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Ndiyoi M. Mutiti

Embassy of the Republic of Zambia

Date of birth: March 25, 1961

Hometown: Lusaka

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 3 (as of October 2018)

Ndiyoi M. Mutiti
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

I had a positive impression of the way operational systems are managed in an orderly and organized manner, despite the huge population. It was also striking how polite society is and the assurance of safety and security. The cuisine was another great adventure on arrival.

Q2: Please state your motto in life and why you have chosen it.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” This is what informs my commitment to upholding values such as hard work, and discipline. I also put great value on people as they are the underlying factor for most decision making.

Q3 : Over your career, what achievement are you the proudest of?

I would not wish to single out a single event or program as my career achievement. Instead, I see my achievements as a continuum of events relating to how I have managed three aspects of my life, which are being a wife, a parent and a professional. Successfully serving as a senior government official and an ambassador is indeed a great achievement.

Q4 : What are your goals during your time in Japan, your current position or in life?

Enhance bilateral relations between Zambia and Japan for the mutual benefit of the two countries and people. I endeavor to contribute to the economic and cultural well-being of Zambia by promoting business opportunities available in the country’s growing economy, coupled with the country’s unique tourism and cultural features. I am also committed to ensuring that Japan business houses find a niche in Zambia’s economy.

Q5 : What wisdom, advice or tips can you give to people living and working in Japan?

I would like to urge the people of Japan to seriously consider visiting Zambia either as tourists or as investors. When you do visit, go with an open mind and lay aside the stereotypes about what Africa is supposed to be like. Once you visit Zambia, you will have an experience of a lifetime as you sample its breathtaking scenery and natural wonders. You will also be welcomed by very warm and friendly people. Furthermore, my advice to the Japanese private sector is that there are a lot of business opportunities awaiting them in Zambia as the country is open for business. Zambia has made great strides in reducing the cost of doing business. Hence, there is a conducive environment for investment.

Last updated: Oct 29, 2018