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UK’s Minister for Africa to visit Zambia 8 – 9 October 2020

Economy UK’s Minister for Africa to visit Zambia 8 – 9 October 2020

The UK’s Minister for Africa, James Duddridge MP, will make a two-day visit to Zambia 8-9 October 2020. The Minister’s visit will strengthen the broad bilateral relationship that exists between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Zambia.

Mr Duddridge said:

“I am very much looking forward to my first visit to Zambia as an FCDO Minister, a country I know well from my previous visits. This visit provides an opportunity to strengthen trade links between the UK and Zambia and highlight where we can work together now and in the future.

“Zambia has an important role to play in SADC and the southern Africa region and I will be discussing a range of important regional and international trade and security issues with members of the Government and other key stakeholders.”

The visit will help bolster trade and investments links between the two countries, and highlight future investment opportunities for British businesses and the fight against COVID-19.

And British High Commissioner to Zambia Nicholas Woolley said:

“I am delighted to welcome the UK Minister for Africa to Zambia on his first official visit as a Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Minister. The fact that, together with Malawi, this will be Minister’s first official trip abroad since the creation of the FCDO highlights the importance of the UK-Zambia shared partnership and cooperation in many areas.

“The UK will continue to support economic growth and regional trade integration as a mechanism to help alleviate poverty and improving the living standards of the most disadvantaged communities, a core part of UK’s work in Zambia.”

Mr Duddridge will meet the Republican President HE Edgar Chagwa Lungu and the Minister of Finance. The meetings will focus on how to strengthen trade and investment links between the two countries, regional and international security issues as well as identifying areas for further cooperation.

During the visit, Mr Duddridge will also meet members of the local civil society, opposition leaders, business community and church leaders.


    • True. We should bar visitors from Covid infected countries. They always bar us from entering Europe for various stup1d reasons

  1. I live in the UK and have never heard of this man. Ever. Maybe he is an intern at the ministry of Africa.

    They send nobodies to Zambia these days.

    I remember a time when KK used to host high powered leaders like the Queen, the pope, Mandela…list is long.

    These days, we only ever host leaders from corrupt or dictatorships.


  2. When are we going to have a Minister for Europe and the UK (that is four countries by the way)?? Masiku wonse nikupempa na vodoba cabe! That is why we continue seeing grown men grinning in the presence of schoolboys from abroad. Atase!

  3. The first comment has cracked me up. Hahaha. We are a welcoming country. @polytricks what bootlicking when we are doing much better than them at the moment? In fact he may be coming to get some tips and advice on how to effectively fight Corona because we have done far much better than them there. Or maybe he is coming to issue a complaint about how burdensome the evil diasporans are there. After Brexit they don’t want foreigners there.

  4. The opposition should plan their rallies when such people visit……8th and 9th is a good day to have opposition rallies and opposition figures to go around meeting the public……

    Hehehehe……lungu would not dare harrass them during that time.

  5. James Phillip Duddridge is an MP serving as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Africa. His importance comes as a Foreign Commonwealth and Development Officer- FCOD. We lobbied when Home Secretary Pritt Patel, then minister for Africa visited Zambia but political repression of opposition parties and arbitrary arrests without charges has continued in Zambia. We will/are urging Mr Duddridge to pay attention when meeting with opposition political parties. Zambia currently is repressive, undemocratic and is potentially under dictatorship rile.

  6. Those claiming Zambia to a repressive state, should advise their opposition leaders to be mature and act as grown ups not the current underfive crop of opposition leadership. The current arrogance in the opposition is alarming and one can only hope they do not come anywhere near the corridors of power.

  7. I hope he comes with an open mind and represents Britain well. I see possibilities and opportunities for us to work together for mutual advantage and I have a lot of respect for the good people of Zambia! Please don’t think that we are all xenophobic *****s!

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