President Edgar Lungu has returned to Lusaka after witnessing the official opening of the 51st Zambia International Trade Fair in Ndola.
The International Trade Fair was officially opened by his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta who has since left for His country.
The Presidential challenger carrying the Republican President touched down Kenneth Kaunda international airport at exactly 17:47hours, this evening.
He was received by Vice president Inonge Wina, PF secretary general Davis Chama,service chiefs and party officials
Earlier in the day President Lungu in the company of his Kenyan counterpart President Kenyatta flew to the Copperbelt where the Kenyan President was scheduled to open this year’s international trade fair whose theme was “Prosperity through business reforms and Linkages”.
And Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta says Trade fairs provide platforms to sample market opportunities and products in order to form linkages that are essential for development.
He said Zambia’s and Kenya’s participation in each other’s respective trade affairs provide an opportunity for trade and investment.
Mr Kenyatta said at the on going Trade Fair held under the theme: “Prosperity through business reforms and linkages” because of the cordial bilateral relations the two countries enjoy 12 companies from Kenya are exhibiting at the trade fair adding that there is need for trade and investment to be exploited further.
He said Kenya and Zambia are committed to removing trade barriers through the cooperation reforms signed by the two countries.
The visiting East African President said improved trade and investment will boost economic emancipation and create job opportunities for youths.
Mr Kenyatta said it is cardinal that youths are empowered by providing market opportunities for them in order to transform Africa into middle income continent.
He said it is encouraging that Zambia has established itself as window to showcase products.
He pledged his continued support to the two countries to ensure free and increased trade.
And Zambia International Trade Affair Chairperson Emmanuel Hachipuka said there is an increase in the number of companies exhibiting at this year’s trade fair.
Mr. Hachipuka said over 501 companies are exhibiting at this years trade fair of which 17 are foreign.
Meanwhile President Lungu and his Kenyan counterpart earlier toured selected stands that are exhibiting at this year’s international trade fair.
The stands the two leaders visited included Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, ZICTA, ZESCO and the Zambia Police.
Others include the Kenyan and Democratic Republic of Congo stands as well as the PF stand.
The two heads of state have since left Ndola.