President Edgar Lungu has called for strengthening of bilateral cooperation with Botswana, Saudi Arabia,and South Africa.
The Head of State said Botswana, Saudi Arabia and South Africa have been significant bilateral and multilateral cooperating partners to Zambia’s development.
President Lungu said this today when he received letters of credence from the Saudi Arabian Ambassador Abdullah Alowaifeer, Botswana High Commissioner Lebonaamang Mokalake and South African High Commissioner Sikosi Ntombazana Mji.
Speaking after receiving their letters of credence President Lungu noted that Zambia has over the years enjoyed warm relations with the three countries characterized by strong bonds of friendship, partnership and cooperation.
He explained that as he accepts their letters of credence; Zambia looks back at the 50 years since independence with great pride of the milestones achieved with her partners.
President Lungu recounted that the relations date back to the pre-independence era during which nationals from the three countries came to settle in the country and made Zambia their home.
He explained that the investment incentives in country’s economy especially in the priority areas such as agriculture, infrastructure, mining, tourism, and manufacturing are designed to provide confidence and benefits to investors.
President Lungu added that the economic strategies are intended to contribute towards poverty alleviation and creation of decent employment and prosperity for the ordinary Zambian.
The Head of State hoped that the appointments of the Ambassador and the two High Commissioners will enable Zambia and the three countries to enhance cooperation and assured the diplomats of his support in their duties.