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President Edgar Lungu says there is need to build on the gains made in the promotion of regional integration in order to accelerate economic growth and sustainable development.

Speaking when he addressed the 19th summit of the COMESA Authority of heads of state and government in Antananarivo, Madagascar today, President Lungu says it is incumbent upon COMESA member countries to look beyond the region and actively participate in the integration processes at the tripartite and continental levels so as to broaden opportunities for the business communities.

He says Zambia as host country of the COMESA Secretariat realizes that COMESA has a huge mandate and major role to play in Africa’s regional integration agenda.

President Lungu says his government remains fully committed to ensuring that COMESA emerges as a strong building block for Africa’s integration process, where all people have an equal share in the prosperity of the region.

He adds that government has since allocated 10 hectares of land to ensure that the operations of the COMESA Secretariat are not constrained by a lack of office space.

And President Lungu says there is need for COMESA member states to continue working towards improving the business environment so that the private sector and other economic players can thrive and become visible on the international scene.

He notes that with enhanced vigour, there is need to promote industrialization and the growth of the small and medium enterprises.

President Lungu notes that investments in energy generation and infrastructure development are critical considerations as the region works towards attaining inclusive and sustainable industrialization
The theme of the summit is “Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialisation”.

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  1. No one told lungu that Zambia produces nothing and has only shopping malls for COMESA to sell their products in….

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  2. “member states to continue working towards improving the business environment so that the private sector and other economic players can thrive”. But at home, private sector is being slaughtered through non payment of debt owed by govt

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  3. Let us make a note of the things we will do differently when in office, insults sulking huffing and puffing will get us no where. Bane its time to strategies why can’t the party sit down and we come up with a winning formula? Even some of our own we have discarded why can’t we talk? Imwe time is going will we rejoice in the suffering of the many simply because the politicians will still be fact come what may! Come my friends 2021 HH will be 59 GBM 61, should they still lead the pack or should we find new ones with their cash we can sponsor a wining team? Just my thoughts

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  4. We are not winning in anything, We are getting screwed by the Chinese and other “investors” that are coming to Zambia to loop our limited resources while our corrupt thug leaders are pocketing millions of money. Lungu needs to shut up and quit spitting empty words to the useless crowd in Madagascar. Zambia ain’t producing anything viable that we can trade and accumulate some trade gains. The Chinese are looting our copper, now they even own our land. We have lost our country, thanks to the corrupt thugs that call themselves leaders. Anyone that help Lungu steal the election should suffer severe concenquencies, but HH is another thief too, we are all screwed.

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  5. BA upnd let me tell u pipo a disappointed with u come 2021 u will see the number of pipo who vote for u will decrease compared to 11 Aug cos we can’t fail to rest fr politics just bcos of u. a u the only one to lose election? pf got power fr mmd not fr u, u want to claim the votes where u were not voted y cnt u take the census to dundumwenzi and entire province and know who voted for u. us we a Christians and we voted for lungu not anti christ, anti prayers, anti devpment. expect the same in 2021 cos we av known even the things we didn’t know about upnd God is gud

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