By Paul Shalala
President HAKAINDE HICHILEMA is expected to travel to Germany and Italy to cement relations with the two countries.
President HICHILEMA will leave for Germany today and attend the fifth Conference on the G20 Compact with Africa scheduled for Monday in Berlin.
Foreign Affairs and International Corporation Minister STANLEY KAKUBO says President HICHILEMA has been invited by German Chancellor OLAF SCHOLZ to attend the conference.
Mr. KAKUBO says during the conference, President HICHILEMA is expected to participate in discussions centered on the energy sector in relation to trade and investment opportunities in the African emerging markets.
He says on the margins of the meeting, the President will hold bilateral talks with other leaders on matters of mutual interest.
Mr. KAKUBO says President HICHILEMA will later travel to Italy for a two day state visit from November 21 to 22, 2023.
He says the state visit is aimed at reinforcing strategic bilateral and economic relations between Zambia and Italy, premised on shared values and mutual respect.
Mr. KAKUBO says while in Rome, President HICHILEMA is scheduled to hold talks with Italian President SERGIO MATTARELLA and Prime Minister of Italy GIORGIA MELONI on pertinent issues at bilateral and multilateral levels.
He says the President will also meet the heads of the Food and Agriculture Organisation and International Fund for Agricultural Development to discuss ways of strengthening collaboration and support in food security, rural development and poverty reduction.
Mr. KAKUBO says President HICHILEMA will also grace the Zambia-Italy Business Forum which will provide a platform to showcase Zambia’s investment potential and opportunities for joint venture collaborations.
This is according to a statement issued by Mr. KAKUBO to ZNBC News today.
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