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Lungu leaves for Japan on Monday

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu is expected to attend the forthcoming Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD).

According to special assistant to the President (Press and Public Relations) Isaac Chipampe, Japanese Ambassador to Zambia Hidenobu Sobashima briefed the President on 7th Summit meeting which he said was not only between Japan and Africa, but that the United Nations bodies like the UNDP were co-organisers.

“His Excellency, Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia today met Japanese Ambassador to Zambia, Mr Hidenobu Sobashima at State House. The Ambassador briefed the President on the forthcoming Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD),” he said.

Chipampe further stated that Ambassador Sobashima was also looking forward to Japan supporting Zambia’s health sector.

“The President acknowledged Japan’s continued support in accelerating economic growth and improving the living standards of Zambians. President Lungu is expected to attend the conference which takes place between the 28th and 30th August, 2019,” he said.

Chipampe added that President Lungu would travel to Japan on Monday, August 26 and return on Saturday 31st.

He explained that the benefits expected from the trip include the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation on Africa Health and Wellbeing Initiative for the government and the private sector of Japan to intensively cooperate in Zambia’s health sector, and on Grant of 300 million Yen (US $3 million) for health centre kits of essential drugs.

Chipampe further said the other memorandum was on strengthening peace and stability.

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