Zambia’s Ambassador to Japan, Ndiyoi Mutiti has praised Africa Business Education -ABE- initiative for the youth programme that has seen fifteen Zambians being invited to be among the 280 delegates.
Speaking during the reception of students in Tokyo Mrs. Mutiti said the ABE initiative is a brilliant programme because of the combination between academic and hands-on business experience which is beneficial to African economies.
Mrs. Mutiti adds that graduates of the ABE initiative have proved to be innovative and are expected to pass on the knowledge and expertise to their respective economies.
She has urged Zambian students to work hard and represent the country well.
Meanwhile, Japan International Cooperation Agency -JICA- president, Shinichi Kitaoka said the programme has witnessed an increase in the number of Japanese companies and Universities taking part thereby increasing the number of scholarships.
Mr. Kitaoka says the number of companies participating in the programme has increased to 450 in 2017 from 200 in 2014 when the initiative was started.
And Japan-African Union Parliamentary Friendship League Deputy Director, Asahiko Mihara encouraged the students to be exemplary in their studies to maximize the benefits for their respective countries.
Fifteen Zambians are among 2-hundred and 80 students across Africa who have been selected for the 2018 Africa Business Education -ABE- initiative for youth programme.
The students who have been awarded scholarships for Masters Degrees and internship programme will be admitted to 70 Universities and placed in numerous companies in Japan.
This is contained in a statement made available to ZNBC news by first secretary for press and public relations Yotamu Mugara.