President Edgar Lungu is tomorrow expected in Kampala, Uganda for the 9th High Level Meeting of the Regional Oversight Mechanism of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Region slated for October 8, 2018.
President Lungu will be among other Heads of State and government officials from the 13 signatory countries of the Framework agreement, its Guarantors’ institutions, namely the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU), the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Zambia’s High Commissioner to Tanzania, Benson Chali, who is also accredited to Uganda confirmed the development to ZANIS in Kampala.
Mr. Chali emphasised that it is important for President Lungu to attend the meeting because Zambia, which is a beacon of peace, is shining as an example to other African countries and yet holds an influx of refugees running away from war and political instability in neighbouring countries.
The Heads of State and Government meeting will be preceded by the ministerial meeting, which has since commenced at Munyonyo Speke Resort, of ministers of Defence and Home Affairs from statutory countries of the peace agreement.
Zambia’s Minister of Defence, Davies Chama, Ministry of Defence Permanent Secretary, Chalwe Lombe and his counterpart from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Chileshe Mulenga, are representing Zambia in the high level ministerial meeting.
According to the program obtained by ZANIS, the Heads of State and Government meeting will be officially opened by the host President, Yoweri Museveni.
The meeting will later review dialogue and political processes in the region, with special focus on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Burundi, South Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR).
President Lungu will also be among the heads’ delegates to receive a presentation by a representative of the Women’s Platform of the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework on the status of women in peace and political processes before the Heads of State and government go for a closed-door meeting.
President Lungu will return to Lusaka soon after the end of the meeting.
Meanwhile, President Edgar Lungu is in December, this year expected in Japan for a three-day state visit.
The state visit to be undertaken is at the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Joseph Malanji disclosed this today on the sidelines of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) ministerial meeting.
Mr. Malanji disclosed in Japan after a bilateral meeting with his Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono.
And Mr. Malanji said government will continue engaging the Japanese government in luring investors in order to accelerate Zambia’s development agenda.
The Minister said Zambia is utilising multilateral platforms such as TICAD to realize her foreign direct investment and other benefits to achieve national development.
Mr. Malanji said government considers Japan as a critical partner to the country’s national development assistance especially in the mining sector for high technical expertise as well as other sectors.
The Minister is leading a delegation in Japan to attend TICAD ministerial meeting which precedes the TICAD seven summit slated for 2019 in Yokohama.
TICAD Summit is a conference held every three years with the objective of promoting high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners.
This is contained in a press statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today by
First Secretary for Press at the Republic of Zambian Embassy in Japan, Yotamu Mugara.