Picture of Carmen M. Martinez The Zambian Chronicle has recognized the current US Ambassador Carmen M Martinez to Zambia as the best ever. Our commitment to the cause and accession has been based on a matrix of issues among which a few are underpinned here below. 

Ø       In less than two (2) years of her appointment and subsequently being sworn in, Carmen M Martinez has managed to warm the hearts of the people of the Zambian Enterprise thereby creating a sense of partnership in development. Previous ambassadors were seen more as big brothers/big sisters waiting and watching what the next mistake would be before they issued what was perceived to be the way things ought to be run. 

Ø       Carmen M Martinez has participated in a lot more community activities in her 18 months in office than any other ambassador’s complete tenure we could think of … she has not only been that active but also been more of a good voice for and on behalf of the Zambian Enterprise at the State Department. 

Ø       Despite being a recipient of the Presidential Award for Meritorious Service in 2003 among other awards such as being a recipient of Senior Foreign Service Performance Awards in 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003 and 2005; Ambassador Martinez comes out as a down to earth ambassador principally focused on representing her great nation. 

Ø       Although she is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, she does not let her seniority come in her way of service of spreading good tidings thereby building the best ever relationship between the United States of America and the Zambian Enterprise. 

Ø       Those close to her office and those who have worked with her have always attested to what a brilliant leader she is and how she is good at taking others point of views before putting a stamp on her own line of thought. 

Ø       Lastly but not the least, Ambassador Martinez was very instrumental in helping shape the negotiations that helped the Zambian Enterprise reach its benchmarks for the completion of the HIPC process. She has been more than supportive in helping direct new inflows always wanting the most benefit for the Zambian Enterprise. 

Ambassdor Martinez holds an MA degree in Medieval History, an MS degree in National Security and Strategic Resources, and speaks Portuguese, Spanish and Thai apart English of course…

Our only worry at the Zambian Chronicle is that the appointing authorities may promote her and send her to another assignment before she does even more good for the Zambian Enterprise as people of her caliber are rare to find … thanks a trillion.

 

Brainwave R Mumba, Sr.

CEO & President – Zambian Chronicle

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