Monday, June 24, 2024

President Hichilema Affirms Commitment to UN Partnership for Economic Development

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President Hakainde Hichilema has emphasized the crucial role of collaboration with the United Nations system in driving economic development in Zambia. With 2024 marked as a year of economic expansion, President Hichilema has underscored the significance of partnerships that foster growth and prosperity for the Zambian people.

During a meeting with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Director for Africa and Assistant Secretary General Ahunna Eziakonwa at State House, President Hichilema expressed gratitude for the longstanding cooperation between Zambia and the UN system. He reiterated the government’s commitment to working closely with the UN family to create opportunities aimed at enhancing the well-being of Zambians.

“These institutions are our partners in development. I would therefore like to emphasize our appreciation for recognizing Zambia as a peaceful country, and this recognition should translate into tangible development outcomes for the Zambian people,” President Hichilema remarked.

Acknowledging the adverse effects of climate change on Zambia’s economic ambitions, President Hichilema affirmed that discussions with the UNDP would be held to address climate change challenges. He emphasized the importance of ensuring food security not only for Zambians but also for neighboring countries that rely on Zambia’s agricultural exports.

Meanwhile, UNDP Regional Director for Africa and Assistant Secretary General Ahunna Eziakonwa commended Zambia for its commitment to maintaining peace, security, and stability. She highlighted Zambia as a beacon of peace in the region, devoid of violent or terrorism risks, which makes it an attractive destination for investment.

“If we do not succeed in Zambia, then I believe we will struggle elsewhere in terms of development or poverty alleviation,” Ms. Eziakonwa stated, emphasizing the significance of leveraging Zambia’s peaceful environment to tackle poverty and promote sustainable development.

Ms. Eziakonwa called for concerted efforts to overcome poverty, leveraging the peace, security, and stability enjoyed by Zambia. She emphasized the need for collaborative action to address poverty and foster inclusive growth across the country.

9 COMMENTS

  1. This is very true!!
    “Zambia as a beacon of peace in the region, devoid of violent or terrorism risks, which makes it an attractive destination for investment”
    But we have a sleepy political leadership that doesnt know how to sell its country. We are the only country to have changed ruling parties peacefully three times in Africa and your Ministers, ambassadors and foreign attache staff cant sell this to foreign investors???

    • One can only conclude we lack quality leadership for our failure to compete with South Africa for vehicle assembly plants. What for do we have over-paid ambassadors and foreign attaches when we don’t know how to spot and attract investment?
      We could have lured many an investor and strategically placed these in Mpulungu and Kasama to cater for that market from Gabon Cameroon through South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda.
      Why do European tourists think that to see the Victoria Falls in Livingstone you have to go to South Africa? Because South Africa is more creative in the fairy tales of this industry while we have no initiative. When you look at the Luangwa Game Park it can compete very well with Masai Mara or Serengeti but it receives about 1/20th of the latter’s tourists.

  2. I didn’t know Hakainde Hichilema is so dull….how did he even acquire his wealth….Does UN develop countries apart from being War orchestrators of the world….UN…NATO all useless

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    • Economy is bu$hit, let’s just enjoy girls football. HH please put all CDF in girls football clubs, not the useless cooperatives.
      Don’t be shy to change, CDF didn’t work for 3 years now. So bwana listen to what we are saying.

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  3. This is very true!!
    “Zambia as a beacon of peace in the region, devoid of violent or terrorism risks, which makes it an attractive destination for investment”
    But we have a sleepy political leadership that doesnt know how to sell its country. We are the only country to have changed ruling parties peacefully three times in Africa and your Ministers, ambassadors and foreign attache staff cant sell this to foreign investors???

  4. This is very true: “Zambia as a beacon of peace in the region, devoid of violent or terrorism risks, which makes it an attractive destination for investment”
    But we have a sleepy political leadership that doesnt know how to sell its country. We are the only country to have changed ruling parties peacefully three times in Africa and your Ministers, ambassadors and foreign attache staff cant sell this to foreign investors???

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