PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has assured the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that Zambia would remain committed to all initiatives and processes aimed at maintaining peace and security in that country and the Great Lakes Region as the DRC goes to the polls by the end of this year.
President Lungu has also urged warring parties and other stakeholders in South Sudan to respect the peace agreement to guarantee the formation and consolidation of the government of national unity being mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).
And President Lungu has urged ambassadors and High Commissioners accredited to Zambia to explore investment opportunities in Zambia’s priority areas such as agriculture, tourism, manufacturing energy, mining and water development because the country has a conducive investment for conducting business.
The President said as the DRC was going for elections by the end of this year, his Government would remain committed to initiatives aimed at maintaining peace in that country.
He said this when he received letters of credentials from ambassadors and high commissioners accredited to Zambia at State House yesterday. President Lungu said the DRC was Zambia’s key neighbour and there was need therefore to strengthen bilateral cooperation and support between the two countries for political and economic development processes.
The Head of State said Zambia attached great importance to her relations with various countries in the world which he said were based on the firm foundation of mutual trust and respect.
The President said various countries in the world had been partners to Zambia’s development agenda and that individual states had rendered valuable assistance in the country’s various sectors.
He said sectors such as health, education, agriculture, infrastructure development, energy, science and technology including trade and investment had benefited from assistance from countries Zambia had been enjoying warm bilateral relations with. “Zambia boasts of a conducive environment for doing business with numerous investment opportunities in our priority areas of agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, energy, mining and water development. I wish to urge your Excellencies to harness the investment potential during your tour of duty and increase your countries’ investment in Zambia,” President Lungu said.
President Lungu received credentials from DRC ambassador-designate Ebokwol Ghyor Mayele, Ghana’s High Commissioner to Zambia Morgan Adokwei Brown, Hussenin Awad Ali of the Republic of Sudan, Arthur Mattli, Switzerland’s ambassador designate to Zambia and Brahim Salam El-Mami of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic.
Others who presented their credentials to President Lungu were Nacerdine Sai from the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, Paul Cartier of the Kingdom of Belgium, Gabriel Gai Riiak Makol of South Sudan, Nenad Prolog of Croatia and Harald Gunther from Austria.
And Ambassador Ghyor Mayele of the DRC said the difficulties his country was going through were as a result of the unfounded manouevres and other forms of intimidation by the enemies of the Congolese people.