The government has set aside 20 million U.S. dollars for the new program for rehabilitation, construction and purchase of properties in various Zambian Missions Abroad.
The First secretary for Press and Public Relations Embassy in the Republic of Zambia Cosmas Chileshe made a statement according to which the works on renovation of Zambian property outside the country could be continued in the near future.
According to official sources it has become known that the government has a mortgage financing line of 1.2 million U.S. dollars for the mission in Washington D.C in the 2018 budget and the ministry will resubmit the cabinet memorandum to include new aspects of financing that have emerged over the time.
The ministry of finance will soon present a budget supplementary bill to parliament to seek approval for the additional funding for other missions abroad such as in Berlin and Nairobi. Also the secretary noted that the government considers possibilities to improve service conditions overseas and find solutions to various issues in foreign missions. For this purpose, local foreign diasporas are planned to be attracted to serve for the benefit of all.
Having inspected the state properties in Washington D.C. together with the officials from the Ministry of Works and Supply, Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Dr. Simwinga told a cabinet that the memorandum has recently been drafted to buy properties for missions abroad and acquire mortgages for construction. It is also aimed at reducing expenditure on rented chanceries and residences for diplomatic staff.
Thus, to trust in official data and statements will soon begin the construction and purchase of new real estate, which will further reduce the cost of servicing diplomats outside of Zambia.