Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba has reaffirmed the Zambian Government’s commitment in promoting and upholding of the fundamental principles upon which dialogue with the European Union (EU) exists, reports Pan African Radio Journalist Hermit Hachilonde Reports.
Speaking during the Zambia-European Union (EU) Political Dialogue meeting held at Chilanga’s Twangale Park today, Mr. Kalaba said the existing dialogues are the eradication of extreme poverty in Zambia, the preservation of the environment, access to quality education and the promotion of human rights and good governance among others.
The foreign affairs minister who thanked the European Union for the continued support rendered to Zambia in the economic and social sectors that are critical to the development in Zambia said over US$2 trillion dollars is wasted globally due to corruption and neo-patrimonial practices.
Mr. Kalaba has however stated that Zambia is committed to the fight against corruption and this has been illustrated by the stern manner that the PF Government has handed recent cases of corruption regardless of the individual’s standing.
“i want to reaffirm the Zambian Government’s commitment to promoting and upholding of the fundamental principles upon which dialogue exist” Mr. kalaba said
Meanwhile speaking at the same event, European Union Ambassador Alessandro Mariani the 2017 will be a year where Africa will be a focus on the global stage, affirming that today’s meeting should be set in the context of an important year in the African-European Union partnership.
He said the friendship between Zambia and the European Union is remarkable and over many years of close collaboration the EU have established a solid, dynamic and widening partnership.
“2017 will be a year where Africa will be a focus on the global stage” Ambassador Alessandro Mariani said