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Zambia spearheading Africa’s UN agenda, says Bota

Mwaba Kasese Bota.

ZAMBIA has the mandate to spearhead the agenda for Africa to having a permanent seat on the United Nations (UN) Security Council in order for the country to have veto power on decisions that are made about Africa,  permanent representative to the UN Mwaba Kasese-Bota has said.
Dr Bota said the mandate was given to the Zambian presidency to foster the reforms by the African Union (AU) summit in 2005, and that President Lungu has the task to advance this cause to ensure Africa achieves its goal.
She told journalists in Windhoek on the sidelines of the African Union Committee of Ten (C-10) heads of State summit on the reforms of the UN Security Council, that there is need to expedite the process of the reforms.
“Zambia is advancing the cause for Africa to ensure that we expedite the Security Council reforms for the UN. The advocacy for the reforms was started by late President Levy Mwanawasa and this was further moved by former President Michael Sata,” she said.
Dr Bota noted that over 70 percent of the issues discussed by the Security Council are on conflict and post-conflict situations mostly affecting African countries, yet there is no representation from the African continent when decisions are made.
She said Zambia and Namibia are the two countries in the Southern African region that are spearheading the campaign. The agenda being pushed by President Lungu and his counterparts is that Africa should not just have a permanent seat but veto power too.
Meanwhile, Zamseed has shown interest in advancing its operations into Namibia because of the potential the neighbouring country has shown.
Zambia’s High Commissioner to Namibia Sylvia Chalikosa said the seed company is trying to set up offices in the Namibian capital and begin its operations.
Ms Chalikosa said there is need to improve trade between Zambia and Namibia because both countries have a lot to offer in terms of trade investment.
Ms Chalikosa said some Namibian companies have also shown interest in investing in solar energy because of the demand that Zambia has.
She noted that trade between the two countries can improve, but that the people do appreciate the opportunities that their countries have to offer, hence the need for sensitisation.

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