Zambia official hopes for Japan's investment

A Zambian official in charge of foreign investment has expressed the hope that many more Japanese businesses will enter his country.

Francis Chikonde, business development specialist of the Zambia Development Agency, talked to NHK in Tokyo on Thursday.

Copper and cobalt mining has bolstered the country's economy. But Chikonde says dependence on mining is not sustainable in the long term.

Chikonde stresses that Zambia wants to promote other priority sectors. He especially welcomes Japanese investment in farming and information technology, saying Japan's technology and hard-working culture will help Zambia to develop.

Friday marks the 50th anniversary of Zambia's independence. Since then, Chikonde says the country has not gone through a war or other conflict, and is stable both politically and socially.