Mother of Swaziland, who is commonly known as Her Majesty Indlovukazi of the
Swatini Kingdom of Swaziland, leads President Banda into the royal palace
grounds at Eludzidzini when the president paid a courtesy call on her in
Swaziland. He was accompanied by Zambia’s High Commissioner to Mozambique Agness
Ngoma (not in picture), who also paid a courtesy call on Her
President Banda says it is important
for Zambia to maintain and improve trade links with other countries in the
region and beyond as this will encourage foreign investment in the country,
develop new markets for local products and create employment.
contained in a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday by special assistant to the
President for press and public relations Dickson Jere after the arrival of
President Banda from Swaziland where he travelled to attend the 14th annual Common
Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) summit.
said during the few years of his rule, Zambia has attracted almost US$6 billion
of investment which is expected to create 103,000 jobs including those in the
fields of electronics, alternative energy and telecommunications.
follows President Banda’s 2008 pledge to turn Zambia into a regional hub with
last week’s commissioning of the Zambia-Malawi railway line being one of the
recent successes of his plan.
“It is hugely important for Zambia to
maintain good trade links with other countries in the region and the world. By
improving trade, we will encourage foreign investment in Zambia and develop new
markets for our products and crops, bringing more jobs and prosperity to all
Zambians,” he said.
The theme of the COMESA summit was ‘Harnessing
science and technology for development’.
Zambia is currently working towards
improving its telecommunications services seen in the recent privatisation of
While in Swaziland, President Banda held numerous discussions
with other heads of state with the aim of enhancing economic stability and
prosperity in Zambia and the region as a whole.
The President took part
in debates about trade with the European Union and called for increased
co-operation with the East African Community and the Southern
African Development Community of which Zambia is a member.
formed in 1994 as a trade bloc and currently has a membership of 19 countries
with a combined population of more than 400 million people.
The aim of the
organisation is to achieve sustainable economic prosperity through regional
Other members are The Comoros, Djibouti, Zimbabwe,
Seychelles, Libya, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Mauritius, Ethiopia, the Democratic
Republic of Congo, Swaziland, Malawi, Eritrea, Sudan, Madagascar, Egypt and