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LUSAKA, July 31 (Xinhua) — Zambian Vice President Rupiah Banda has said that the International Smart Partnership Dialogue Global 2008 being held here will help Zambia provide solutions to overcome some of its challenges.

    At a dinner Wednesday night hosted for participants attending the dialogue which will end Thursday the vice president said Dialogue brings about understanding among people as it enables both sides to present their views on issues of common interest, according to Zambia News and Information Services.

    Banda said that solutions to the current rising food and oil prices can also be found in Dialogue among all stakeholders.

    He said the smart partnership movement is worth supporting as it is a creative and practical method of solving problems.

    He called on leaders from all sections of society to engage in Dialogue in order to find solutions that will improve people’s lives.

    He said Zambia’s spirit of unity in cultural diversity should be encouraged as it embraces Dialogue for the common good.

    Banda said that Zambia can learn from Uganda’s vision of transforming peasant farmers into commercial farmers and Malaysia’s path of economic growth.

    Ugandan Minister of Legal Affairs Sam Kutesa commended Zambia for successfully hosting the three-day event that attracted over 400 delegates across the globe.

    Kutesa said Uganda is challenged to organize the event next year and ensure it is fruitful to the satisfaction of participating countries.

    The fellows of Commonwealth Partnership for Technology Management (CPTM) congratulated Zambia for hosting a successful dialogue.

    In their message read by Chief Executive and Joint Dialogue Convener Mihaela Smith, the fellows said the CPTM recognized the importance of devising new and improved ways to measure the contribution and value of the dialogue process.

    They hoped the challenges of climate change health, food and water shortages and poverty will be tackled using the expertise and experience gained in the smart partnership movement.

    The CPTM fellows also accepted the invitations from the governments of Uganda and Malaysia to host dialogues in 2009 and 2010.    

Editor: Jiang Yuxia