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AfDB President Discusses Regional Integration with Members of Zambian Government
On an official visit to Zambia, African Development Bank Group President Donald Kaberuka paid a courtesy call on Zambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Given Lubinda, on December 20. The meeting was attended by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Efron Lungu; Zambia’s Resident Representative, Freddie Kwesiga; and other Government and Bank officials.
Lubinda thanked Kaberuka for the Bank’s historical support and looked forward to further support as Zambia develops its transport infrastructure to enhance internal and regional connectivity for regional integration. The Minister indicated Zambia’s intention to develop air transport in support of the country’s economic development, especially in the tourism sector, with the participation of the private sector.
The Minister also indicated Zambia’s intention to develop the railway link, especially opening the northwestern corridor of Zambia to promote trade in oil and other products with Angola and beyond. The linking of the Mchinji in Malawi to the Tanzania-Zambia Railway (Tazara) would also enhance the eastern corridor with Mozambique and Malawi. The Minister further indicated the Zambian Government’s desire to expand the energy sector to narrow the energy supply deficit faced by Zambia and other countries in the region.
In response, Kaberuka expressed his satisfaction with the economic and social developments in Zambia and indicated the Bank’s willingness to support the Government in infrastructure development, especially to enhance regional integration and trade. On air transport, the President advised Zambia to improve airport infrastructure to attract more airlines on a competitive basis.