working towards the glorious future of this country.

I look forward to seeing you in our office and/or your places.

"May the wind of Zambia be with us, always."

1st May 2018
Junichi Hanai
Chief Representative of JICA Zambia office
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

PhotoMr. Hanai at the Coordinator's office of "UNZA Veterinary Education Project" in 1997.

PhotoA scene of "Kuomboka Ceremony" in 2018.


Note

  • [1] SATREPS means "Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development", which is a research project by researchers of Japan and developing countries toward the solution of the global issues, under the joint support of JICA and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

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