Political parties urged to attend the forthcoming second Democracy Summit, to be co-hosted by Zambia and Costa Rica, Netherlands, Korea and the United States (U.S) in March 2023.
It was important for political parties in the country to turn out in numbers and participate in this summit, Zambian United for Sustainable Development (ZUSD) said in an interview in Zambia’s Capital, Lusaka on Thursday, December 8, 2022.
The American Federal Government announced that Zambia will next year join Costa Rica, Netherlands, Korea and the U.S. in hosting the second Summit for Democracy, according to a statement posted on the White
The Summit would demonstrate how democracies deliver for their citizens and the nations are best equipped to address the world’s most pressing challenges during the meeting.
The Democracy Summit was slated for March 29th -30, 2023 respectively.
The Summit would assemble world leaders in a virtual, plenary format, followed by hybrid gatherings in each of the countries with representatives from government, civil society, and the private sector.
ZUSD presidential Assistant Tatila Tatila said the development was welcomed as it would expose the country’s democratic milestones since it returned to multiparty in the last 31 years to the world.
“The US Embassy in Lusaka announced that Zambia will co-host the second summit for democracy which is a welcome move,” Tatila said.
He said co-hosting the Democracy Summit would be a huge boost to the country’s democracy perception
index while boosting investor confidence.
Tatila urged political parties through Zambia Centre for Inter-Party Dialogue (ZCID) to attend the planned summit and showcase the country’s democratic credentials.
He said the country should prepare adequately ahead of the summit by involving all stakeholders at all levels in the country.
“All stakeholders such as councillors, mayors, Members of Parliament including political parties, civil society organisations, the media and traditional leaders among others should be involved before and during the summit for a positive outcome,” Tatila said.
The Summit would not only expose the country to international democratic best practices but also drive economic benefits due to the delegate inflow.
It was expected that hotels and other industries such as those in the food business would adequately prepare for more business from the visitor inflow that would characterise the events.
He said the transport and logistics industry was expected to be on hand to provide the most efficient services to delegates and visitors so that customers have the best and most lasting impression of the country.
“Zambia has had the most peaceful political transitions, which was one of the ingredients of a mature democracy,” Tatila said.