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Czech Gems in Zambia

An exhibition about the beauties of the Czech landscape, inventions and the industrial heritage was opened in Choma, Southern Province, Zambia.

The opening of the exhibition was graced by the presence of the Minister of the Southern Province, Hon. Daniel Munkombwe, and the Chargé d’Affaires of the Czech Republic Mr. Petr Starý.

The introductory speech of Mr. Petr Starý focused on the friendly history of the Czech-Zambian relations whose roots can be traced more than one hundred years into the history, when the Czech explorer Emil Holub visited what are today’s Southern and Western Provinces of Zambia. The Czech Republic is still active in both provinces through its development projects. Many visitors of the exhibition were surprised to learn about the Czech origins of the in Zambia ubiquitous Bata Shoe Company. The panel explaining the Czech discovery of blood types was found equally interesting.

The Czech Centre in Choma is a product of a private benefaction of Mr. Chibwe Kaoma, former Czechoslovak scholar and a continuing friend of the Czech Republic in Zambia. It is a unique representation of the Czech culture in the southern Africa. In addition to temporary exhibitions, it hosts a small Czech library.