By Bennie Mundando
ZAMBIA Air Force Deputy Commander Major General Benedict Kalinda is in Bangalore City, India, for benchmarking at the 13th edition of Aero India- 2021.
The event at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, graced by the President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind is the largest Aviation Expo in the world held under strict COVID health guidelines.
Zambia’s High Commissioner to India Judith Kapijimpanga says India is important for benchmarking in the operationalisation of the existing Defence Industries in Zambia with a view of making them contribute to national economic development.
Mrs. Kapijimpanga says the Aero India 2021 has also provided a global platform for more lessons on disaster management and mitigation during natural calamities as defence wings are key players.
The High Commissioner says the defence wings should take advantage of the Indian Technical and Economic Co- operation -ITEC- programmes, fully sponsored by the Government of India, to further their studies in any field.
She says the attendance of Zambia Air Force -ZAF- Deputy Commander Major General Benedict Kalinda and his entourage, proves Commander in Chief of the Defence Force of Zambia, President Edgar Lungu’s commitment to peace and security.
Mrs. Kapijimpanga says Zambia boasts of having one of the most disciplined defence wings which respects the civilian authority and Zambians in general, thereby making the Country a beacon of peace and democracy.
Meanwhile, Zambia Air Force Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff Major General Benedict Kalinda says defence is dynamic which calls for specialized training opportunities with countries such as India.
The mega event has attracted defence wings from over 43 countries with participation from various Southern African Development Community -SADC- Region and beyond.
This is contained in a statement released by First Secretary Press and Tourism at the Zambian Mission in India Bangwe Naviley Chisenga.