Saturday, May 18, 2013

Finland ponders helping Zambia go green

By Gift Chanda
Fri 17 May 2013, 14:00 CAT

FINLAND says it is seeking ways of helping Zambia move towards embracing green economy.

Finnish Ambassador to Zambia Pertti Anttinen said yesterday that there was need for Zambia to move towards embracing green economy because its emerging economy was increasing the demand for new and sustainable solutions in natural resource development, renewable energies as well as green building.

The concept of green economy focuses primarily on the intersection between the environment and economy.

Ambassador Anttinen said Finland wants to explore ways it could assist Zambia promote this concept of sustainable development.

He disclosed that a delegation of private sector players and government officials would next week arrive in the country to seek ways of forging ties towards a green Zambian economy.

Ambassador Anttinen said Finnish Minister of International Development Heidi Hautala and Alexander Stubb, Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade, would also be part of the delegation to attend what is called the Zambian-Finnish Business Partnership week aimed at deepening Finnish business engagement in Zambia's green economy.

Ambassador Anttinen said the green economy concept was important for both Zambia and Finland due to its immense benefits which include creation of sustainable jobs.

He also emphasized the need to diversify the Zambian economy to promote trade with other countries.

Ambassador Anttinen said the economic woes of western economies would entail taking a different approach towards assistance to Africa.

"The trend lately has been countries moving towards promoting trade while limiting ODA Official Direct Aid," Ambassador Anttinen said, adding that, "During the meeting, business firms from Finland will find ways on how they can forge ties to promote more trade with their Zambian counterparts."

The Zambia-Finnish Business Partnership week will run from today to Wednesday next week.

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