In a significant development for Zambia’s economic ambitions, President Hakainde Hichilema held a constructive meeting with Mr. Cameron Alford, Vice President of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), at State House today on 17th November, 2023.
The discussions centered around Zambia’s aspirations for robust economic development, emphasizing key sectors such as agriculture and road infrastructure.
President Hichilema expressed Zambia’s eagerness to engage in productive activities that will not only drive economic growth but also empower citizens and ensure food security.
The MCC, a pivotal player in supporting global development initiatives, echoed the importance of focusing on agriculture and road infrastructure for the common goal of economic advancement.
President Hichilema highlighted the urgency of developing road infrastructure in farming areas, emphasizing that agriculture is not just a business but a source of empowerment and a cornerstone for food security.
In the context of changing rainfall patterns due to climate change, the President illustrated Zambia’s keen interest in investing more in irrigation.
Recognizing the MCC’s expertise in water management, President Hichilema expressed confidence that their assistance could significantly contribute to realizing Zambia’s agricultural aspirations.
The MCC has a track record of supporting Zambia in water management, having previously assisted Lusaka city in managing waterways and sewage treatment.
President Hichilema expressed optimism that this partnership could extend to advancing agricultural initiatives in response to the challenges posed by climate change.
President Hakainde Hichilema reiterated Zambia’s commitment to upholding partnerships, with a special emphasis on collaborations under the Millennium Challenge Corporation from the United States of America.
He thanked MCC President Cameron Alford for the courtesy call and expressed anticipation for furthering this partnership for the holistic development of Zambia.
As Zambia looks forward to more collaborations with international partners, the President’s commitment underscores the nation’s dedication to achieving sustainable economic growth and fostering beneficial partnerships for the well-being of its citizens.