Mr. Lungu says Zambia’s Defence and Security Institutions are among the oldest and most experienced in the region and have continued to be the bedrock upon which the country’s democracy and peace are anchored.
He notes that this is the reason why the Patriotic Front Government values the role the Defence and Security wings play in a democratic dispensation.
Mr Lungu was speaking when he officially opened a one day Topical Symposium on National security and Security Sector Reform co-hosted by the U.S African Center for Strategies Studies (ACSS) and the newly formed ACSS Zambia Community Chapter in partnership with the Dag Hammarskjold Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (DHIPS) and the Embassy of the United States to Zambia.
He says he is optimistic that the symposium and the emerging partnership that has brought together the Copperbelt University, ACSS and the Defence and Security Forces will offer a unique platform upon which valuable networking and exchange of knowledge resources can be translated.
Mr Lungu has since urged the Symposium to generate realizable and concrete outcomes, observations and recommendations which assist policy frameworks towards conflict prevention and resolution that will enhance the capacities of the defence and security forces to fully discharge their constitutionally enunciated roles in democratic governance.
And U.S embassy Charge’d’ Affairs David Young stated that the partnership between the U.S and Zambia Security Officials through the African Center for Strategic studies structure is symbolic of the two countries’ commitment to deepened cooperation.
In a speech read on his behalf by Lieutenant David Walling, Mr. Young expressed confidence that the event will help advance national, regional and global security.