For Immediate Release
PRESIDENT BANDA LEAVES FOR EGYPT ON STATE VISIT
LUSAKA, December 26, 2010 – His Excellency, Mr. Rupiah Banda, President of the Republic of Zambia, is on Monday expected to travel to Cairo where he has been invited for a State visit by his counterpart, His Excellency, Mohammed Hosni Mubarak, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt.
The President is due to hold high-level talks with President Mubarak on Tuesday after an official welcome parade to be held in Cairo. President Banda will later present a keynote address to the Zambia-Egypt Business Forum, which will be held in Cairo to be attended by Zambian businessmen and women and Egyptian investors.
President Banda said he was looking forward to the State visit to Egypt, a country where he began his career as a diplomat, serving as Ambassador during the reign of President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia and Abdel Nasser of Egypt. The two countries have maintained high-level bilateral relations and recently signed various memoranda of understanding in various fields, including agriculture, land, livestock and fisheries, and science and technology.
“It is for this reason that I am inviting Egyptian and Zambian business fraternities to form a Zambia-Egypt Business Council to spearhead trade between the two countries,” President Banda said ahead of the visit.
President Banda will be accompanied to Egypt by First Lady Madam Thandiwe Banda, Defence Minister Hon. Kalombo Mwansa, MP, Foreign Affairs Minister Hon. Kabinga Pande, MP, Finance and National Planning Minister Hon. Situmbeko Musokotwane, MP, Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister Hon. Felix Mutati, MP, Energy and Water Development Minister Hon. Kenneth Konga, MP, Presidential Affairs Minister Hon. Ronald Mukuma, MP, Lands Minister Hon. Gladys Lundwe, MP, and other Senior Government Officials.
President Banda and his delegation will also attend a luncheon to be hosted by President Mubarak in honour of the Zambian Head of State. President Banda and his delegation are due to return to Zambia after completing the scheduled business in Egypt.
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