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I will strengthen Zambia’s relations in the region – HH

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Hakainde Hichilema

Hakainde Hichilema

Zambia has long held a special place amongst its neighbours in the region. In days gone by it served as a second home to freedom fighters, and in recent decades it has become a beacon of democracy and stability in the region. This status is a great source of pride for us.

However, these friendships must be maintained and yet in recent years we have perhaps grown distant and somewhat isolated even. This is only to our disadvantage. We are committed to strengthening those relationships once again and reaffirming our high standing in the region.

These relations with our regional neighbours are not just a matter of friendship and good manners. These same countries can be our business partners; they are ready markets for export right on our doorstep. We want to create an environment in which Zambian businesses can take full advantage of the opportunities in the region.

Looking beyond the region and beyond Africa, Zambia must make itself heard. We have an important role to play as a peace-loving democracy endowed with natural resources, beautiful landscapes and a young population ready to drive the country forward.

However, we will not take big delegations abroad at the expense of the Zambian taxpayer every time an international event pops up. We will work on the basis of what is necessary and what is advantageous for the Zambian people and the region. This is in order to preserve revenues that can be better invested in areas that will deliver greater benefit, such as education and providing support to local businesses.

Whilst encouraging investment in Zambia we will keep the interests of the people at the heart of every deal we make. We will secure only the best projects for Zambia, and those that provide us with additional revenues for spending on education and healthcare, create jobs and generate opportunities for Zambian businesses.

Hakainde Hichilema

UPND President

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