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German President Steinmeier Embarks on Historic State Visit to Zambia

In a groundbreaking announcement, Hon. Stanley K. Kakubo, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation revealed today that His Excellency Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the esteemed Federal President of the Republic of Germany, is set to embark on a historic State Visit to the beautiful nation of Zambia.

According to Hon. Kakubo, the much-anticipated visit is scheduled to take place from the 1st to the 2nd of November, 2023. 

Mr. Kakubo emphasized that during this monumental occasion, President Hakainde Hichilema of the Republic of Zambia and President Steinmeier will engage in substantive bilateral talks.

He said that the discussions at the heart of these talks are poised to focus on an array of critical issues that hold immense mutual significance for both countries. 

The Minister said that these include, but are not limited to, collaboration in vital sectors such as water and sanitation, agriculture, Small and Medium Enterprises development, energy, trade, and investment.

Notably, Mr. Kakubo also emphasized that President Steinmeier will pay visits to several projects that have received substantial support from the German Government. 

According to Mr. Kakubo, one of the highlights of this visit will be the witnessing of the signing of a pivotal agreement between the Department of Water and KfW Development Bank, set to take place in the picturesque setting of Livingstone.

This visit holds a special place in the hearts of both nations as it is intended to strengthen and reaffirm the long-standing and excellent bilateral ties that Zambia and Germany have cherished for years.

He said these ties are firmly rooted in shared values and mutual aspirations for prosperity, making this occasion a symbol of unity and collaboration between the two nations.

Germany, renowned as a pivotal global economic powerhouse and a prominent member of the European Union, brings invaluable opportunities for cooperation. 

According to Minister Kakubo the State Visit is seen as a momentous occasion for the Government of Zambia to explore a more robust partnership with Germany, with an overarching goal of fostering sustainable development that benefits both nations equally.

The Zambian Government, in expressing its unwavering confidence in the outcomes of these high-level engagements with Germany, anticipates that they will play an instrumental role in advancing the country’s Economic Transformation Agenda. 

The hope is that this partnership will yield tangible benefits for the people of Zambia, contributing to their well-being and overall development, he added.

Mr. Kakubo said that the eagerly awaited visit by His Excellency President Steinmeier is set to conclude on the 2nd of November, 2023, leaving behind the promise of strengthened ties and increased cooperation between these two nations. 

Minister Kakubo further expressed his sentiments, “We welcome President Steinmeier with open arms, and we look forward to fruitful discussions and a stronger, prosperous future for Zambia and Germany.” 

The world eagerly anticipates the positive outcomes and collaborative endeavors that will arise from this momentous State Visit between Zambia and Germany. 🇿🇲🤝🇩🇪

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