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President Hichilema returns from AU Summit, secures bilateral trade deals and wins award for Zambia’s malaria fight

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Zambia’s President HAKAINDE HICHILEMA has returned home after participating in the 36th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The summit, with the theme of “Accelerated Implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area,” provided an opportunity for African leaders to network and discuss crucial developmental issues, including regional integration, peace and security, good governance, food security, and nutrition.

In a statement, President Hichilema noted the significance of participating in the summit, saying, “As a country, we are aware of the role that we play in Africa and the world at large, and it is vital that we participate in such platforms to make meaningful contributions that will move Africa forward.” He added that the summit allowed Zambia to not only advance and protect its national interests but also to be part of the decision-making process in key areas.

During the summit, President Hichilema engaged in strategic meetings to advance Zambia’s national interests and be part of the decision-making process in key areas. In a statement, he said, “We participated in strategic meetings that presented an opportunity for Zambia to not only advance and protect her national interests, including at the continental level, but to also be part of the decision-making process in key areas such as regional integration, and topical issues of peace and security, good governance, food security, and nutrition.”

He also held a bilateral meeting with the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo to resolve the challenges at the Kasumbalesa Border Post, agreeing to quickly improve operations to facilitate trade between the two countries. “The meeting was centered around resolving the challenges at the Kasumbalesa Border Post. The two Presidents agreed to quickly improve operations at the border in order to accelerate the conveyance of goods between the two countries without losing much time,” President Hichilema said.

In addition, Zambia won the “2022 best malaria scorecard tool award” at the ALMA 2023 Awards of Excellence, which recognizes the country’s relentless fight against malaria using the ALMA supported scorecard Web Platform Workplan Management Tool. President Hichilema received the award on behalf of the Zambian people. In a statement, he said, “We are delighted to have won the ‘2022 best malaria scorecard tool award’ at the ALMA 2023 Awards of Excellence. This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the Zambian people in the fight against malaria.”

President Hichilema has also prioritized economic diplomacy, seeking private sector investment and shifting the emphasis of Zambian foreign policy into the commercial realm. During his meeting with the President of Tanzania, the two leaders committed to strengthening bilateral relations in the area of trade facilitation and energy investment, with the TAZAMA project as the top priority.

“Our meeting was centered on strengthening bilateral relations in the area of trade facilitation and energy investment between our two countries. Top of the agenda was the TAZAMA project,” President Hichilema said. He added, “Zambia and Tanzania share cordial bilateral relations based on mutual trust, solidarity, and cooperation that have existed since the days of the founding Fathers, Dr. Kenneth David Kaunda and Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere, respectively.”

President Hichilema’s external relations have brought benefits to Zambia, set a regional precedent, and made a positive mark in the region. His participation in the AU summit and his commitment to strengthening ties with neighboring countries bodes well for Zambia’s economic growth and regional integration. In a statement, he said, “We remain committed to our priorities of economic diplomacy and regional integration, and we will continue to work with our neighbors to ensure that our region and our continent as a whole can thrive.”

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  1. “and cooperation that have existed since the days of the founding Fathers, Dr. Kenneth David Kaunda and Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere, respectively.”LT

    “President Hichilema’s external relations have brought benefits to Zambia, set a regional precedent, and made a positive mark in the region.”-LT

    IMF and taxpayers around the world. Are you reading this?

    Please don’t take us back to your UNIP days. Taxation without representation. No mention of how much the American taxpayer contributes to fight malaria in Africa. UPND and GRZ what’s going on?

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  2. This cult is very dangerous, what is really new in this story? All these so called awards are culmination of the hard work that was put in by previous Govts. And now our double HH wants to claim all that. He cannot even patch port holes in our towns.

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  3. With these good rains, had it not been for Mambala failing to deliver fertilizer, asembe tilina bumper harvest.
    Mambala hh

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  4. My thinking is that Zambia, or Africa as a whole, requires a different and honest approach in order to advance the continent and its people, leading to constructive change. Africa lags behind first-world countries in many respects, and we need to critically examine the real problems faced by African people and how we can help them effect meaningful change.

    Firstly, it is the mindsets and perceptions of African people, including our leaders, that need to change. We need a program that focuses on our mental states and what needs to change in order for us to move forward. The question is, who will drive such a program, and what kind of mindset change do we need to inculcate in all African people to compete on a global level?

  5. We must dissect people according to their thinking and align everyone’s thinking to drive the African agenda forward. We need to lift one another up, not tear each other down. The so-called leaders will not be able to achieve whatever they put in place. We are all in this together, and if we want real change for everyone on this beautiful continent, even the little things matter greatly. Those little things can bring about big, meaningful change for all.

    African leaders may come up with wonderful ideas to move Africa forward, using fancy English and so on, but we will still remain at the lowest point on this earth unless we tackle the fundamental issues of mindset and perception.

  6. Ha ha ha ha ha ki iki ki……. KZ thinks heavy rains causing floods all over is UPND’s fault. PF regime made melting roads in summer without drainage causing massive floods in towns.

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  7. You Tarino Orange. We all know your damaging statements under the influence of Kaizar Zulu. We all know your real name. Though you are using an Italian name. Come up with your real name. Otherwise I will expose you in 2 days time.

  8. If you dont turn up at the airport to welcome a president can you be fired as a civil servant? Or If a president arrives to find noone on the tarmac to welcome him is he going to have depression?

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