–First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda has commended Canadian investment to Zambia.
Delivering a message of goodwill from President Michael Sata to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada John Baird yesterday, Dr Kaunda said Zambia would like to continue working with Canada and get assistance to help it grow economically and end its poverty.
Dr Kaunda also thanked Canada for its investment in the mines where it has created thousands of jobs.
He told the meeting at the Parliament Building in Ottawa where he held bilateral talks with the Foreign Affairs Minister to Canada that Zambia and Canadian friendship which dates back to the time Zambia got its Independence in 1964 is highly valued.
He thanked Canada for standing strongly against apartheid and colonialism in Africa which helped in securing freedom and justice for oppressed people in Southern Africa.
And receiving the massage on behalf of the Prime Minister of Canada the Right Houranable Stephen Harper, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honorable Baird thanked Dr Kaunda for taking time to meet with him.
Mr Baird further thanked Dr Kaunda for being a giant of freedom and for helping fight injustice, colonialism and now HIV/AIDS in Africa.
The minister told the meeting that once the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) is signed and implemented between Canada and Zambia, Canada will do more to encourage Canadian investment to Zambia.
Recently Zambia signed the Declaration of intent on the conclusion of the negotiations of bilateral Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement on March 4, this year in Toronto.
Dr Kaunda is in Canada accompanied by Zambia’s High Commissioner to Canada Ambassador Bobby Mbunji Samakai, Assistant Director for America at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lusaka Mrs Patria Kondolo, forts Secretary for Economic and Trade Mr Friday Chilufya and Ms Cheswa Silwizya, Liaison Officer, office of the First Republican President.