President Edgar Lungu has joined several heads of states and government from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) region who are meeting in Antananarivo in Madagascar for the 19th summit of the leaders in this regional economic bloc.
And the President has held a bilateral meeting with the Special Assistant to the President of Egypt for mega project Ibrahim Mahab on the issue of investment through public private partnership.
President Lungu, who arrived in Madagascar for the 19th COMESA summit on Tuesday, which was the day of the official opening of the summit for heads of
state and government, went straight from the Airport into the plenary session of the
summit at Ivato International conference centre.
During the plenary session, Libya signed a tripartite free trade agreement while the host Madagascar, signed the social charter through its President Hery Rajaonarimampianina.
In the same session, COMESA Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya presented a statement about the state of the industrialisation of COMESA area.
Mr. Ngwenya called for a paradigm shift for the region to effectively and rapidly implement the COMESA policy and strategy on industrialisation.
“The vision of industrialization in the African continent has been elusive but not impossible as demonstrated by a few member states that have moved away from the traditional model,” he said.
He said it was imperative to introduce robust institutional and governance structures that are owned and led by member states for full industrialization to take root.
Mr. Ngwenya said this would be a paradigm shift in the implemented of regional integration.
He noted that mere adoption of policies and strategies would not make things happen but rather, the need for robust institutional and governance structures that are owned and led by member states.
After the plenary meeting, Mr. Lungu held bilateral talks with the Special Assistant to the President of Egypt for mega project Ibrahim Mahab on how the two countries can encourage investments for the benefit of their people.
President Lungu talked highly of the Egyptian contractors and suggested that the governments of Zambia and Egypt should continue to encourage public private partnership to enhance the economies of the two nations.
The President was accompanied in the meeting by Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba, Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba, the President’s Assistants for Press and Public Relations and for Political Affairs Amos Chanda and Kaizer Zulu respectively.
The Egyptian envoy was in the company of the Ambassador of Egypt and Permanent Representative to COMESA Ragai Tawfik Nasr, who is based in Lusaka in Zambia.
President Lungu, who arrived on Tuesday in Madagascar, was welcomed at the
airport by the President of Madagascar Hery Rajaonarimampianina.
He inspected a guard of honour mounted by the military force of that country.
The 19th COMESA summit, which is dubbed, “inclusive and sustainable
industrialisation” opened on 18th October 2016 and is expected to close today after coming up with resolutions which will be communicated in a joint communiqué.