PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has arrived in the Chinese city of Shanghai, enroute to Sanya where the annual prestigious Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) conference this year officially opens tomorrow.
President Lungu arrived at the Pundong International Airport in Shanghai to a sleety downpour and will today proceed to Sanya, the Chinese tourist resort city which climatically knows no winter.
In Sanya, the Head of State will be guest at the MGM Grand, an exotic and panoramic hotel nestled by the shore of the China South Sea where a number of other Heads of State attending the BFA will be accommodated.
President Lungu arrived in Shanghai at about 21:20 hours local time in the company of the First Lady Esther, special assistant for press and public relations Amos Chanda, Kaizer Zulu, special assistant for political affairs, Hibeene Mwiinga, the economic and development advisor and Zambia Army Commander Paul Mihova.
On hand to receive the Head of State was Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe, deputy Secretary to Cabinet Peter Kasanda, Zambia’s ambassador to China Gertrude Mwape and Chinese officials.
President Lungu and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni are the only two leaders from the African continent attending the BFA annual conference which has remained the unique forum for countries to dialogue on a range of economical, technological, political and environmental challenges facing the world.
On his agenda as he makes his inaugural State visit to this Asian economic giant, President Lungu has increased investment in a number of sectors such as tourism, mining and construction for Zambia.