In the new program for rehabilitation, construction and purchase of properties in various Zambian Missions Abroad Government has set aside 20 million U.S. dollars.
The First secretary for Press and Public Relations Embassy of the Republic of Zambia Cosmas Chileshe made a statement according to which works on restoration and continuation of renovation of property of Zambia outside the country can be continued in the near future.
According to official sources it became known that in the 2018 budget, government has a mortgage financing line of 1.2 million U.S. dollars for the mission in Washington D.C and the ministry will resubmit the cabinet memorandum to include new aspects of financing that have emerged overtime.
The Ministry of finance will soon present to parliament a budget supplementary bill to seek approval to spend the additional funding to include other missions abroad such as Berlin and Nairobi. Also the secretary noted that government considers possibilities to improve conditions of service out of the country and the solution of various problems in foreign missions. For this purpose, it is planned to attract local foreign diasporas which according to the government can serve for the benefit of their country.
After inspecting government properties in Washington D.C. together with officials from the Ministry of Works and Supply Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Dr. Simwinga said a cabinet that the memorandum was recently tabled to buy properties for missions abroad to acquire mortgages for construction and 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.