President Hakainde Hichilema is set to embark on a significant diplomatic journey, commencing with his travel to Germany to participate in the Fifth Conference on the G20 Compact with Africa. Following this, he will proceed on a State Visit to Italy, as confirmed by Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Stanley Kakubo.
In Germany, President Hichilema, at the invitation of Chancellor Olaf Scholz, will engage in discussions focused on the energy sector, exploring trade, investment opportunities, and enhancing cooperation in emerging African markets. This visit, scheduled for November 18th, is part of the G20’s efforts to foster collaboration between reform-driven African nations and their global partners.
Immediately after his commitments in Germany, President Hichilema will embark on a State Visit to Italy from November 21st to November 22nd, following an invitation from President Sergio Mattarella. During this visit, discussions will center on reinforcing bilateral and economic ties between Zambia and Italy, emphasizing mutual values and respect.
In Rome, President Hichilema will hold discussions with President Mattarella and Prime Minister Georgia Meloni on critical bilateral and multilateral issues. Additionally, meetings with heads of organizations like the Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Fund for Agricultural Development are scheduled to enhance collaboration in areas of food security, rural development, and poverty alleviation.
Furthermore, the President’s agenda includes participation in the Zambia-Italy Business Forum, an avenue to showcase Zambia’s investment potential and foster joint venture opportunities. This multifaceted diplomatic initiative aims to bolster economic collaboration and development for the betterment of Zambia’s populace.