Author: H.E Judith K.K. Kan’goma Kapijimpanga (Mrs.), High Commissioner, Zambia High Commission in India
Zambia looks forward to a brighter future in 2021 and beyond.
We worked well with India as the Zambian Mission in India facilitated twelve (12) repatriation flights from May, 2020 to October, 2020 to ease the movements of Zambians, following a lockdown in India which was effected in March 2020 amid COVID 19 pandemic.
The year 2020 also recorded a decrease of 29.11% as compared to 2019 in the number of Indians and other nationals who visited Zambia for tourism, business, ordinary and official visits respectively.
161 Indians obtained business visas while 16 got tourist visas and the number declined by far as compared to the year 2019 due to COVID 19 pandemic.
Once the COVID vaccination exercise succeeds in India, Zambia is looking forward to a cordial relationship in accessing the Indian made vaccine.
Despite the global lockdown, amid COVID-19 pandemic, the Mission recorded one hundred and twelve (112) patients who were in India for medical treatment of which six (06) died.
We appeal to Zambians seeking medical services in India to alert the Mission, through the office of Counsellor –Health Dr. Clarance Chiluba, of their presence as the Mission only knew about their presence when an adverse event occurred.
Zambia was one of the first countries to be supported by India as drugs and PPEs were given directly to Zambia in addition to the Two Million Dollars worth of drugs given on 24th December, 2019.
We also look forward to full completion of the Decongestion of Lusaka Roads Project being executed by AFCONS of India with a line of credit from Exim Bank of India.
We hope to see more tourists from India post COVID era and more investment from India.