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Germany President, Steinmeier, to undertake state visit to Zambia, November 1


Germany President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, is expected to undertake a state visit to Zambia from November 1 2023, authorities have said.

President Hakainde Hichilema and Steinmeier are expected to hold bilateral talks where discussions would centre on key issues of mutual interest between the two countries.

Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Stanley Kakubo, announced this in a statement issued in Lusaka on Tuesday.

Kakubo said the areas of discussion would include cooperation in water and sanitation, agriculture, Small and Medium Enterprises development, energy, trade and investment, among other key areas.

He said Steinmeier was also scheduled to visit some projects supported by the German government, including witnessing the signing of an agreement between the Department of Water and KfW Development Bank, in Livingstone.

“The visit by Steinmeier is highly significant as it is aimed at reinforcing the longstanding excellent bilateral ties between Zambia and Germany, premised on shared values and mutual aspirations for prosperity,” Kakubo said.

He said Germany was a pivotal global economic powerhouse and a prominent member of the European Union.

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Kakubo said the visit was, therefore, a momentous occasion for the government to pursue a more robust partnership aimed at fostering sustainable development for the mutual benefit of both nations.

“The government remains confident that the high-level engagements with Germany will immensely contribute to the country’s Economic Transformation Agenda and yield tangible benefits for the people of Zambia,” he said.

Kakubo said Steinmeier was expected to depart Zambia on November 2, 2023.

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