PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says upholding of essential principles of good governance, democracy and the rule of law remains paramount.
In an Intervention Statement on Peace and Stability at the just ended 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Summit, President Lungu told the conference that Africa had embraced and adopted frameworks which promote peace and security within the continent and beyond.
‘This is because there is no single country or region which can claim to achieve sustainable peace and development on its own without collaboration with other countries,” he said.
President Lungu said Africa was faced with various challenges which undermine peace and security.
He cited political differences, terrorism, and cross border crimes.
He said in Zambia, peace and security was an area that successive governments had focused on as a prerequisite to development.
“I am sure we all support the view that sustainable development cannot be achieved without peace. As a result, Zambia has continued to be stable, peaceful and its people friendly, ” President Lungu said.
He said his administration had created a conducive environment for both local and foreign investment in areas such as agriculture, energy, mining and transport.
“Zambia has been supporting mediatory efforts aimed at peaceful resolutions of disputes in Africa and beyond. The country has continued to host a number of refugees from countries facing instability. Currently, Zambia hosts more than 76,000 refugees, former refugees, and Asylum seekers,” said President Lungu, according to Isaac Chipampe, special assistant for press and public relations.