Nooke travels to Zambia for Independence Day

Günter Nooke

21.10.2014 |

Lusaka – The German Chancellor's Personal Representative for Africa and BMZ Commissioner for Africa, Günter Nooke, today travelled to Zambia to represent the German government at the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Zambia's independence on 23 and 24 October.

Günter Nooke said, "The 50 years since Zambia's independence have been marked by stability, peace, and efforts to balance interests between regions. Since 1991, Zambia has had a multi-party system, and a peaceful change of government took place in 2011. The country is moving ahead on a democratic path, but there are still great challenges when it comes to poverty reduction and improvements in the human rights situation. Development cooperation and, even more importantly, responsible private-sector involvement, including by German investors, continue to be indispensable."

Before the independence ceremonies, Günter Nooke will have meetings with Zambian government officials and with civil society representatives. He will also visit a copper mine in Luanshya and an agricultural project of Amatheon Agri, a company based in Germany. Another item on his schedule will be a visit to the Itawa spring to be briefed about the International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP).

When Zambia became independent 50 years ago, Germany entered into bilateral development cooperation with the country right away. The achievements of that cooperation are particularly evident in the water sector. German projects have benefitted more than two million people. Germany is also supporting Zambia in building the capacity of its water authorities and in meeting new challenges posed by climate change.

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