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Minister Kakubo Briefs the Diplomatic Corps

Hon. Stanley K. Kakubo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Zambia held a briefing for the Diplomatic Corps in Lusaka.

The Minister was accompanied by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Permanent Secretary for International Relations Ambassador Chalwe Lombe and other senior government officials.

In his remarks at Mulungushi International Conference Centre, the Minister noted that the Government of the United Party for National Development is firmly committed to maintain and enhance relations between Zambia and other countries and organisations, both at bilateral and multilateral levels.

The Minister stressed that the Government will pursue a Foreign Policy aimed at advancing the country’s economic transformation agenda that will prioritize the creation of a stable, credible and predictable environment.

The Minister stated that this will be in fulfillment of the Government’s economic diplomacy which will attract and protect foreign direct investment as well as promote local participation in the economy to create jobs and opportunities to improve the wellbeing of the ordinary Zambian.

The Minister noted Zambia’s credential as a model of peace and democracy within the region and the continent at large as illustrated through the peaceful change of leadership following the elections held on 12th August, 2021.

“It is for this reason, that in the conduct of our foreign relations, this Administration will prioritize the maintenance of peace and security through our active engagement in regional, continental and global initiatives,” the Minister stated.

At the global level, the Minister noted that the Government will continue to work with all countries and International institutions to address issues of mutual concern.

On the Covid-19 pandemic, the Minister noted the negative effects of the disease on the various sectors of the economy and expressed gratitude to the different Governments that have rendered support in the fight against the pandemic.

The Minister reiterated the Government’s commitment to promoting open and cordial relations regionally, continentally and beyond.

In a vote of thanks, His Excellency Mr. Warren Gunda, High Commissioner of the Republic of Malawi and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps noted the country’s foreign policy thrust as announced by Mr. Hakainde Hichilema, President of the Republic of Zambia to the effect that Zambia will effectively engage at bilateral, regional and international levels and promote regional and continental economic integration through economic diplomacy.

The High Commissioner reaffirmed the commitment by the Diplomatic Corps to ensure that Zambia’s relations with the various governments and international organisations continue on the strong and sound foundations initially laid by Zambia’s late President and founding father Dr. Kenneth Kaunda.

Public Relations Unit

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

 

 

 

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