Africa must unite to succeed – Lungu

PRESIDENT Lungu talks to journalists on arrival at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka yesterday. PICTURE: ANGELA NTENTABUNGA.

PRESIDENT Lungu has urged the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and other African countries to speak with one voice on issues affecting the continent.

He says African countries should not continue escorting other nations to forums like the United Nations (UN) without achieving or gaining anything from the events.
The Head of State said this is why Africa should work together and demand for quick implementation of reforms in the UN Security Council.
President Lungu said Zambia will continue pushing for Africa’s quest to have a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.
He said this can only be achieved if countries speak with one voice.
He said this during a dinner hosted in his honour by King Mswati III.
President Lungu said his government will continue strengthening relations between Zambia and Swaziland.
“This visit is a demonstration of the desire of our two governments to work together to strengthen the historical bonds of friendship that exist between Zambia and Swaziland,” he said.
And King Mswati has said Africa’s development will only be accelerated if the continent invests in the energy sector.
He said energy is key to economic development, hence the need for African governments to make the commodity accessible to all.
The king praised President Lungu’s efforts to invest in infrastructure across Zambia.
Meanwhile, President Lungu has said Africa will continue being a dumping site for foreign goods unless industries on the continent start adding value to their products.
He said banks in Africa should support those who want to venture in business.
President Lungu said Africa should look within the continent for investments before going elsewhere.
He said there is need to promote value addition in all the sectors if Africa is to get maximum benefits from its resources.
President Lungu said it is in this vein that he has been calling for more investments in the fishing industry, among other sectors.
He said this after touring the Swazi Milk Company, which is jointly owned by the Swaziland National Pension Fund and other stakeholders.
Meanwhile, President Lungu visited the Royal Sugar Co-operation Company in Swaziland.
During the visit, company chief executive officer Nick Jackson explained to the President how his company is diversifying its business in the face of drought and load-shedding.


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