German Foreign Minister Steinmeier to visit Zambia, will meet both Opposition and Government officials

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German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier

German Federal Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier will visit Lusaka from 20 to 21
November 2015. He will be accompanied by Members of the German Parliament, a high ranking
business and cultural delegation, as well as the media.

Minister Steinmeier’s program in Lusaka foresees meetings with H.E. President Edgar Chagwa
Lungu, with Hon. Harry Kalaba, Minister of Foreign Affairs, as well as with representatives from the

opposition parties (MMD, UPND, FDD, and NAREP). In addition, Minister Steinmeier – together
with Hon. Margaret Mwanakatwe, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, will host an
Economic Business Roundtable exploring the business climate in Zambia and investment
opportunities for German companies. Minister Steinmeier will also pay a visit to one of Lusaka’s

Compounds in order to familiarize himself with issues such as access to water and sanitation,
urbanization and HIV prevention measures.

On the eve of Foreign Minister Steinmeier’s arrival in Lusaka, German Ambassador Bernd Finke
said:

“I am very much looking forward to Minister Steinmeier’s visit to Zambia. Minister Steinmeier
comes in recognition of the long standing cordial relations between Germany and Zambia, and to recognize Zambia’s international reputation of being a beacon of peace and stability in Africa. The fact that the Minister is accompanied by a high ranking business delegation is an expression of confidence of my country in Zambia’s ability to manage the current economic and energy crisis. The meeting with representatives from MMD, UPND, FDD and NAREP will provide Minister Steinmeier with an overview on the opposition parties’ views on the current political and economic situation in Zambia. Foreign Minister Steinmeier’s visit to Lusaka will be brief, but I trust that it will be a very fruitful visit, which will encourage us to further deepen our bilateral relations and to speed up implementation of existing projects in the fields of water and sanitation, agriculture, energy, good governance and wildlife protection.”

23 COMMENTS

  1. This is time to buy anything in Zambia if you’ve dollars everything is cheap, labour is cheap because you need a few dollars to pay for skills.

    • ”He will be accompanied by Members of the German Parliament, a high ranking
      business and cultural delegation, as well as the media.”
      This is how you travel.Not ba Chagwa who ‘carries’ Belly dancers and stone throwers as part of his entourage.

  2. someone has been working in Berlin, finally an embassy that is on the ball – well done. BTW just don’t mess about with Frank-Walter, Chagwa, he’s no joke…win him over and u have a sympathizer in the EU: cut the shit out with tear-gassing, and open incompetence but above all SOBER UP !!

  3. Quote of the day: “…The fact that the Minister is accompanied by a high ranking business delegation is an expression of confidence of my country in Zambia’s ability to manage the current economic and energy crisis….”.
    Ambassador Bernd Finke, you risk being accused of interfering Zambia’s internal affairs by the opposition.

    • The the other ways round… those Germany businessmen risk their businesses being repossessed by the PF government.

    • That’s one way to looking at it.
      But I think, like me, he’s looking for what to buy on the cheap. From an outsider’s view angle, everything in Zambia is cheap including politicians.

      Mines will again sell on for pennies on the dollar. I hope another “HH” will emerge from among us.

  4. Well done President Lungu and PF Government, this has never happened before in our country’s history. German is the strongest European Economy and has the best technology one can get hand on to.
    Welcome!!

  5. IT IS GOOD THAT THE OPPOSITION IS INVITED TO THE MEETING. PLEASE TELL THE TRUTH WHEN YOU ARE GIVEN CHANCE TO CONTRIBUTE, WITHOUT FEAR OF BEING INTIMIDATED BY THE RULING PARTY. POOR GOVERNANCE AND CORRUPTION AND NON-ADHERENCE TO POLICIES IS WHAT HAS COSTED ZAMBIA TO THIS EXTENT. THE CURRENT PF GOVERNMENT HAS EXTREMELY POOR APPROACH TO GOVERNANCE, IT NEEDS TO BE REPLACED, AND GERMAN SHOULD SUPPORT OPPOSITION IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER TO ENSURE THEY ARE NOT DISADVANTAGED OVER RULING PF PARTY DURING CAMPAIGNS FOR 2016 ELECTIONS. GOVERNMENT MEDIA IS DANGEROUSLY BIASED IN THEIR REPORTING. SUCH BIAS SHOULD BE SORTED OUT BEFORE CAMPAIGNS ARE KICK-STARTED.

  6. But we were told that this is a failed state.How possible is that we can still manage to attract such a powerful delegation

  7. He is coming to talk about how Germany will dump all those emission failed VW’s in Africa using soft, liberal Zambia.

  8. I still remember German foreign minister Steinmeier from Germany as a member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD). He is refined lawyer and politician. Herzlich Willkommen, Herrn Steinmeier!

  9. These guys were the worst colonial rulers of some African countries. Thank God the less evil British defeated them. Look at the South African Boer/German mix. They created Havok in that countries for generations.

  10. No wonder kwacha is strengthening, so much confidence from investors. The Chinese 1 billion dollars business delegation and Now the German business delegation. Kachepa has it that the German foreign minister will advise opposition to be mature in their campaigns, listen to the police who have assessed the volatile situation in Kitwe and want to avoid bloodshed. If it is Edgar who ordered police to stop upnd campaigns in this volatile situation, very good ba Oresident for saving us from bloodshed. That is the mark of a caring President for the situation just requires a spark to turn riotous , and mayhem. Of course that is what HH wants to do for he does not care about about lives and bloodshed.

  11. TheEngineer, I think we should check your DNA in order to understand your cadre mentality. You don’t have to be physically at the hospital, it can be done through the electronic media by simply telling us your name. In Zambia the DNA has been proven to play a critical role in people’s thinking, it seems even some prominent professors have not been spared this type of straight jacket thinking.

  12. Frank-Walter is a listener – I just hope ECL stays sober but above all the Opposition UPND should make a clear Statement as to their road-map for Zambia come a win next year…Germany are very capable of revamping our delapidated DTVT which Kaunda failed to sustain due to misplaced priorities: youth-empowerment without vocational/trades skills will breed even more kaponyality. Secondly make it clear that you stand firm on the new constitution, streamline co-operation with GTZ like the good old days of NORAD; don’t let this Chance slip ‘cos Steinmeier IS a persuasive diplomatic giant in the EU – Willkommen Frank-Walter !!

  13. …and of course a Job well done by the NEW ambassador in Berlin – Keep it up !! Osati monga chi chakolwa before you who was a pathety .

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