PRESIDENT LUNGU RECEIVES LETTERS OF CREDENCE FROM AMBASSADORS AND HIGH COMMISSIONERS-DESIGNATE AT STATE HOUSE

YOUR EXCELLENCIES, ACCREDITED TO THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA,

I AM DELIGHTED TO WELCOME YOU ALL TO THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA AND, STATE HOUSE IN PARTICULAR. I WISH TO CONGRATULATE YOUR EXCELLENCIES ON YOUR APPOINTMENT BY YOUR RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES AS AMBASSADORS AND HIGH COMMISSIONERS ACCREDITED TO THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA.

I AM PLEASED TO NOTE THAT ZAMBIA AND YOUR COUNTRIES HAVE ENJOYED WARM RELATIONS, WHICH HAVE BEEN CHARACTERISED BY STRONG BONDS OF FRIENDSHIP, PARTNERSHIP AND COOPERATION.

IT IS INDEED IMPORTANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THESE INTERACTIONS HAVE OVER THE YEARS TRANSLATED INTO MEANINGFUL AND MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL COOPERATION.

I AM, THEREFORE, DELIGHTED TO RECEIVE YOUR LETTERS OF CREDENCE, ACCREDITING YOU AS AMBASSADORS AND HIGH COMMISSIONERS TO THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA, FROM YOUR RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES.

YOUR EXCELLENCIES,

I WISH TO EXPRESS ZAMBIA’S APPRECIATION TO YOUR RESPECTIVE GOVERNMENTS FOR THE GOOD COOPERATION, FINANCIAL AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE THAT HAS BEEN RENDERED IN VARIOUS SECTORS, AND WHICH HAS BENEFITED THE ZAMBIAN PEOPLE.

AS YOU MAY BE AWARE, ZAMBIA IS DEVELOPING ITS SEVENTH NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN WHOSE MAIN FOCUS WILL BE TO ACHIEVE A RESILIENT AND DIVERSIFIED ECONOMY.

ON THIS BASIS, MY GOVERNMENT LOOKS FORWARD TO INCREASED COLLABORATION WITH YOUR GOVERNMENTS IN ORDER TO STRENGTHEN COOPERATION AND FORGE STRONGER STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS.
LET ME NOW HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE AREAS OF COOPERATION THAT HAVE FORMED THE BASIS OF ZAMBIA’S RELATIONS WITH EACH OF YOUR INDIVIDUAL COUNTRIES:

1. FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY

YOUR EXCELLENCY, MR. ACHIM BURKART,

ZAMBIA IS COGNISANT OF THE FACT THAT GERMANY IS ONE OF THE WORLD’S STRONGEST ECONOMIES, WITH A LARGE INDUSTRIAL BASE. OF PARTICULAR INTEREST IS GERMANY’S LEADERSHIP ROLE AND ADVANCEMENT IN THE AREA OF RENEWABLE ENERGY ESPECIALLY IN SOLAR TECHNOLOGY.
AS ZAMBIA IS IN THE PROCESS OF DIVERSIFYING ITS ENERGY SECTOR AND EXPANDING ITS INDUSTRIAL BASE, WE ARE KEEN TO CLOSELY COLLABORATE AND LEARN FROM YOUR EXPERTISE IN THESE FIELDS.

YOUR EXCELLENCY,
YOU MAY WISH TO KNOW THAT, ZAMBIA HAS CLOSELY FOLLOWED THE AUSTERITY MEASURES YOUR GOVERNMENT EMPLOYED IN MANAGING THE ECONOMIC CRISIS EXPERIENCED IN THE EUROPEAN UNION, EVEN IN THE MIDST OF MOUNTING EXTERNAL PRESSURE OF MIGRATION TO THE CONTINENT.
IT IS THEREFORE MY DESIRE TO ONCE AGAIN LEARN FROM YOUR BEST PRACTICES SO AS TO STEER OUR COUNTRY TO GREATER ECONOMIC STABILITY.

2. JAPAN

YOUR EXCELLENCY, MR HIDENOBU SOBASHIMA,

MY GOVERNMENT IS APPRECIATIVE OF THE EXCELLENT RELATIONS THAT EXIST BETWEEN ZAMBIA AND JAPAN. IN THIS REGARD, ZAMBIA VALUES THE TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE THAT YOUR GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO EXTEND TO OUR PEOPLE.

THIS HAS INDEED CONTRIBUTED SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF OUR NATION. OUR TWO COUNTRIES CONTINUE TO COOPERATE IN MANY AREAS OF DEVELOPMENT BOTH AT BILATERAL AND MULTILATERAL LEVELS.

I THEREFORE IMPLORE YOUR EXCELLENCY TO EXPLORE NEW WAYS TO STRENGTHEN OUR COOPERATION IN THE AREA OF TRADE AND INVESTMENT FOR THE MUTUAL BENEFIT OF OUR TWO COUNTRIES.

3. SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM

YOUR EXCELLENCY, MR. NGUYEN MANH CUONG,

ZAMBIA VALUES THE WARM BILATERAL RELATIONS SHARED WITH VIETNAM. MY GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO EXPANDING OUR ECONOMIC RELATIONS BY EXPLORING AREAS OF COOPERATION FOR THE MUTUAL BENEFIT OF OUR TWO COUNTRIES.

IT IS MY SINCERE HOPE THAT OUR GOVERNMENTS WILL WORK CLOSELY TO FURTHER STRENGTHEN POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC EXCHANGES ESPECIALLY IN THE FIELD OF AGRICULTURE, TRADE AND CULTURE.

4. THE GABONESE REPUBLIC

YOUR EXCELLENCY, DR. GUY B. NAMBO- WEZET,

ZAMBIA VALUES THE FRIENDLY RELATIONS IT ENJOYS WITH THE GABONESE REPUBLIC. IT IS MY GOVERNMENT’S DESIRE TO BUILD AND STRENGTHEN COOPERATION WITH GABON IN MANY AREAS OF MUTUAL INTEREST TO REALISE NEW TRADE AND INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES.

OF PARTICULAR FOCUS IS COOPERATION IN THE FIELD OF PETROLEUM EXTRACTION AS ZAMBIA IS CURRENTLY CONDUCTING EXPLORATION PROJECTS IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE COUNTRY.

5. KINGDOM OF THAILAND

YOUR EXCELLENCY, MR. PORNSHAI DANVIVATHANA,

LET ME TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ONCE AGAIN EXPRESS MY HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO THE GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE OF THE KINGDOM OF THAILAND ON THE UNTIMELY DEATH OF KING BHUMIBOL ADULYADEJ.

ZAMBIA AND THE KINGDOM OF THAILAND ENJOY WARM BILATERAL RELATIONS BASED ON A FOUNDATION OF FRIENDSHIP AND COOPERATION.

I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING CLOSELY WITH YOUR GOVERNMENT TO FURTHER STRENGTHEN THESE RELATIONS AND EXPLORE MORE AREAS OF COOPERATION IN FIELDS SUCH AS; TECHNOLOGY, INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT AND CAPACITY BUILDING.

I WISH TO COMMEND YOUR GOVERNMENT FOR COMING UP WITH THE THAI-AFRICA INITIATIVE AS A WAY OF STRENGTHENING DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP AND PROMOTING CLOSER ECONOMIC COOPERATION BETWEEN THAILAND AND AFRICA.

THROUGH THIS INITIATIVE, ZAMBIA INTENDS TO BENEFIT IMMENSELY IN KEY AREAS SUCH AS AGRICULTURE, EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH AND TOURISM.

6. THE KINGDOM OF DENMARK,

YOUR EXCELLENCY, MR. EINAR HEBOGÅRD,

MY GOVERNMENT APPRECIATES THE SUPPORT DEMARK CONTINUES TO RENDER TO ZAMBIA’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENDA THROUGH VARIOUS PROGRAMMES UNDER THE DANISH INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (DANIDA).

THIS COOPERATION HAS GREATLY CONTRIBUTED TO GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS AIMED AT UPLIFTING THE LIVES OF OUR PEOPLE THROUGH POVERTY ALLEVIATION.

YOUR EXCELLENCY,

I WISH TO REITERATE MY GOVERNMENTS COMMITMENT TO EXPANDING COMMERCIAL AND TRADE RELATIONS, AND EXPLORE NEW AVENUES OF BILATERAL COOPERATION FOR THE MUTUAL BENEFIT OF OUR TWO COUNTRIES.

YOUR EXCELLENCIES,

AS YOU MAY BE AWARE, ZAMBIA PROVIDES A FAVOURABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR DOING BUSINESS WITH NUMEROUS INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES, IN OUR PRIORITY AREAS OF AGRICULTURE, TOURISM, MANUFACTURING, ENERGY, MINING AND WATER DEVELOPMENT.

IN THIS REGARD, I WISH TO ENCOURAGE YOUR EXCELLENCIES, DURING YOUR TOURS OF DUTY, TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS POTENTIAL AND INCREASE YOUR COUNTRIES’ INVESTMENTS IN ZAMBIA.

IN CONCLUSION, IT IS MY SINCERE HOPE THAT YOUR APPOINTMENTS TO ZAMBIA WILL PROVIDE OUR RELATIONS THE NECESSARY IMPETUS TO PROPEL OUR COOPERATION TO GREATER HEIGHTS.

LET ME ASSURE YOU ALL, OF MY GOVERNMENT’S SUPPORT AND COOPERATION TO MAKE YOUR RESPECTIVE TOURS OF DUTY A SUCCESS.

YOUR EXCELLENCIES,

I ALSO RECOMMEND THAT YOU TAKE TIME OFF YOUR BUSY SCHEDULES TO SAMPLE ZAMBIA’S TOURISM IN VARIOUS PARTS OF OUR COUNTRY. THIS WILL ENABLE YOUR EXCELLENCIES TO ACQUIRE A FAIR UNDERSTANDING OF ZAMBIA’S SOCIO-ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL LANDSCAPE. I AM CERTAIN THIS WILL BE BENEFICIAL TO YOU ALL.

ONCE AGAIN, LET ME WARMLY WELCOME YOU TO ZAMBIA AND WISH YOU A FRUITFUL TOUR OF DUTY.
CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU ALL.

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