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Republic of Zambia Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

PRESS STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION, ON THE VISIT BY MR. HAKAINDE HICHILEMA, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA TO THE KINGDOM OF BELGIUM AND THE REPUBLIC OF RWANDA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation wishes to inform the Nation that Mr. Hakainde Hichilema, President of the Republic of Zambia has accepted a rare invitation to address the European Union (EU) Parliament in Brussels, Belgium on Thursday, 23rd June, 2022.


President Hichilema’s visit to Brussels is at the invitation of Her Excellency Ms. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Union (EU) Commission and Her Excellency Ms. Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament.
The President will immediately after his Address, travel to Kigali, Rwanda to participate in the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) scheduled for 23rd to 25th June, 2022.


While in Brussels, the President will also hold bilateral meetings with the EU Parliament President; the European Union Vice President/Commissioner for Trade; the Vice President European Commission Green Deal; the European Union Commissioner for International Partnerships; the Minister of State for Development, Francophone and International Partnerships of France, and the Secretary General of the Organisation for African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS).


In addition, the President will participate in a Roundtable Discussion on the Relationship between Trade and Food Security.
Through his engagements in Brussels, President Hichilema will consolidate the New Dawn Government’s efforts to unlock the country’s economy through forging meaningful partnerships for collaboration, particularly in trade and investment for the betterment of the people of Zambia. Such collaborations were manifested at the Inaugural EU Zambia Economic Forum that was successfully held in Lusaka, Zambia, May 2022.


At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which will be hosted by His Excellency Mr. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, President Hichilema will be accompanied by the First Lady, Mrs. Mutinta Hichilema. This will be the President’s inaugural Commonwealth Summit and it will be the first time, since 2011, that Zambia has attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at the level of Head of State.


On the margins of the Summit, the President is expected to hold bilateral consultations with different leaders of Member States of the Commonwealth on pertinent issues aimed at exploring areas of economic and social cooperation.


The CHOGM, which is held every two years, presents an opportunity for Commonwealth Member States to review international political and economic developments; examine avenues for Commonwealth cooperation, and explore ways of pooling resources and innovations to help transform common challenges into opportunities.


President Hichilema’s international engagements continue to be underpinned by his Administration’s unwavering commitment to transform the country’s economy and create equitable opportunities for the Zambian people, especially women and the youth. The Government is actively designing and implementing interventions aimed at enhancing productivity in agriculture, mining, energy, financial services, tourism, technology, health, education, as well as supporting the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises.


In view of the foregoing, the President’s high level engagements of addressing the EU Parliament and participation at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, will provide valuable opportunities for increased cooperation with international partners, which is vital to Zambia’s economic transformation agenda.
The President is expected to return to Zambia on 25th June, 2022.
(Original signed)

Hon. Stanley K. Kakubo, M.P
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

20th June, 2022

Pic Moses Mtonga Photography

6 COMMENTS

  1. Yaba.

    You could not make this up, even if you were a fiction writer.

    I think Hakainde has made the most trips as Zambian president in his first year of office.

    Is this the same man that used to insult corrupt Lungu over his numerous foreign trips?

    To make matters worse, we are not seeing the benefits of these trips. It’s only lip service.

    The late Tanzanian president managed to make his country a middle income country with very very few trips abroad. Why can’t Hakainde follow the model?

    We are heading in the wrong direction. And I am not alone in this assessment.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-61795026

  2. Indigo
    Lungu was a celebrate in drinking wherever, he went, and parting , and you compare this to our HH. Only has one wife, and doesn’t drink. So compare and contrast between between the 2.

  3. You dont even need to explain to me. I really know that each time our president travels out, its for the betterment of our country. He travels thin and brings out results that by far outweighs the travel expenses. As for me…travel on our dear president…more oppotunities for Zambia.

  4. It amazes me how people can be filled with hatred and abominate the president. This is done out of deep-rooted tribalism which had been allowed, unfortunately, to take root in our society.
    Is this the country my children and grandchildren will grow up in?

  5. Muntu wakaso atengeko mukadzi wake for a change. Let this miser of a man travel with his wife for a change. I remember how when Madam Edith Nawakwi one time criticized him he fired back asking whether Nawakwi had nothing to cook in her kitchen. I am sure our President has always thought First Lady Madam Mutinta Hichilema’s rightful place is the kitchen and not to be tagging along wherever he goes. Probably, when extending the invitation to President Hichilema Her Excellency Ms. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Union (EU) Commission and Her Excellency Ms. Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament requested that he travels with the wife or it could be a requirement of the Commonwealth Heads of States Summit. We know he has no business to do in Brussels other than to woo and sell the country’s mineral wealth to Europeans whilst he poses for selfies with them.

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