BY BLAIR MHONE
As part of fulfilling his promise to the citizenry of limiting government expenditure on foreign trips, President Lazarus Chakwera has canceled his planned trip to attend the African Union Summit scheduled to take place in Zambia on July 17.
President Chakwera has been limiting his travels especially abroad in response to the current economic downturn.
According to a press release by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today, President Chakwera was going to the AU Summit as SADC Chairperson but has since designated Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nancy Tembo, to represent him.
The statement further states that the President will meanwhile virtually preside over an Extraordinary SADC Troika Summit meeting on 14th July, on the SADC Mission in Mozambique.
Meanwhile, over 4,000 delegates, including 12 Heads of State are expected to attend the AU Summit which will be held at the newly-built Kenneth Kaunda International Conference Centre, in Lusaka, Zambia.
Before the summit for Heads of State on 17th July, there will be a Council of Ministers meeting from 14th to 15th July, 2022.
The theme for this year’s summit is “Building Resilience in Nutrition and Food Security on the African Continent: Strengthen Agriculture, Accelerate the Human Capital, Social and Economic Development.”