The decision was taken on Saturday by the Swedish ambassador, Her Excellence Lena Nordstrom. To have a Zambian chess player among the 128 best in the World is not just Zambian chess history but general Zambian Sport history. The Swedish Embassy is very happy to be able to help Gillian Bwalya to make his Dream come true.
Her Excellence Lena Nordstrom hopes that this can motivate more Zambian School Children to start playing chess as this will greatly beneficial as research has shown that young children playing chess get better academic results.
Sweden has been cooperating with Zambia since independence 1965. On the whole, Zambia has been one of the biggest recipients when it comes to Swedish aid. With the overall objective to continue to contribute to poverty reduction, the Swedish Government has approved a strategy for Swedish development cooperation with Zambia to be implemented by Sida (the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency)