Zambia: Zambian President off to Addis Ababa for AU summit

Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu left Lusaka Thursday for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to attend the 26th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU).

The 30-31 January summit will be held under the theme "African Year of Human Rights with a Particular Focus on the Rights of Women”.

African Heads of State and Government attending the summit will also discuss the establishment of a continental free trade area by 2017, free movement of people, goods and services and introduction of an African passport.

Other issues on their agenda, include discussion on the silencing of the guns project for the establishment of peace and security on the continent, the introduction of an air transport market, and the high speed train project linking all capital cities of Africa.

According to Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the AU, Susan Sikaneta, Zambia has proposed to be one of eight countries earmarked to manufacture parts for the high speed train that the Chinese government plans to introduce in Africa.

Sikaneta disclosed that Zambia wants to manufacture some spare parts for the train at Mpika, where a workshop servicing the Tanzania-Zambia Railway (TAZARA) is located.
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