Zambia: Zambia lobbies for its candidates for AU position at AU summit

Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba, who is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Wednesday, introduced two Zambian candidates vying for two positions at the African Union.

The two candidates are Dr. Austin Sichinga, who is contesting the position of Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, and Ambassador Albert Muchanga for the position of Trade and Industry.

Kalaba, who spoke at a working breakfast meeting in Addis Ababa, said the African continent is more united than it is perceived and that it is through this background that Africa should be focused on its prospects.

According to the state-run Zambia News Information Services, the Zambian Foreign Affairs Minister said President Edgar Lungu, as a son of Africa, is distinguished in his own rights by presenting two sons of the Zambian soil and Africa to contribute to the emancipation of the African continent.

He said Zambia has been very active on the continental body of the African Union and has always been at its service.

Kalaba has since expressed hope that the two candidates that are contesting the two positions will be part of the agenda 2063 if elected into office.

And Ambassador Albert Muchanga said electing Zambia to the commission will promote inclusiveness to the continental body as the country has never served in the AU commission.

Muchanga pledged to introduce fresh ideas and re-energise the commission in its service delivery based on his long experience in economic integration, trade and industry, diplomacy, inter-governmental affairs among others once elected to the position.

He said development of a ‘dashboard’ to enable all Africans monitor daily progress in the implementation of Agenda 2063 is a priority because ordinary citizens on the continent are the drivers of the process.

Zambia’s other candidate vying for the position of Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture Austin Sichinga said the African continent needs to harness trade in order to realize its potential.

Dr. Sichinga suggested a model to which Africa can cooperate and establish a market that will benefit the continent.

He called for the inclusion of rural farmers in the economies of Africa and emphasized the need to improve production capacity.

The 28th session of the African Union is being held under the theme: “2017 harnessing the demographic dividend through investment in youth”.
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25 january 2017 15:49:00

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