PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has opened Zambia to the outside world and the amount of investment coming to the country is much more than what is being spent on the presidential trips, Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba has said.
He said those who have been criticising President Lungu’s foreign trips could only be given a benefit of doubt because they did not understand the concept of economic diplomacy from which Zambia was greatly benefiting.
Mr Kalaba said Zambia throgh President Lungu was going to continue forging stronger ties with her neighbours because the Head of State and his Government that the country was not going to realise its economic potential in isolation.
He said Zambia was sharing development practices and strategies with other countries and that it was incomprehensible that some opposition political parties could criticising the Head of State when the country’s image had greatly improved.
Mr Kalaba explained that Zambia needed to continue looking out to other countries to learn the best practices of governance and how to develop the country according to the needs of the citizens.
“Unless Zambia interacts with other countries, we will not be able to realise the full economic potential. President Lungu has positively turned the image of the country and he will have to continue with his foreign trips because the investment benefits we are accruing are worth far more than what the country is spending on the presidential trips. Those criticising President Lungu over foreign trips do not understand economic diplomacy and we must appreciate that Zambia is becoming an investment destination,” he said.