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President Lungu honoured for championing Africa’s industralisation

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The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), African Union, Food and Agriculture Organisation, UN Economic Commission for Africa and the African Development Bank have jointly conferred a medal of recognition on President Edgar Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, as a champion of the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA3).

According to a Statement released to the media by Mr Chibaula Silwamba, the Spokesperson Ministry of National Development Planning, Minister of National Development Planning Alexander Chiteme received the medal on behalf of President Lungu at the High-level Event on enhancing global partnerships for IDDA3 under the theme: ‘key for successful implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)’ on Wednesday in New York, USA. The ceremony took place on the sidelines of the on-going High-Level Segment of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly.

Mr. Chiteme thanked the final international organisations for recognising President Lungu’s unwavering commitment to the industralisation and development of Africa, without leaving anyone behind.

Participating on the ‘Interactive Dialogue with Ministers’ panel discussion co-organised by UNIDO, African Union, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UN ECA), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and African Development Bank, Mr. Chiteme called for level playing field if the African Continental Free Trade Area were to achieve its set targets.

“We need to go back and learn from past efforts of implementing free trade. We have to learn from the existing Regional Economic blocs. For example, COMESA has been promoting trade. We need to carry out studies on the existing efforts and incorporate the benefits and advantages in the continental free trade area,” Mr. Chiteme said. “There is need to ensure a level playing field in the free trade area; our trade-related infrastructure, productivity capacity and other socio-economic parameters should be in place to make sure that we implement the AfCFTA as equals.”

UNIDO states that the vision for the implementation of IDDA3 is to firmly anchor Africa on a path towards inclusive and sustainable industrial development. The necessary enabling framework conditions for this industrial transformation include the strengthening of key elements of industrial productive capacity, such as infrastructure, innovation and technology transfer, industrial financing, industrial knowledge and skills, and the support from public and private sector institutions that regulate and advocate industrial development.

The four guiding principles deemed critical to ensuring the successful implementation of IDDA3 include: (a) Government ownership and leadership of the initiative; (b) A strengthened enabling business environment; (c) Sectors with high potential for growth, and which can therefore meaningfully contribute to the reduction of poverty, must be prioritized. (d) Strong partnerships for financial and non-financial resource mobilization at the multilateral, regional and bilateral levels need to be built.

Minister of National Development Planning Alexander Chiteme receiving the medal from AU Commissioner for Trade and Industry Albert Muchanga on behalf of President Edgar Lungu on 26 September 2018. The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), African Union, Food and Agriculture Organisation, UN Economic Commission for Africa and the African Development Bank have jointly conferred a medal of recognition on President Lungu as a champion of the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA3). PHOTO | CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA | MNDP
Minister of National Development Planning Alexander Chiteme receiving the medal from AU Commissioner for Trade and Industry Albert Muchanga on behalf of President Edgar Lungu on 26 September 2018. The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), African Union, Food and Agriculture Organisation, UN Economic Commission for Africa and the African Development Bank have jointly conferred a medal of recognition on President Lungu as a champion of the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA3). PHOTO | CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA | MNDP
Minister of National Development Planning Alexander Chiteme on Interactive Dialogue with Ministers in New York 26 September 2018. PHOTO | CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA | MNDP
Minister of National Development Planning Alexander Chiteme on Interactive Dialogue with Ministers in New York 26 September 2018. PHOTO | CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA | MNDP

69 COMMENTS

    • If they like him that much, let them take him to become their president.

      We do not want him as our president. We all know why.

      African leaders with fake awards.

    • ANimo Farm kills its own if HH were in the womb of a caring woman she shouldn’t have let him go and destrol the nation! Sorry I was just Hallucinationg like Larry Mweetwa! That is why even my writing is as incoherant as Gay Jay.

    • It is better to elect someone from KITWE because he has NO Hatribes in his blood. NEVER make a mistake of voting for someone who is TAINTED with TRIBALISM. Just imagine putting someone who thinks like UPND bloggers in ANY office in Zambia! What you see from their posting is what they will be doing! It will NEVER EVER be elected! Thank you little boys for showing Zambians your EVIL HEARTS.

    • These pipo need to have their brains checked!!
      Lungu & industrialization is like water & paraffin, they can’t mix. $15 billion was borrowed but not even 1 factory built.

      Lungu deserves awards for corruption from AVIC, election rigging, fake humbleness, fake christianity, drunkardness, casino gambling, debt contraption, poor fiscal discipline & selling our country to tu ma Chinese & Lebanese.

    • @Nostradamus
      Lolol!!kkkkkk did you attend the presentation? After that money disappearing and those Chinese loans, Kaiser corruption kkkkk

    • Is this guy they honored Zambia’s Lungu, or Lungu from another planet? Because there’s no industrialization going on in Zambia under clueless Lungu. Zambia is currently a dumping ground for cheap Chinese goods. Are the Westerners so desperate that they’ve to make up stuff to try and woo African leaders back to them? What a shame.

    • If we live by faith industries will come, but if we live by unbelief industries won`t come. By the grace of God, i am one of those who don`t regret being in Zambia and for being Zambian too. My appeal to miserable bloggers and also miserable PF, UPND,MMD, FDD, UPPZ,NAREP, NDC,DA ,etc, supporters is to come to Jesus Christ for a good life. Christ died for our sins, sicknesses, poverty and many more so that we can be holy, health and honorable through His sacrifice not through our sacrifice. Matthew 11:28-30.
      God loves us so much.

    • Whaaat???!!! Tell me the industries that have been created by local Zambians. We cannot be happy that Mrs. Mwanakatwe set up a small factory and didn’t pay back the money to the CEEC and that the rest are owned by South Africans and Chinese. Get serious!!!

  1. Well done my president… there are times we do not know where we think we are going… but the driver knows which way and there is only one driver.

    Please also sensible criticism and lets root out corruption.

    You still are making us proud despite the bad eggs in the midst of your administration.

    • Iwe Chonya what industrialization are you referring to that we should praise Edgar for ? Sincerely came into power our GDP has been barely hitting 4% current projection is 3.3%… meanwhile Ethiopia that deserved this, in my opinion is hovering around 10% and it has been for the last 3years or so …. The energy industry is growing fast and other key sectors … Let us us facts for reference PLEASE … Edgar promised Mulungushi Textile what is happening there ? Even lied that it had resumed operation …NCZ? Mansa Batteries the PF kept lying about ? Examples are many …the only award he shud have been given is for these over inflated and over borrowed roads. Ifyabusushi fyena twakana ba Chonya let us not talk like we are not living the Zambian experience

    • Shameless @2.1

      We all know there are problems in the country and corruption is pathetically high… It needs resolving including the public order act and transparency in the fiscus.

      Am not going to condemn the president’s efforts even though we all know he could do better. We shall not insult the man cause that does not resolve anything…

      We still need to confront ECL of corruption and still be vigilant as we should regarding the affairs of our nation.

      You are barking up the wrong tree… You have one president, whether you go to the moon and back, it is still the same man.

    • @Dr.Chinyo, it’s wrong to think just because we have 1 president then us we can’t do anything. You are kind of people who allow your father to drink everyday on nkongole.
      Go to moon and back, you have only 1 father.

    • It shall die today with its hallucinating tribal HH-organization! God vindicates and he will keep on vindicating this visionary and hard-working President. Everyone visiting Zambia has said the same, both foreign and Zambia except the tribal Namwala grouping. By the time President Lungu ends his terms Zambia will be numbered among the most industrialized countries in Africa. It will NEVER be president.

  2. Amen, there are going to be some angry Jealous voices here. Congratulations, but now clean up government and pay back all our loans. Plus former ministers need to pay back too.

  3. The award could be genuine but can’t be sustainable development since it’s borrowed resources. It may be retrogressive for the many years to come. Shooting ourselves in the foot

    • All countries do borrow even at personal level we do borrow, America has borrowed from China over US$1.8trillion…and still remains the biggest economy in the world

  4. Zambians! Zambians! Zambians! Let us open our heads and be visionary for our country. Its not ECL to bring industrialisation to Zambia, its us the people who should be active and participate. Lets be mindful that we are no more in a socialist state, we are in a capitalism state. Because we are failing to think Chinese are coming with their technology to teach us so that we start thinking….again we are accusing them of having bought our country. The problem is that everyone in Zambia has become a politician…..Lungu this Lungu that…what are you doing yourself?…ask yourself this question if at all you have gone through through article..

    • Tell these lazy Zambians .Their laziness is pathetic and irritating . All they know is complaining and insulting presidents. Most of them just waste their fathers bundles and.company time and bundles to insult others on.social media. Go look.for what to do instead just drinking alcohol. …Zambians are sick with hyper-laziness. How can we have youths wjonare.lazy than a chicken …most of the youths I see especially in Lusaka , one would wish to have a dog at home .

      Look at schools …most of them they fail only to waste more money by going to sit for GEC.

    • You mean you do not recognize that he impedes our progress? You think it’s laziness amongst our own when a mere spokesperson for the president pockets more money than is availed to UNZA students that are seriously pursuing quality education? When developed nations attack corruption they do not say “much as you stole from the public we are proud of you”. They fight it at the source. Ifwe we can’t even be seen to be disagreeing with the corrupt? Tule bako serious.

  5. Congrats my president, I know this is bitter pill to swallow for haters found in the party led by a tribalist wa muyayaya, and a white color thief HH. We appreciate this recognition by the international community, this simply shows that there are so many people, myself included, who appreciate your unwavering efforts towards development. We will continue to give you the much needed support to take this country to another level and at the same time we will help you do better in areas you seem to be failing. We understand that every well meaning Zambian must get involved in the development formula to better the living standards of our people. Together we shall develop this country to shame UPNDISTS and their tribal dictator/ thief HH.

  6. Congratulations EC Lungu ,you’ve industrialized cholera ,corruption ,indebtedness + economic downgrades plus extending begging bowls.

    • Then why didn’t you appreciate Rupiah Banda when he was in office and the economy was doing way better than today? Hypocrisy much?

  7. Industrialization, my foot. Which industries are they conferring him for? Surely they must be some examples to point to? The 1500 jobs has not materialized, what exactly has he done. In Kabwe the youths are still waiting for the revival of that plant that was promised years ago. These people must be jokers to say the least. May they were swayed by his humble looks after taking Jameson.

  8. Dear Lord these Lazy black Zambians .Their laziness is pathetic and irritating . All they know is complaining and insulting presidents. Most of them just waste their fathers bundles and.company time and bundles to insult others on.social media. Go look.for what to do instead just drinking alcohol. …Zambians are sick with hyper-laziness. How can we have youths wjonare.lazy than a chicken …most of the youths I see especially in Lusaka , one would wish to have a dog at home .

    WHO TOLD U INDUSTERIALISATION IS EQUAL TO BUILDING toilets… Wake and fight and not just sit …it’s you to make INDUSTERIALISATION work by participating . Open a katemba or a barbashop…go open up a welding shop that’s what we talking about. Chinese peole are thinking and coming to take over busness all…

  9. All you know is carrying your dicks arround and dating brainless girls. You drink alchohol every weekend and no plan.

    Zambians do want to study and now look at how fashionable GC has become….what kind of which witchcraft you Zambian youths under?

    Networking business you still fail. Can’t you learn something from Nigeria , or Ghana?

  10. @ Sharon
    You really think like a child so u are happy the state our country is in? Bring issues here not just useless insults.
    Think girl before u post anything.

  11. Of What good is this? Enabling Chinese that kill our own noble people both here at home and far in their country? If you are celebrating think again.

  12. This is a stuup!d honor. You cannot give someone Industrialization honor when the country unemployment rate is 80% and there are no manufacturing companies in the country. Zambia is not as industrialized than any country around. Basically, it is now as bad as Malawi now. Without mines, we are trash.

  13. Lungu is very happy and will drink his head off in celebration. He has made it! whoever awarded this man knows nothing about Africa and Zambia in particular.

  14. Give ECL the award when Zambia becomes as industrialized as Kenya or Ethiopia. At least those two economies are well diversified especially Kenya.

    • Don’t forget Rwanda, as anyone can see the tangible development happening there.
      Despite being a Dictator, Kagame is a benevolent Dictator & everyone can see him developing Rwanda unlike President Jonathan Chakolwa, who has stunted , Zambia’s growth, & now taking it in Reverse, as their Campaign slogan promised.

  15. Is this some kind of sick joke. What industrialization is taking place in Zambia.

    What is the share of manufacturing in GDP? Did the Chinese sponsor this award?

  16. Are you sure these organisations have not mistaken President Lungu for President Kagame of Rwanda? That is where industrialisation is taking place, not Zambia. I would perhaps, just perhaps, understand if they awarded President Lungu championship of road construction and donations whose source of money is unknown and at best questionable.

  17. How I wish someone can come up with an award for corrupt African leaders. Suit a lot of them and its missing award – why????? I am sure some of these leaders deserve such awards. So long there is money attached to corruption awards someone can easily accept it. Thats how corrupt we are in Zambia. Fantastically corrupt presidents.
    Mistaken identity. It could be someone else’s award just is it could be some else’s certificates. Some people can be lucky!!!!
    Disaster!!!!!

  18. Buildings but no jobs for the people, buildings but exports still down, buildings but no factories ….Must be a fake industrialisation award or if these Africans call all nkongole buildings yet no jobs and no factories industralisation, then that is why Africa is generally a mess…

  19. Industrisation goes with increased GDP , sadly for lungu our GDP shows no industrialisation …….this award is like CKs honery degree, anyone can buy it….

  20. What change does the so called award bring to Zambia? We are still a highly indebted, impoverished nation. The PF government has taken this country backwards in big strides, reversing all the gains the Mwanawasa administration achieved for Zambia.

  21. UNIDO is not serious! How do they go and honour a thief and corrupt leader whose people play second fiddle in the little industrialisation that has favour foreigners?? What a pack of jokers!

  22. For some of us who has not been to Zambia for a long time this is confusing please try tell us the truth about the state of Zambia.

  23. Congratulations your Excellency. Sometimes the outside make mistakes especially about Africa and its leaders and hope they did not make one here.

  24. LOOK AT THE ORGANISATIONS OFFERING THE AWARD, ITS ALL AFRICANS AND EVEN KA ATTENDANCE WAS FULL OF TUKUNKUBITI INSIDE ONLY WITH ONE DRUM CHITEMENE

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