President Edgar Lungu says Zambia attaches great importance to political, economic and multilateral ties with other countries.
President Lungu says this is because the ties play a significant role in the social and economic development of the nation.
He said this during his address to the European, Asian and American members of the diplomatic corps in Zambia, at state house.
He says that government will, during the next five years, work extra hard to provide diverse opportunities for the enhancement and strengthening of relations with various countries for the mutual benefit of citizens.
He explained that government’s vision for 2017 is to significantly reduce poverty, by focusing on reducing the cost of living for the poor majority.
President Lungu said this will be done through increased agricultural productivity, enhanced job creation and accelerated economic diversification, in accordance with the 2016-2021 Patriotic Front manifesto.
He said that government will priorities agriculture during the next five years and also work towards developing key sectors such as energy, industry, transportation and communication, education and health.
He said that accelerated growth in these sectors will spur the much needed development and modernization of the agricultural sector, the country has have the greatest potential for improved productivity and thus increased jobs and wealth.
President Lungu said that his government intends to contribute to a “green world” and seeks to learn and adopt best practices in waste management and environmental preservation and will establish waste recycling plants, such as the one proposed to be established in Munali Constituency.
In the energy sector, he acknowledges the support that has already been offered in refurbishing the Batoka Gorge, Kariba Dam and the Chishimba Falls hydro power plants.
He explained that he is aware of the assistance in the exploration of alternative sources of energy, such as natural gas, which is currently being conducted in block 31 in Northern Province.