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US Africa Leaders Summit will be held in Washington, DC

The US Africa Leaders Summit will be held in Washington, DC, the following week, and will include President Hakainde Hichilema as a participant.

President Hakainde Hichilema will attend the US Africa Leaders Summit, which will take place from December 13–15, 2022, in Washington, D.C., according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Among those attending the summit, which will be hosted by US Vice President Joe Biden, according to Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Stanley Kakubo, will be African Heads of State and Government, business executives, members of civil society, top US-African investors, and chief executive officers from around the world.

He stated that increasing cooperation on common global concerns and the significance of US-Africa relations will be highlighted at the summit.

“President Hichilema and other Heads of State and Government are expected to deliberate on opportunities for public-private partnerships; bolstering the US-Africa economic relationship; access to capital; food insecurity, and promoting sustainable economic growth and development.

On Thursday 15th December, 2022, the official day for the Leaders Summit, the President is scheduled to deliver a statement during the Leaders Session on Partnering on Agenda 2063. The President will also participate in the inaugural US-Africa Business Forum and various panel discussions including the Civil Society Forum; and the Conservation, Climate Adaptation and Just Energy Transition Forum, prior to the Leaders Summit,” he said.

Mr Kakubo said on the margins of the Summit, the President is scheduled to attend a meeting organized by the Council on Foreign Relations as well as an engagement for African Heads of State and Government, at the invitation of the Atlantic Council.

“In addition, President Hichilema will hold bilateral meetings with other leaders and business executives to forge strong partnerships for collaboration particularly in trade and investment for Zambia. The President is keen to see higher levels of Foreign Direct Investment into Zambia and will use the high-level engagements to stimulate greater interest and leverage opportunities for collaborative partnerships for mutual benefit,” he said.

The Minister added that President remains steadfastly committed to carrying out strong and ambitious economic programs intended to revive the nation’s economy.

He asserted that the President’s attendance at the Summit is essential for maximizing economic potential, fostering entrepreneurship and industry-focused growth, and advancing progress for Zambians.

“It will also shore up Zambia’s credentials as a proponent of multilateralism, international cooperation and sustainable development anchored on peace and security,” he said.

President Hichilema is anticipated to leave for Zambia from the United States of America right after his engagements, according to Mr. Kakubo.

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