President Edgar Lungu to Visit Japan

Zambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Joseph Malanji announced that President Lungu’s visit follows an invitation from Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.Mr. Malanji disclosed this in Tokyo, Japan today after a bilateral meeting with his counterpart, Taro Kono on the on the sidelines of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Ministerial meeting.And Mr. Malanji said government will continue engaging Japanese government and investors in order to acceralate the country’s development agenda.He said government is equally using multilateral processes such as TICAD to realize foreign direct investment and other benefits for national development.Mr. Malanji said Japan through the TICAD process has continued to offer African countries including Zambia developmental assistance and technical expertise in various sectors.He said that is why Zambia considers Japan among the critical partners to the country’s national development.The Minister said Zambia looks upto Japan for high technical expertise to develop especially the mining sector in order to maximize the benefits.Mr. Malanji said government has also thus far ensured that it puts in place legal frameworks, necessary infrastructure and creates a conducive environment to lure more investment in the country.The Minister is leading a delegation in Tokyo to attend TICAD Ministerial meeting which precedes the TICAD seven summit slated for 2019 in Yokohama, Japan.TICAD Summit is a conference held every three years with the objective “to promote high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners.”This is according to a press statement issued by Yotamu Mugara, First Secretary- Press atEmbassy of the Republic of Zambia in Tokyo, Japan. Post Views: 2

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