THE Japanese government has honoured two Zambian professionals for their distinguished services they have rendered to the country which are aimed at strengthening bilateral relationship between Zambia and Japan.
Speaking when he presented awards to University of Zambia professor of veterinary medicine Prof. Aaron Mweene and Zambia National Blood Transfusing Service medical director Dr. Joseph Mulenga at the Japanese foreign minister’s commendation ceremony at his residence, outgoing Japanese Ambassador to Zambia Kiyoshi Koinuma said the duo had outstanding achievements in international fields.
Mr. Koinuma said Prof. Mweene and Dr. Mulenga had contributed a lot in the promotion of understanding and between Japan and Zambia, hence their awards to acknowledge their contributions.
“As you may be aware, Prof. Mweene studied at Hokkaido University between 1992 and 1997 and after coming back to Zambia, he has been involved in so many co-projects with the Japanese government institutions such as JICA. He has been very instrumental in providing support for the activities of the Lusaka office of Hokkaido University here in Zambia.
“Dr. Mulenga visited Japan in 1995 as a participant of the JICA training programme and since 1998, he has been hosting or supporting so many events as president of the JICA Fellowship Association for the past 18 years and we are here today to celebrate their achievements together,” Mr. Koinuma
He said he has enjoyed the period he has served in Zambia since 2013 and that as a result of a good working environment; it was easy for him to discharge his duties which aimed at strengthening the bilateral relationship of the two countries.
And Prof. Mweene said the collaboration of UNZA with Japan spans over 30 years and it has resulted in development of critical human resource which had enabled quality delivery of veterinary services in Zambia.
He also said the partnership had developed human resource and capacity for preparedness against any outbreaks of any dangerous infectious diseases of animals and humans in Zambia.
“You can see that we really need to improve on building the capacity in terms of training and research. We can’t do this alone; we have to partner with other stakeholders and we are fortunate to have collaborating partners like Japan,” Prof. Mweene said.