His Excellency Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia met Mr. James Duddridge M.P, United Kingdom’s Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Africa on 8th October, 2020 at State House in Lusaka.
His Excellency the President was accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Joseph Malanji M.P, Secretary to the Cabinet Dr. Simon Miti and other senior Government officials. Mr. Duddridge was accompanied by British High Commissioner accredited to Zambia His Excellency Mr. Nicholas Woolley and other senior officials.
During the meeting, President Lungu acknowledged the strong historical bilateral relations between the Republic of Zambia and the United Kingdom. The President expressed gratitude to the United Kingdom for the assistance provided to Zambia in areas such as education, health, conservation and social protection.
The President bemoaned the global impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on countries’ economies and people’s lives and further noted that the disease could be conquered with concerted efforts.
President Lungu further stated that Zambia will hold its general elections in August 2021 and the Government would support a free, fair, transparent and credible process.
The President noted Zambia’s special relationship with the United Kingdom under the Commonwealth which espouses the values of democracy, human rights, sustainable development, peace and security and good governance, among others.
President Lungu reaffirmed Zambia’s commitment to further strengthening its relations with the United Kingdom at bilateral and multilateral levels for the mutual benefit of the people in the two countries.
And Mr. Duddridge announced additional funding to support Zambia’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, nutrition programmes, Small and Medium Enterprise development and economic growth.
The Minister reaffirmed the United Kingdom’s commitment to helping Zambia in its aspiration to become a prosperous Middle Income Country by 2030.
Mr. Duddridge stated that he was in Zambia to extend a hand of friendship from the United Kingdom and further solidify the two countries’ ties built in a number of areas.
The United Kingdom has committed additional £180,000 and expert technical assistance to design and deliver a new emergency power solution at Levy Mwanawasa Teaching Hospital to assist the country’s fight against Covid-19.
The United Kingdom is providing expert training to over 200 health workers and strengthening health surveillance practice at 16 points of entry; providing essential medical supplies; and preparing communication materials to support initiatives to raise awareness among health professionals and the general public, as part of the ongoing health system strengthening partnership between the two countries.
The United Kingdom has so far provided £720,000 support through the World Health Organisation (WHO) to the Ministry of Health and other organisations in Zambia since the outbreak of Covid-19.
Mr. Duddridge, who was on a two-day visit, left Zambia on 9th October, 2020.
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