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Hichilema undertakes visit to Democratic Republic of Congo


President Hakainde Hichilema is expected to undertake a one day official visit, on October 2, 2023, to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to meet with his counterpart, Felix Tshisekedi, government officials say.

Whilst in the DRC, Hichilema is expected to grace the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kasomeno-Kasenga-Chalwe-Kabila-Mwenda Road Project, with his counterpart Tshisekedi, according to the Ministry of Foriegn Affairs and International Cooperation.

Stanely Kakubo, Minister of Foriegn Affairs, said in a statement issued in Lusaka on Monday that the launch of the project by GED Africa Limited and Partners would take place in Kasenga, DRC.

Kakubo said the project included a road, a one-stop border post and a bridge across the Luapula River.

“President Hichilema has continued to underscore the importance of developing transport corridors in a bid to enhance trade links for various economic sectors,” he said.

Kakubo said the other sectors included mining, agriculture and would provide employment and other long term economic benefits for improved livelihoods of the people along the corridors.

He said the project was in line with government’s development agenda that prioritises the creation of financially viable joint venture partnerships in the region and beyond that are aimed at stimulating economic development and progress.

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“Additionally, the actualization of the road project attests to the excellent longstanding bilateral relations and cooperation between Zambia and the DRC,” Kakubo said.

He added that Zambia’s active involvement in the project would not only enhance regional connectivity and greater integration but also contribute to improving people’s wellbeing.

Kakubo said this would be through creation of opportunities for employment and other income generating ventures.

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