Zambia’s president Hakainde Hichilema says he seeks to fortify relations with the European Union to foster trade and economic development in that country.
Hichilema who is fresh from winning elections after thrashing incumbent Edgar Lungu said this after the meeting with the EU delegation.
“We held a meeting with the European External Action Service (EEAS) of the European Union Delegation at State House,” Hichilema said.
“The delegation was led by EEAS Managing Director for Africa Ms Rita Laranjhina, who stated that it was proud of our Country’s continued peace and security and further stated that our vision for economic growth is indeed important.”
Among the EEAS delegation was His Excellency, Jack Jankowsi, Head of EU Delegation to Zambia, Mrs Sandra Kramer – International Partnerships , Director for Africa, Mr Alessandro Mariani – EEAS Head of Division, Mr Bruno Hanses – EU Delegation Head of Political and Public Information, Mr Arnaud Borchard – EU Delegation Head of Cooperation and Ms Namambo Delot who is EU Delegation Press Information Officer.
During the meeting, Hichilema said he emphasised that he was elected on the premise of delivering economic development, freedoms and upholding of democracy and that he was working towards the achievement of these.
“We also informed them that vices such as corruption, are being fought through the established institutions,. We stated that we remain committed to ensuring peace and unity for all and that currently our plan is to ensure a stable economy and good governance. This is because a society that is just and full of potential, can only thrive when there is peace and unity as embedded in the democratic values,” he said.
The Zambia President said he will fortify his relations with EU to foster trade and investment in the country.
“In fostering economic diplomacy, trade and investment, we will ensure that our relationship with the European Union and other cooperating partners is even stronger as this will eventually lead to tangible results.We are confident that together, we shall make Zambia a safe, healthy and food secure country whose youths will be contributing to economic development because youth empowerment programmes, are being launched soon,” he said.
Hichilema defeated the incumbent, Lungu, by a landslide – more than a million votes.
In its final tally, Zambai’s electoral commission announced that Hichilema won 2,810,777 votes to Mr Lungu’s 1,814,201 in August 12 elections . There were seven million registered voters.
Hichilema’s triumph over Lungu was his sixth attempt after failing to land the top Zambia’s job for the past years.