By Scoop Reporter
Minister of Defence Ambrose Lufuma says Zambia is ready to acquire the latest state-of-the-art technology system to safeguard its cyber space through military partnerships with the Indian Government.
In a pre-recorded address yesterday at the 12th Edition of the India-Africa Defence Dialogue being held in the State of Gujarat, whose theme is “Path to Pride,” Mr. Lifuma said India has contributed a lot in the quest to modernise Zambia’s Defence Forces through training programmes spanning over four decades.
He said during the period, Zambia’s Defence Forces have received invaluable financial and technical support and that the establishment of the Zambia Defence Forces Command and Staff College with mutual support from 1995 to 2008 is another example of how the two countries have collaborated over the years.
He noted that though relatively young in comparison to other staff colleges in the region, the college has worldwide acclaim because of its high standard of imparting knowledge which has translated into the ever-increasing demand for more slots on the course by various countries in the region and beyond.
“The Indian military is a true partner in military development and we look forward to strengthening this partnership. The Indian Defence Forces have also invested heavily in research and development institutions and made great strides in information technology. All these avenues will be of immense benefits to our Defence Forces as we look forward to expanding our cooperation and collaboration to even greater heights.
“Zambia has also identified India as a strategic partner in the fight against cyber-attacks and modernisation of Information Technology. To this effect, Zambia is ready to partner with India in the exchange programme for students to learn from India on the subject. In addition, Zambia is ready to acquire the latest state-of-the-art technology system to safeguard its cyber space through military partnerships with the Indian Government,” Mr. Lifuma said.