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Deputy Minister Tomáš Dub in Zambia

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Tomáš Dub was on an official visit to Zambia from the 23rd to the 24th of January 2014.

During his two day stay in Zambia he met with the Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defence , Commerce, Trade and Industry. There was also a courtesy meeting at Lusaka Airport between Deputy Minister Dub and the Zambian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wylbur Simuusa.

The two sides were reminded of the more than hundred-year history of Zambian‑Czech relations which began with the exploratory travels of Emil Holub up to the current form – development cooperation, regular awarding of university scholarships, a functioning Czech Centre in Choma and intensive bilateral political relations. The main part of the discussions was centred on the quickly strengthening but still unsatisfactory economic relations. The Czech Republic and Zambia share some common characteristics, in both cases they are landlocked countries with a population of 10-14 million people, economically dependent on exports to bigger and geographically nearer markets. Both have an interest in the diversification of their economies and the territorial structures of their foreign trade.

The Deputy Minister also visited a youth centre in the Lusaka neighbourhood of Chibolya which faces numerous social problems. The establishment of the youth centre became a reality thanks to the financial support from the Czech Republic. The Deputy Minister appreciated the impact of this project and wished the children  successs in their education.