EU Development Commissioner expected in Zambia

Andris Piebalgs
Andris Piebalgs
Andris Piebalgs

European Union (EU) Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs is next week expected in Zambia for a three-day official visit.

Commissioner Piebalgs will arrive in Zambia on Tuesday 18th June, 2013.

Whilst in the country, Commissioner Piebalgs will hold high level talks with senior government officials whose agenda is primarily aimed at re-invigorating Zambia-EU cooperation.

The Commissioner will thereafter attend and give a key note speech at the forth-coming Regional Energy Seminar to be held in Lusaka.

This is contained in a press statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today issued by the First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at the Zambian Embassy in Brussels, Belgium, Lambwe Kachali.

Meanwhile, European Business Council for Africa and Mediterranean (EBCAM), Netherlands, Africa Business Council (NABC) and Finish Africa Trade Association (FATA) have organised a Trade and Business Mission to Zambia.

Mr. Kachali said the Trade Mission will coincide with Commissioner Piebalgs’ visit.

Mr Kachali added that companies Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Portugal and Hungary dealing in construction, engineering, environment, transport, information technology, machinery, agro- forestry, energy and food processing and beverages among others will participate in the Trade Mission.

He said the programme of activities with Zambian local companies would be facilitated by the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) and activities ranging from roundtable meetings and tour of local production industries such as Parmalat Zambia and Zambia Breweries respectively will be conducted.

And Zambia’s Ambassador to Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and the EU, Mrs Grace Mutale Kabwe expressed gratitude at Commissioner Piebalgs’ visit to Zambia.

Mrs Kabwe said the EU is one of Zambia’s biggest donor and Commissioner Piebalgs’ visit demonstrates a sign of good development cooperation between Zambia and the EU.

She disclosed that she was working tirelessly to further deepen relations with the EU noting that the relations have continued to exist for many years.

The Zambian Envoy added that the Trade Mission to Zambia would give Zambia great opportunity to attract direct foreign investment and further create a suitable platform for the country’s private sector companies to partner with their European private sector-counterparts that would ultimately foster economic growth in the country.