PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema is scheduled to attend the 36th ordinary session of the African Union Assembly on Saturday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, together with other African Heads of State.
The summit, which serves as the continent’s highest decision-making body, will be held on February 18 and 19.
The President of State will continue to make tours to help the nation regain its glory, according to a statement from Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Stanley Kakubo.
President Hichilema will continue to undertake trips and participate in meetings such as the African Union Summit that present an opportunity for Zambia to not only advance and protect her interests at continental level but also be part of the decision making process in key areas such as regional integration, peace and security, good governance, food security and nutrition,” he said.
He asserted that President Hichilema has a responsibility to rebuild faith in the international community in order to draw in more investment and raise the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP).
The President’s trips are strategic as the President meets key stakeholders relevant to Zambia’s economic growth. President Hichilema has indicated that he will spend 70 percent of his time in the country to resolve rigidities that are taking too long to attract investment,” he said.
According to Mr. Kakubo, the summit brings together all African heads of state and government as well as the leaders of other institutions, providing an opportunity to network with all important participants in the development dialogue.
With this Summit particularly focusing on the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Zambia will use her presence to explore ways to leverage opportunities accorded by the single African market for the betterment of the people, while at the same time contributing to deepening economic integration, industrialization and structural economic transformation,” he said.