PRESIDENTS Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Idriss Deby of Chad arrive in Zambia today for the 2016 African Development Bank (AfDB) annual conference which the country is hosting.
Several other leaders and dignitaries including former presidents John Kufour of Ghana, Olusogun Obasanjo of Nigeria, Mary Robinson of Ireland among others are also expected to arrive in the country.
Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba confirmed yesterday that several leaders and dignitaries would be in Zambia from today for the AfDB 2016 annual meeting.
Other leaders who are expected to attend the AfDB meeting are Nigerian Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Mohamed Gharib Bilal, the Vice-President of Tanzania and Carlos Agostinho do Rosario, the Prime Minister of Mozambique.
Mr Kalaba said Government had signed an aide-memoire with AfDB and that Zambia was happy to have been given the opportunity to host a high profile meeting for the AfDB.
He said Chad President , who is the chairman of the African Union (AU) Idriss Deby would be among the leaders expected to attend the AfDB annual meeting.
Mr Kalaba said several ministers of Finance from many other countries were also expected in Zambia, stating that the coming of foreign Heads of State to Zambia would certainly help enhance Zambia’s diplomatic profile.
Mr Kalaba said President Lungu had worked hard to improve the diplomatic status of Zambia and that the country was now in good standing with all its neighbours and the entire continent.
He said Zambia was going to gain a lot from hosting the AfDB annual meeting as many leaders would be able to enjoy the country’s tourist attractions.
He said Zambia would take advantage of the opportunity of hosting the AfDB meeting to market its investment potential to many business executives that would be in the country.
“Zambia is hosting the 2016 African Development Bank starting tomorrow (today) and we are expecting several high level dignitaries to come,
“Three Presidents are coming to attend the AfDB meeting. President Idriss Deby of Chad who is the African Union chairperson. Others are President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya. We, as Zambia, are happy to have been accorded the opportunity to host this high level meeting because this has helped push our diplomatic profile to another level,” Mr Kalaba said.