PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu is in December, 2018 expected to undertake a three days State Visit to Japan.
Zambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Joseph Malanji announced that President Lungu’s visit follows an invitation from Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.
Mr. Malanji disclosed this in Tokyo, Japan today after a bilateral meeting with his counterpart, Taro Kono on the on the sidelines of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Ministerial meeting.
And Mr. Malanji said government will continue engaging Japanese government and investors in order to acceralate the country’s development agenda.
He said government is equally using multilateral processes such as TICAD to realize foreign direct investment and other benefits for national development.
Mr. Malanji said Japan through the TICAD process has continued to offer African countries including Zambia developmental assistance and technical expertise in various sectors.
He said that is why Zambia considers Japan among the critical partners to the country’s national development.
The Minister said Zambia looks upto Japan for high technical expertise to develop especially the mining sector in order to maximize the benefits.
Mr. Malanji said government has also thus far ensured that it puts in place legal frameworks, necessary infrastructure and creates a conducive environment to lure more investment in the country.
The Minister is leading a delegation in Tokyo to attend TICAD Ministerial meeting which precedes the TICAD seven summit slated for 2019 in Yokohama, Japan.
TICAD Summit is a conference held every three years with the objective “to promote high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners.”
This is according to a press statement issued by Yotamu Mugara, First Secretary- Press at
Embassy of the Republic of Zambia in Tokyo, Japan.
All engagements in American will discuss matters of interest to the people of Zambia, says President Hakainde Hichilema
PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema says while in the United States of America he will ensure that all engagements and meetings will discuss matters of interest to the people of Zambia.
In a Facebook post, President Hichilema said his focus areas during the engagements will be on economic development, jobs, business opportunities, education and quality health care services for the people of Zambia.
“Just like we promised before taking office, we will ensure prudent management of public resources and have therefore travelled with a lean team that is composed of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Finance, Honourables Stanley Kakubo and Dr Situmbeko Musokotwane respectively,” he wrote.
The President said while the United Nations General Assembly, he will also share the development plan for Zambia with the wider global community.
“As we address this meeting we will present a case for that child in Chipulukusu, Chief Kambombo, Chama, Mugubudu or indeed Sikongo.
Our focus is turning around our Country’s economy and yes, we are working round the clock to ensure that this comes to fruition,” he said.
President Hichilema is in the US to attend the UN General Assembly being held in New York.
(Picture by Chellah Tukuta/State House)
FPI says pronouncements by Chushi Kasanda contradicts those of President Hakainde Hichilema
THE Free Press Initiative (FPI) says it dismayed by pronouncements made by Information and Media minister Chushi Kasanda that Zambians must exercise freedom of expression with restraint.
FPI Zambia founder Joan Chirwa has since called on government to clearly state its position on freedom of expression considering the latest statement by the Chief Government Spokesperson.
In a media statement issued today, Ms Chirwa said the statement by Ms Kasanda is shocking as it contradicted President Hakainde Hichilema’s stance that Zambians are free to express themselves in whichever way.
“Freedom of expression is a constitutionally guaranteed right that all Zambians enjoy subject only to the limitations stated in the Constitution and a minister has no right to gag the citizenry,” she said.
Ms Chirwa further called on the minister to quickly correct the impression created which, as FPI, find very disturbing, especially that the freedom of expression right has in the recent years been eroded through arrests, closures of radio stations and newspapers which seemed to have dissenting voices to those of the former government.
“Therefore, hearing a minister attaching conditions to how far someone should go as they express themselves is something that we want the government to categorically state if that is their current position,” she said.
Antonio Mwanza steps down as PF Youth National Chairman and Media Director.
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) national youth chairman and party media director Antonio Mwanza has stepped down from his positions.
In a media statement, Mr Mwanza said he will remain an ordinary member of the party’s central committee.
“Further, I wish to indicate that I will also be stepping down as the party’s media director.
I pledge my loyalty and commitment to the Party and I pledge to continue working hard for the furtherance of the PF’s agenda,” he said.
Mr Mwanza thanked President Edgar Lungu for the trust and confidence he exhibited in him for the appointments.