PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema is scheduled to arrive in Mozambique today and stay there for three days.
The purpose of the President of State’s visit is to strengthen both partnerships and bilateral ties between Zambia and Mozambique.
The visit, which is at the request of the president of Mozambique, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, will take place from April 4 to April 6 this week, according to Stanley Kakubo, minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation.
In a statement, Mr. Kakubo added that the visit will further solidify bilateral ties between Zambia and Mozambique and expand collaborations for development.
“Mozambique remains a strategic partner for Zambia within the southern region, as a key transport link through the seaport of Beira.
During the visit, President Hichilema and President Nyusi are scheduled to hold bilateral talks focusing on key issues aimed at enhancing trade, investment, and infrastructure development between the two countries, as well as issues related to peace and security within the SADC region,” he said.
He mentioned that additional events planned for the state visit include a tour of the Maputo Gas Power Station, a visit to the port in Beira, and a business forum between Zambia and Mozambique.
President Hichilema is still steadfastly committed to strengthening Zambia’s ties with its neighbors in the region through stronger bilateral and regional collaboration, Mr. Kakubo reaffirmed.
“The President has continued to emphasise the importance of increased collaboration through trade and investment and beneficial joint ventures at regional and continental levels, in order to provide the necessary building blocks and opportunities that are crucial to ensuring improved livelihoods and integral economic transformation.”
“Therefore, President Hichilema’s visit to Mozambique will allow for the firming of the longstanding ties between the two sister countries and unlocking the much needed economic opportunities that will yield tangible benefits to the people of Zambia,” he said.