PRESS STATEMENT – Turkish Waste Management Experts Visit Zambia

Ankara, Sunday, 25th February, 2018-A nine-member team of experts from the Turkish Co-operation and Co-ordination Agency (TIKA) and Turkish Red Crescent is today expected in Lusaka to conduct a waste management needs assessment exercise and Training of Trainers’ (TOT) course in waste management, and techniques in packaging health education information for health promotion officers.

The TIKA waste management team consisting of six experts will carry out a Training of Trainers exercise and needs assessment in waste management, under the auspices of Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA).

Charge’d’ Affaires of Zambia in Turkey, Bwalya Nondo, said the one week programme which will also target stakeholders from the Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection, Lusaka City Council, Ministry of Local Government and the civil society among others, is aimed at determining and tailor-making intervention measures to equip Zambia with technical know-how for effective waste management.

‘’The scope of the exercise will cover waste management administration, waste management policies, creation of waste management synergies with municipalities and waste recycling and entrepreneurship to name but a few, ‘’ Mr. Nondo said.

And three experts from the Turkish Red Crescent will conduct a Training of Trainers’ course for Health promotion officers under the Ministry of Health. The course is aimed at imparting information packaging techniques for effective health promotion and communication skills, which is key to enhancing health knowledge, and promoting positive health attitudes and practices in communities.

“The team will also interact with the Ministry of Health to see how best Turkey’s expertise in prevention and control of communicable diseases arising from environmental factors, can be harnessed,” Mr. Nondo said.

Mr. Nondo who held a sendoff meeting with the TIKA and the Turkish Red Crescent, hailed the development co-operation between Turkey and Zambia.

He said the support rendered to Zambia’s development agenda in various areas which included capacity-building and human resource development, highly epitomized the warm relations between the two countries.

Last year, ZEMA Director-General John Msimuko undertook a visit to Turkey to explore avenues for institutional capacity-building, best practices and technical support to put the agency in good stead to be more responsive to waste management challenges.

Issued by:

Jerry Munthali

First Secretary (Press)

EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA, ANKARA, TURKEY

Email: jerrymunthali@gmail.com

Mobile number: +905389830699

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