EUROPEAN countries, the Middle East and Asia have described Zambia as a shining example in Africa in the promotion of democracy, good governance, the rule of law and respect for human rights and have commended President Edgar Lungu to continue maintaining peace and stability to attract foreign investment.
Italy, Greece (Hellenic Republic), Spain, Iran, Pakistan and Israel have paid tribute to Zambia’s democratic dispensation saying the country’s political stability had remained the fulcrum of the fast economic transformation the country had recorded since independence.
The countries have pledged to help Zambia attract investment in agriculture, infrastructure and the energy sector to ameliorate the power crisis that has hit Zambia and other countries in Africa.
And President Lungu has urged ambassadors and High Commissioners accredited to Zambia to use the warm and bilateral relations their respective countries were enjoying to promote investment in the country.
President Lungu said he was of a strong belief that Italy, Greece, Spain, Iran, Pakistan and Israel had a lot to offer to Zambia through the enhancement of trade and investment.
The President said his Government remained committed to the promotion of private sector-driven economy in order to promote sustainable economic growth.
President Lungu said this when he received letters of credence from ambassadors designate from Italy’s Filipo Scammacca Del Murgo eDell’agnone, Greece’s Leonidas Contovounesios, Alicia Moral Revilla of Spain, Mohammed Aminejad of Iran, Asaf Khan from Pakistan and Gershon Kedar of Israel.
The Head of State was hopeful that the appointment of the ambassadors and High Commissioners was going to add impetus to the already existing bilateral cooperation with other countries.
President Lungu implored the new ambassadors and High Commissioners to Zambia to harness Zambia’s economic expansion potential so that the foreign countries could increase their investment portfolio in the country.
“You may wish to note that Zambia’s central location offers a huge market for business considering her strategic geographical position. It is my fervent hope that your appointment to Zambia will add great impetus to the existing bilateral cooperation with your respective countries and I therefore wish to reaffirm my government’s unwavering support to work closely with you during your respective tours of duty,” President Lungu said.
President Lungu said Zambia and Greece had been collaborating in the socio-economic and political spheres despite the adverse impact the global trends had had on the economies of the two countries.
On Iran, President Lungu said Zambia was keen to benefit from that country’s expertise in alternative sources of energy especially at a time when the country was experiencing critical deficit of hydro-power.
And Italian ambassador to Zambia Murgo eDell’agnone said his country was proud of Zambia’s democratic record and the respect of the rule of law and that it was his hope that the country was going to continue with its democratic values and beliefs. Greece’s ambassador to Zambia Contovounesios said his country was admiring Zambia in the manner the country was handling the refugees and praised President Lungu for boldly communiting the death sentences of the condemned prisoners in the country to life imprisonment.
Spain’s High Commissioner to Zambia Moral Revilla said her country was going to work closely with Zambia in the promotion of peace and stability in Africa stating that Spain was aggressively fighting acts of terrorism and promote democracy.
Iran’s ambassador Aminnejad told President Lungu that his country was against acts of violence and extremism stating that the recent P5 agreement would be able to easy the economic sanctions against his country.