ZAMBIA will continue rationalizing her participation in multilateral and bilateral engagements but will ensure that there is prudent utilization of resources in pursuit of her developmental agenda, Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba has said.

Mr Kalaba said Zambia’s continued engagement at the multilateral levels was extremely important as the country continued to pursue its foreign policy objectives and national interests.

Addressing the media at his office yesterday on some key aspects of the country’s foreign interactions, Mr Kalaba said President Edgar Lungu last month attended the summit of the Forum on China Cooperation (FOCAC) in South Africa where the Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the increase in funding to Africa to US$50 billion from US$20 billion.

Mr Kalaba announced that President Lungu would also be attending the 26th ordinary session of heads of state and government of the African Union in Addis Ababa at the end of this month.

Mr Kalaba said during the FOCAC summit in South Africa, the Chinese leadership unveiled five new pillars on which the China-Africa cooperation would be anchored. Mr Kalaba said among the pillars under which the China-Africa would cooperate included political equality and mutual trust, promotion of win-win economic cooperation, enriching cultural exchanges, providing mutual assistance in security and ensuring solidarity and coordination in international affairs.

“The country’s continued engagement at the multilateral level is extremely important as we pursue Zambia’s foreign policy objectives and national interests. We will therefore continue to rationaslize our participation while ensuring that resources are utilized prudently in the pursuit of the country’s development agenda,” Mr Kalaba said. .

He explained that China was equally helping Africa develop its agriculture sector, infrastructure development, finance, green development, trade and investment as well as poverty reduction and public health.

He said Zambia was expected to benefit from China’s US$60 million pledge to African development and that the country was likely be part of the package dedicated to areas such as agriculture, energy, infrastructure development and  climate change.

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