A NINE-MEMBER delegation from the African Development Bank (AfDB) headquarters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, arrived in Lusaka yesterday for a series of meetings with Government and other stakeholders preparing to host the bank’s annual meeting from 23th to 27th May 2016.
The delegation, comprising the bank’s experts in media and communication, conference infrastructure, protocol, transport and information communication technology, is led by Mr Olivier Pinzi, director at the bank’s headquarters in Abidjan.
This is the second time the AfDB mission is coming to Zambia in a space six months as Zambia intensifies preparations to host the bank’s high-level annual gathering to be attended by over 4,000 delegates from Africa and beyond.
According to a press statement, while in Zambia the delegation’s week-long programme includes meetings with officials at the Ministries of Finance; Transport and Communication and members of various technical sub-committees in the ongoing preparations for the conference.
The delegation will wrap up its mission to Zambia on January 25 with a meeting with Secretary to the Treasury Fredson Yamba.
A committee of permanent secretaries chaired by Mr Yamba was last week appointed to spearhead the preparations.
The committee comprises among others permanent secretary- policy analysis and coordination division at Cabinet Office and permanent secretary – economic management and finance at the Ministry of Finance.
Others are permanent secretary, budget and economic affairs, Ministry of Finance; permanent secretary – Ministry of Foreign Affairs, permanent secretary – ministry of home affairs and permanent secretary – ministry of health.
Included in the committee are permanent secretary -ministry of information and broadcasting services, permanent secretary – ministry of works and supply, and permanent secretary -ministry of transport and communication, permanent secretary -ministry of commerce, trade and industry and permanent secretary- ministry of tourism and Arts.