Zambian President Edgar Lungu
Zambian President Edgar Lungu

Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Wednesday left for South Africa to attend the 2017 World Economic Forum on Africa.

The Forum, slated for May 3 to 5 in Durban, is being held under the theme “Benchmarking Africa’s Rising” and the Zambian leader is among African leaders invited to speak at the event.

Lungu told reporters before departure at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport that it was imperative for leaders to meet at such high-level gatherings in order to share experiences.

He said Africa was moving in the right direction in terms of economic development, adding that such gatherings presents an opportunity for the continent to share with the world what was currently happening.

Zambia, he said, should strategically position itself in order to benefit from economic growth on the continent which has fueled competition.

He said the forum will give insights on the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063 and discuss updates on infrastructure development, regional market integration and the promotion of industrial, transport and fiber connectivity corridors.

The Zambian leader was expected to address various issues that include fast-tracking economic unification and lessons to be drawn in light of the Brexit in the United Kingdom as well as address the forum on a theme entitled “Africa in the New Global Context.” Enditem

Source: Xinhua/


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