President Rupiah Banda says Zambia is making steady progress towards meeting the Millenium Development Goals-MDGs.
The President says Zambia has already recorded good results in the health sector.
He says he is happy that more people are accessing Anti-retroviral drugs, with the figure rising from 13,000 in 2007 to 18,000 last year.
Mr. Banda was speaking at State House in Lusaka on Thursday when he received credentials from new Irish Ambassador to Zambia Tonny Cotta.
President Banda also urged Mr. Cotta to attract Irish investors to Zambia.
He said there are many opportunities in the country which the Irish investors can explore.
And Mr Banda said the newly launched National Anti-corruption Policy will strengthen the fight against the vice.
But in presenting his credentials, the new Irish Ambassador urged Zambia to hold free and fair elections in 2011.
He further called on the Zambian government to effectively implement the Anti-Corruption policy in the fight against corruption.
Mr. Cotta said it is through free and fair elections that the choices made by government are judged by their own citizens.
And Mr Cotta said while his government welcomes the launch of the new Anti Corruption policy by the Zambian government, it is the actual implementation of the policy that is critical