Lungu to hold talks with Yoweri Museveni

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President Edgar Lungu will today be traveling to Uganda to attend the inauguration of that country’s President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

While in Uganda, President Lungu says he will also hold talks with President Museveni to see how the two countries can enhance trade under the COMESA region umbrella and trade structures.

President Museveni recently extended his reign securing a fifth term in a disputed poll marred with violence.

President Lungu explained his visit on a post published on his facebook page:

Our visit to Uganda

We will travel to Uganda on 11-12th May 2016.

This is in an effort to accentuate Zambia’s diplomatic identity in the Great Lakes Region.

We will be in the midst of several Heads of State and dignitaries attending the inauguration of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

While in Uganda, we will also engage our colleague in trade talks under the Comesa Region umbrella and trade structures.

Zambia seeks to deepen economic diplomacy with the Republic of Uganda as we recognize the need to understand new topics in international trade and new forums of economic diplomacy as envisaged by trade groupings like Comesa to which both Zambia and Uganda belong.

In recent years, the Comesa Region has continued to achieve growth rates of around 5%, well above the world average of around 2%.

The region, however, still relies heavily on the production of primary products such as tobacco and groundnuts with big investments of capital intensive extractive industries concentrated only in a few countries. There is, therefore, a strong need and opportunity for the Region to embark on a wider diversification from production of primary products to non-primary and preferably processed products if the Region is to realise continued upward growth trends. Such diversification will lead to job creation, partly solving the unemployment problem that the region experiences.

Thus our President’s talks with his colleague in Uganda will seek to draw sharp focus on ways in which our two countries can derive maximum benefit from the Comesa Region trade structures and further enhance our unique comparative advantages so as to create jobs for our two peoples.

Our Visit to Saudi Arabia

To further our economic diplomacy efforts, we will also undertake a State Visit to Saudi Arabia on 16th May 2016 at the invitation of His Majesty King Sulman Bin Abdullaziz Al Saudi and Custodian of the two Most Holy Mosques of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

This is to explore trade links with that Kingdom and open the Middle East corridor which has remained largely unexplored.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has a population of 27.3 million people and its net imports in the recent past has stood well over US$150 billion with Iron and Steel accounting for 4% of the total imports and Cereals accounting for 3%.

The Kingdom is also the world’s largest producer and exporter of petroleum products, and is the second largest oil producer after Russia. Clearly, this is fertile grounds for Zambia from both an export and import perspective and we prod the President for identifying this very important economic corridor.

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11 Responses to Lungu to hold talks with Yoweri Museveni

  1. And ask him about the Dubai printing firm tefyo? Who doesn’t know then he is proceeding to Saudi Arabia. How provocative is that? Then you hear ECZ saying they’re independent what a lot of bollocks.

    Kambalandile
    May 11, 2016 at 9:07 am
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    • Let him try but he should remember that the environments are different. Zimbabweans and Ugandans are not like Zambians and we do things differently. But it is actually very worrying because Edgar knows he is losing and first and foremost he does not even deserve to be president of Zambia. He just doesn’t have anything it takes to be Head of State unless this was a chiefdom. You don’t become HOS by being loyal to one person as Edgar wants Zambians to believe that that’s how you become HOS. You become HOS because you have proved beyond doubt that you succeed at things you manage, you are passionate about uplifting the poor masses and you are intelligent enough to lead and represent a nation at global fora. Otherwise you only resort to violence in order to maintain your presidency. If you look at most of African dictators Edgar Lungu is trying to imitate like Mugabe, Museveni, Kagame, (I’m not sure about the intellectual abilities of the rest of dictators like Kabila, Burundi president, etc), they are very intelligent men who deserved the presidency in the first place but just became greedy along the way. But Edgar is far from these as evidenced from his life before Sata lifted him up right from the floor to be MP and also his intellectual engagements as president (that is why he runs away from public debates). So his only option straight from day one is to use violence to stay in power. I’m almost convinced that his strategy is to now escalate violence while blaming UPND to such levels that will allow him to postpone elections or to literally steal votes at polling stations whether opposition and local and international observers want or not. After all once his appointee the chief justice declares him president, it is only the courts that can address this problem which is also full of his appointees who will rule in his favour. There’s a lot more work to be done to stop PF from rigging this election.

      Tod
      May 11, 2016 at 10:01 am
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  2. LUNGU SHOULD HAVE EXCUSED HIMSELF FROM ATTENDING.IT IS BETTER TO AVOID DICTATORS.LELO NI KU ZIMBABWE MAILO KU UGANDA.WHY IS OUR PRESIDENT ASSOCIATING HIMSELF WITH MADALAS OF THIS CONTINENT?WE ARE PRAYING.

    TOLILO
    May 11, 2016 at 9:30 am
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  3. You can go and talk to your fellow dictator-thats where u get funny snd stupid ideas of harrasing the opposition

    dams
    May 11, 2016 at 9:41 am
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  4. Let him make his last trips abroad before we sack him in three months time. The chap is just too incompetent and useless to be remain as president.

    Lucy
    May 11, 2016 at 1:19 pm
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  5. For me and my family we sacked this the very day he was ushered in as president.come 11/8 i will just kick and slap this guy mwe

    Mwamba Kabiki
    May 11, 2016 at 2:35 pm
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  6. In fact we don’t envy the leadership style of these Guys from Uganda, Zimbabwe,Angola DRC and Brundi,We are a pure democratic state,that is what people fought for in 1991. Jamason should not take us backward to Cha cha cha error.

    Mwamba Kabiki
    May 11, 2016 at 2:40 pm
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  7. A chance for a little more travelling allowance

    Ken
    May 11, 2016 at 3:33 pm
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  8. Why travelling to that country whose leader’s re-election is disputed? What’s the meaning of travelling days before elections in your country? Be careful with those dictators you interact with, they wil leave you alone when problems come against you. This is Zambia.

    kabuchi
    May 11, 2016 at 5:28 pm
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  9. The effects of allowing a ka Gods must be crazy man to rule zambia.

    James
    May 11, 2016 at 9:42 pm
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  10. He is doing everything to steal these elections ” how many industries has PF with real job creation prospects created?
    O l c is visisting other countries all de time at de expense of nation development.
    very useless government, as developmental projects are run by thugs en corrupt officials ,whilst pipo who really need much needed help are waiting in vain.

    robert sulamoyo jr
    May 12, 2016 at 2:28 am
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