President Lungu urges new Ambassadors to Zambia to increase investment

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President Edgar Lungu  (R) greets Israel Ambassador to Zambia Gershon Kedar as Pakistan  Ambassador Asaf Khan (Second from left) and Iran ambassador to Zambia  Mohammed Aminnejad (L) Looks on at State House where the Ambassadors presented credentials to him in Lusaka on Thursday, September 17,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Edgar Lungu (R) greets Israel Ambassador to Zambia Gershon Kedar as Pakistan Ambassador Asaf Khan (Second from left) and Iran ambassador to Zambia Mohammed Aminnejad (L) Looks on at State House where the Ambassadors presented credentials to him in Lusaka on Thursday, September 17,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has assured that his Government will continue to promote private sector-driven economy aimed at spurring economic growth.

Mr Lungu said opportunities for foreign investment in Zambia were plenty and urged newly appointed Ambassadors to ensure that their countries increased investment portfolios in the country.

“Investment opportunities are abound especially in the government-prioritised areas of agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, energy and water development and mining.

“I strongly believe, therefore, that your respective countries have a lot to offer Zambia through the enhancement of trade and investment.

I encourage your Excellencies to harness this potential during your tour of duty and increase your countries’ investment portfolio in Zambia,” he said.

The Head of State was speaking in Lusaka when he received letters of credence from five ambassadors-designate and one High Commissioner at State House yesterday.

Mr Lungu received credentials from Filipo Scammaca who is the new Italian ambassador to Zambia as well as Leonidas Contovounesios, the new envoy for Greece.

Others were Alicia Moral Revilla as new Spanish ambassador as well as Mohammed Aminnejad from Iran and Gershon Khan of Israel. Asaf Khan also presented his papers as Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Zambia.

Mr Lungu said the Government was encouraging the setting up of joint venture projects between Zambian and foreign investors.

Mr Lungu noted that Zambia’s central location in Africa offered a huge market for business and urged investors from the new envoys to set up business distribution centres in the country.

He said Zambia’s bilateral relations continued to be guided by the country’s foreign policy focus based on national development priorities.

“Our 2014 revised foreign policy will, therefore, continue to serve as a point of reference for shaping and enhancing our partnerships and cooperation,” he said.

The President urged Mr Scammaca to help in building and strengthening the existing cooperation between Zambia and Italy and establish new avenues of mutual partnership in areas that cut across socio-economic, trade and investment.

Mr Lungu said that although Zambia and Greece have been hit by economic challenges, he hoped that the two countries would explore new avenues of cooperation, to pave way for increased trade and meaningful economic, social and cultural cooperation for the mutual benefit of the two countries and peoples.

He said Zambia was keen to benefit from Iran’s expertise in alternative sources of energy, especially now when the country and sub-Saharan Africa was facing a serious power deficit.

On Spain, Mr Lungu said Zambia had continued to cooperate with the European country in area of education, but urged Ms Revilla to explore new areas of cooperation in order to strengthen the country’s bilateral relations.

Mr Lungu said his government had demonstrated commitment to strengthening relations with Israel as demonstrated with the recent opening of a diplomatic mission in Tel Aviv.

The head of State said Zambia looked forward to learning from Pakistan, which is South Asia’s second largest economy, on its experience and enter into agreements in areas of trade and investment.

President Lungu receives credentials from Pakistan Ambassador to Zambia Asaf  Khan  (R) at State House on Thursday, September 17,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Lungu receives credentials from Pakistan Ambassador to Zambia Asaf Khan (R) at State House on Thursday, September 17,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Lungu receives credentials from Israel ambassador to Zambia Gershon Kedar  (R) at State House on Thursday, September 17,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Lungu receives credentials from Israel ambassador to Zambia Gershon Kedar (R) at State House on Thursday, September 17,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Lungu receives credentials from Italian Ambassador to Zambia Filipo Scammacca Del Murgo E Dell'agnone at State House on Thursday, September 17,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Lungu receives credentials from Italian Ambassador to Zambia Filipo Scammacca Del Murgo E Dell’agnone at State House on Thursday, September 17,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA

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President Lungu receives credentials from Greece ambassador to Zambia  Leonidas Contovounesios (R) at State House on Thursday, September 17,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Lungu receives credentials from Greece ambassador to Zambia Leonidas Contovounesios (R) at State House on Thursday, September 17,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Lungu receives credentials from Spain Ambassador to Zambia  Alicia Moral  Revilla (R) at State House on Thursday, September 17,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Lungu receives credentials from Spain Ambassador to Zambia Alicia Moral Revilla (R) at State House on Thursday, September 17,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Lungu receives credentials from Spain Ambassador to Zambia  Alicia Moral  Revilla (R) at State House on Thursday, September 17,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Lungu receives credentials from Spain Ambassador to Zambia Alicia Moral Revilla (R) at State House on Thursday, September 17,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
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8 COMMENTS

  1. Haha,who told GRZ to schedule mortal enemies of Israel ,that is Iranian,Pakistani envoys for a photo op all together? Won’t look good back home in Tehran and Islamabad.

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  2. Always asking for investment from the outside world, we have plenty of natural resources and educated people who some are living in the diaspora because of little or no recognition back home. Imagine going back to work for the govt after acquiring so much education and only to be insulted by kaponyas. My point is, we cannot afford to beg for investors to come and develop our country, we must do it ourselves because we have the resources and the brains. But the political environment in Zambia is too dangerous and unwelcoming even for its own people. The countries we are begging for investment from, are were they are because they have worked hard and put measures in place to local investment. It seems the politicians have no clue hence preaching this song over and over.

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  3. Point of correction Mr president, it is Israel that has hudge expertise in alternative energies, Iran sits on the world’s 4th largest fossil reserves and don’t care much about alternatives.

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    • Dumb President making DUMB statements again!

      This man is really clueless. He probably thinks that “doing his homework” is reading the labels of whiskey bottles!

      Zambia cannot afford such mediocrity, ignorance and incompetence any longer! This dullard must resign or be booted out.

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    • If he was reading from a script and this was not a misquote, he should sack his advisor. This is quite imbarassing on the international stage. If lungu was trying to be clever and tried to memorise his notes and ended up looking ignorant, he should strictly stick to reading prepared notes before he makes us the laughing stock of the Africans.

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  4. If you were an investor would you really consider investing in Zambia right now? With the load shedding and poor performance of the Kwacha against major currencies? No siree! EL needs to start looking people in the eye. He always looks down. Why?

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  5. Lungu’s humility is staggering, never before have we had a President this humble.
    No wonder anyone could even ask the President send condoms!

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