ZAMBIA has this year received high level dignitaries from developed nations and institutions of influence, thus propelling the country’s profile on the international scene.
Earlier this year, United States (US) Vice- President Kamala Harris and Secretary of Treasury Janet Yellen were among the high-profile officials to visit the country.
This has shown that Zambia is in the ‘big league’ since President Hakainde Hichilema took over office.
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, who has been instrumental in pushing for Zambia’s debt restructuring process was another high profile figure to set foot in Zambia.
Yesterday, the country welcomed President of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank- Walter Steinmeier for a two-day State visit.
President Steinmeier’s visit is highly significant as it will reinforce longstanding bilateral ties, premised on shared values and mutual aspirations for prosperity for both Zambia and Germany.
Scheduled to hold bilateral talks with President Hakainde Hichilema, where discussions will centre on issues of mutual interest, various agreements are expected to be signed in key sectors such as cooperation in water and sanitation, agriculture, small and medium enterprises development, energy, trade and investment, among other key areas.
President Steinmeier is also scheduled to visit some projects supported by his Government, including witnessing the signing of an agreement between the department of Water and KfW Development Bank, to take place in Livingstone.
Germany is a pivotal global economic powerhouse and a prominent member of the European Union, therefore these visits are encouraging and exciting as they result in trade benefits trickling to Zambia.
Foreign Affairs and International Minister Stanley Kakubo who announced President Steinmeier’s visit on Tuesday, described the trip as a momentous occasion for the Government of Zambia to pursue a more robust partnership aimed at fostering sustainable development for mutual benefit of both nations.
This year has been inspiring as leaders from advanced economies have visited the country, and this is no doubt a milestone achievement for Zambia.
The New Dawn government should be commended, supported and encouraged in its continued quest to strengthen biletaral ties at a higher level.
Development can only be achieved through partnerships and sharing of ideas, and therefore Government remains confident that the high-level engagements with Germany, among other nations will immensely contribute to the country’s economic transformation and yield tangible benefits for Zambians.