His Excellency Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia received Letters of Credence from His Excellency Mr. Amandin Rugira, High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda and Her Excellency Dr. Anne Wagner-Mitchell, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany.
During the ceremony at State House in Lusaka on Monday 28th September, 2020, President Lungu stated that the Government will continue to foster and deepen strategic partnerships with Rwanda and Germany for the mutual benefit of the peoples in the respective countries.
The Head of State noted that Zambia and Rwanda share excellent relations as evidenced by the State Visit to Zambia by His Excellency President Paul Kagame in 2017 and his reciprocal visit to Rwanda in 2018, during which fruitful discussions were held and several bilateral agreements signed that require full implementation.
President Lungu urged the Rwandan envoy to work closely with the relevant authorities on both sides to finalise negotiations on the draft agreements on cooperation in double taxation, agriculture, visa exemption, immigration, education, and tourism, among others.
The Head of State said he looked forward to hosting the seventh session of the Zambia-Rwanda Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation to advance the collaboration between the two countries.
At the multilateral level, President Lungu looked forward to working with Rwanda to advance among others, the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union’s Agenda 2063 in order to create the “Africa we want.”
The Head of State conveyed sincere gratitude to the people and Government of the Federal Republic of Germany for the continued generous support accorded to Zambia’s socio-economic development.
He noted the excellent bilateral relations between Zambia and Germany since independence and the support, through the European Union, to help farmers mitigate the negative effects of droughts; the social cash transfer programme; the renewed scaling up of nutritional efforts of the National Food and Nutrition Commission; and importantly, Zambia’s Covid-19 response.
“I further wish to encourage German investment in Zambia and applaud the huge commercial farming project by Amatheon Agri, which I had the privilege of visiting in Mumbwa. The Zambian Government looks forward to working closely with Your Excellency in advancing cooperation between our two countries, and therefore, we look forward to the next Bilateral Consultations between our two countries before the end of the year,” President Lungu said.
And High Commissioner Rugira conveyed warm greetings from President Kagame to President Lungu.
The High Commissioner hailed the excellent bilateral relations between Rwanda and Zambia and hoped the two countries would embark on the process of implementing the signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs).
High Commissioner Rugira pledged to work towards strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries in the interest of the peoples.
And Ambassador Wagner-Mitchell noted Germany’s commitment to assisting Zambia in the fight against Covid-19 with K550 million support contributed so far.
She noted that as Germany hold the EU Council Presidency and as part of Team Europe, the country would strongly advocate to continue supporting Zambia during the period of the crisis and beyond.
Ambassador Wagner-Mitchell stated that Germany looked forward to supporting wildlife conservation projects which help Zambia’s wildlife and natural beauty while ensuring income and employment for many people.
She lauded Zambia for being an anchor of peace and stability in the region and a haven for many refugees and further encouraged the country to play an important role in fostering greater regional integration.
Ambassador Wagner-Mitchell stated that Germany would enhance economic relations through private sector support in the area of renewable energy and also continue supporting the Zambian-German Agricultural Knowledge and Training Centre (AKTC) which promotes a resource-saving agriculture and food industry in Zambia.
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