President Edgar Lungu has arrived in Addis Ababa Ethiopia to attend the 28th ordinary session of the African Union (AU) summit for Heads of State and government which started on January 22, and ends on 31 January, 2017.
The Presidential challenger jet touched down at about 16:20 local time yesterday in Ethiopia at Bole International Airport.
ZANIS reports that the President was received by Zambian Ambassador to Ethiopia Susan Sikaneta, Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba, Minister of Justice Given Lubinda and Minister of Gender Victoria Kalima and other senior government officials and members of staff at the Zambian Embassy in Ethiopia.
Others were Minister of Livestock and Fisheries of Ethiopia Professor Fekadu Beyene and State Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Akiliu Hailemichael
The President is accompanied by Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda and Special Assistant for Political Affairs Kaizar Zulu.
A tight schedule awaits the President who is expected to chair a working breakfast meeting on the implementation of ending child marriages.
The meeting will be attended by all member states of the AU and it is from this meeting that the President will be groomed as the African champion in the fight against child marriages.
President Lungu is also expected to witness the official launch of the African Center for Disease Control.
The AU has agreed to set up five regional centers in Africa and Zambia has been chosen to host the regional center for Southern Africa which will be based in Ndola.
The Head of State is also expected to hold bilateral talks with his counterparts from Egypt Abdul Fattah el-Sisi, Malawi’s Professor Peter Mutharika, and the Prime Minister of Ethiopia Hailemariam Desalegn.
He is also expected to meet with the newly appointed United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres among others.
President Lungu is also expected to attend the African Peer Review Mechanism of heads of state and government and will also be among other heads of state who will be discussing the state of peace and security on the continent.
Zambia is set to benefit from the AU summit taking place in Addis Ababa through different bilateral talks and platforms.
The theme for this year’s AU summit is being held under the theme: Harnessing the demographic dividend through investment in youth.