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State for ambitious foreign policies, says Kalaba

NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
MINISTER of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba says Government has embarked on an ambitious programme to re-position Zambia as an effective and influential player on the international arena through the implementation of a number of strategic policies.
Mr Kalaba said some of the policies to be implemented are the 2014 revised Foreign Policy, the five-year strategic plan and the soon to be enacted Foreign Service Act.
Speaking during a working breakfast with former ministers of Foreign Affairs in Lusaka yesterday, Mr Kalaba said the ministry is also in the process of finalising the Diaspora Policy.
“In this era of ever evolving diplomacy, we believe that there is need for the ministry to regularly consult and exchange ideas with key stakeholders on how best to implement Zambia’s Foreign Policy,” Mr Kalaba said.
The minister said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is proud of the service that each former minister rendered to the country over the years which contributed greatly to the country’s high standing in the international community.
He said because of the country’s renowned historic expertise in diplomacy as well as its reputation as a fountain of knowledge in international relations, it earned itself the global reputation of a beacon of peace and a model of democracy not only in Africa but the world at large.
“Our collective wisdom and involvement in international relations can go a long way in enhancing Zambia’s interaction with the international community in order to maximise benefits in the pursuit of our national interest,” Mr Kalaba said.
The former ministers who attended the meeting are Rupiah Banda, who is also former President, Vernon Mwaanga, Katele Kalumba, Kelly Walubita, Kalombo Mwansa, Ronnie Shikapwasha, Kabinga Pande and Wylbur Simuusa.




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