PRESIDENT LUNGU RECEIVES LETTERS OF CREDENCE FROM HIGH COMMISSIONERS AND AMBASSADORS DESIGNATE TO THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA

I WISH TO WELCOME YOU TO THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA AND TO STATE HOUSE IN PARTICULAR, AND CONGRATULATE YOU ON YOUR APPOINTMENTS AS AMBASSADORS AND HIGH COMMISSIONERS BY YOUR RESPECTIVE GOVERNMENTS. I AM GREATLY HONOURED TO ACCEPT YOUR LETTERS OF CREDENCE.

I AM CONFIDENT THAT DURING YOUR TOUR OF DUTY, YOU WILL CONTINUE FROM WHERE YOUR PREDECESSORS LEFT AND STRIVE TO WORK HARD TOWARDS FURTHER STRENGTHENING THE EXISTING WARM BILATERAL RELATIONS THAT ZAMBIA ENJOYS WITH YOUR RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES. LET ME ASSURE YOUR EXCELLENCIES OF MY GOVERNMENT’S UNWAVERING SUPPORT DURING YOUR TENURE OF OFFICE IN ZAMBIA.

YOUR EXCELLENCIES,

RELATIONS BETWEEN ZAMBIA AND YOUR RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES ARE GROWING STRONGER BECAUSE THERE ARE FIRMLY ANCHORED ON THE COMMON VALUES AND OBJECTIVES THAT OUR COUNTRIES SHARE.

IT IS MY SINCERE DESIRE THAT OUR COUNTRIES WILL ASPIRE TO FURTHER ENHANCE THESE TIES BY EXPLORING MORE AVENUES FOR MEANINGFUL BILATERAL COOPERATION.

YOU MAY WISH TO KNOW THAT MY GOVERNMENT HAS FORMULATED ATTRACTIVE INVESTMENT POLICIES, THEREBY MAKING ZAMBIA A PREFERRED DESTINATION FOR INVESTMENT IN THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN REGION.

EXAMPLES OF SOME OF THE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE ZAMBIA’S THREE MULTI-FACILITY ECONOMIC ZONES, ONE ON THE COPPERBELT AND TWO IN LUSAKA, WITH HUGE INCENTIVES AND AMENITIES.

I THEREFORE IMPLORE YOUR EXCELLENCIES TO ENCOURAGE BUSINESSMEN AND BUSINESSWOMEN FROM YOUR RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ZAMBIA’S CONDUCIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR INVESTMENT BY ESTABLISHING JOINT VENTURES WITH THEIR ZAMBIAN COUNTERPARTS.

ALLOW ME YOUR EXCELLENCIES, TO NOW HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE AREAS OF COOPERATION BETWEEN OUR COUNTRIES;

TURKEY

YOUR EXCELLENCY, MADAM SEBNEM INCESU,

ZAMBIA AND TURKEY HAVE MAINTAINED CORDIAL RELATIONS FOR SEVERAL YEARS. I WISH TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE ECONOMIC PROGRESS AND SUCCESS THAT TURKEY HAS MADE, AS WELL AS COMMEND YOUR COUNTRY’S INCREASING ROLE IN FOSTERING PEACE IN THE REGION AND RENDERING ASSISTANCE TO DEVELOPING COUNTRIES.

LET ME TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN THE REST OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IN CONDEMNING THE TERRORIST ATTACKS IN YOUR COUNTRY AND ASSURE YOUR GOVERNMENT OF ZAMBIA’S SUPPORT IN FIGHTING THIS SCOURGE.

I APPRECIATE YOUR RESIDENT MISSION’S EFFORTS IN FOSTERING BILATERAL COOPERATION WITH ZAMBIA, PARTICULARLY IN KEY SECTORS SUCH AS HEALTH, EDUCATION, ENERGY, COMMERCE AND INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT.

I AM CONFIDENT THAT YOUR EXCELLENCY WILL WORK HARD TO ENSURE THAT THERE IS INCREASED DIALOGUE AND HIGH LEVEL VISITS BETWEEN OUR TWO GOVERNMENTS TO EXPLORE POTENTIAL ECONOMIC AND TRADE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES BETWEEN ZAMBIA AND TURKEY.

I AM AWARE THAT YOUR FOREIGN MINISTER WILL BE TRAVELLING TO LUSAKA SOON, AN INDICATION OF YOUR GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO STRENGTHENING TIES BETWEEN OUR TWO COUNTRIES.

UGANDA

YOUR EXCELLENCY, MADAM DOROTHY SAMALI HYUHA

THE STRONG HISTORICAL TIES THAT EXIST BETWEEN ZAMBIA AND UGANDA FORM THE BEDROCK FOR ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT FOR THE MUTUAL BENEFIT OF OUR PEOPLES.

I THEREFORE IMPLORE YOUR EXCELLENCY TO SPARE NO EFFORT TO ENHANCE THE BILATERAL COOPERATION BETWEEN ZAMBIA AND UGANDA. OUR TWO COUNTRIES ARE ALSO COOPERATING CLOSELY IN AN EFFORT TO FOSTER PEACE AND STABILITY TO THE GREAT LAKES REGION, WHICH IS AN IMPORTANT PRECONDITION FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH AND PROSPERITY.

THE EXCHANGE VISITS BETWEEN MY ELDER BROTHER PRESIDENT YOWERI KAGUTA MUSEVENI AND I, IS A CLEAR MANIFESTATION OF OUR ASPIRATIONS FOR THE TWO COUNTRIES.

NEPAL

YOUR EXCELLENCY, MR AMRIT BAHADUR RAI

ZAMBIA AND THE FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF NEPAL ENJOY WARM AND CORDIAL RELATIONS FOUNDED ON SHARED VALUES AND MUTUAL INTEREST. OUR RELATIONS ARE SHARED THROUGH MULTILATERAL FORA SUCH AS THE UNITED NATIONS AND THE NON-ALIGNED MOVEMENT, WHERE ZAMBIA AND NEPAL HAVE SUPPORTED COMMON CAUSES, BASED ON SHARED PRINCIPLES AND VALUES.
YOUR COMING TO ZAMBIA SHOULD HELP CONSOLIDATE OUR CONTINUED EFFORTS TO CONSIDER EXPLORING AVENUES OF ECONOMIC COOPERATION IN THE AGRICULTURE, TOURISM AND ENERGY SECTORS TO FURTHER STRENGTHEN OUR BILATERAL RELATIONS FOR THE MUTUAL BENEFIT OF OUR TWO COUNTRIES.

MALAWI

YOUR EXCELLENCY, MR WARREN BAMUSGUNDA,

ZAMBIA NOTES WITH SATISFACTION THE EXCELLENT RELATIONS THAT EXIST BETWEEN OUR TWO SISTER COUNTRIES, WHICH DATE BACK TO PRE-INDEPENDENCE ERA. THESE RELATIONS ARE CHARACTERISED BY A COMMON CULTURAL HERITAGE, HISTORY, LANGUAGE, ANCESTRY AND SIMILAR ASPIRATIONS FOR A BETTER FUTURE.

THE REGULAR INTERACTION BETWEEN MY BROTHER HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT PETER MUTHARIKA, AND I, IS AN AFFIRMATION OF OUR COMMITMENT TO ENHANCE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COOPERATION, BETWEEN ZAMBIA AND MALAWI FOR THE MUTUAL BENEFIT OF OUR TWO PEOPLES.

IT IS MY SINCERE HOPE THAT DURING YOUR TOUR OF DUTY, OUR TWO COUNTRIES WILL CONTINUE TO WORK CLOSELY PARTICULARLY UNDER THE FRAMEWORK OF OUR JOINT PERMANENT COMMISSION OF COOPERATION, WHICH I AM PLEASED TO NOTE, MEETS ON A REGULAR BASIS.

YOUR EXCELLENCIES,

I AM HOPEFUL THAT YOU WILL CARRY ON THE COMMENDABLE WORK OF YOUR RESPECTIVE PREDECESSORS IN YOUR QUEST TO FURTHER ENHANCE THE CORDIAL RELATIONS THAT EXIST BETWEEN ZAMBIA AND YOUR RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES.

LET ME ENCOURAGE YOU ALL TO TAKE OUR COOPERATION TO HIGHER HEIGHTS BEARING IN MIND ZAMBIA’S KEY PRIORITY AREAS OF AGRICULTURE, ENERGY, TOURISM, MINING AND MANUFACTURING.

THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS IS AT YOUR DISPOSAL TO FACILITATE YOUR INTERACTIONS WITH THE ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT, AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT STAKEHOLDERS, IN ORDER TO MAKE YOUR TOUR OF DUTY SUCCESSFUL.

I WISH TO ALSO ENCOURAGE YOUR EXCELLENCIES TO MAKE TIME OFF YOUR BUSY SCHEDULES TO ENJOY OUR HOSPITALITY COUPLED WITH BEAUTIFUL SIGHTS.

WELCOME TO ZAMBIA AND CONGRATULATIONS!

DATE: 18TH JANUARY, 2017

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