The United Kingdom’s Minister for Africa Rory Stewart is visiting Zambia to see how the UK is supporting growth in the country and working towards shared prosperity for both countries.

According to a statement issued by the British High Commission Press & Public Affairs Section, Stewart will hold meetings with President Edgar Lungu, the Minster for Foreign Affairs, local government officials in Mumbwa and the international community.

Speaking ahead of his visit, Stewart said: “Zambia has been an important friend and partner for the UK for many decades. I’m looking forward to working closer with Zambia, as the UK helps Zambia to tackle some of the biggest issues facing the region and helps build economic prosperity to boost future growth”.

“Stewart will see first-hand the transformational results of UK aid and will meet beneficiaries to hear how this support has changed their lives. He will also use this visit to discuss the future of Zambia’s relationship with the UK. Minister Stewart will visit various projects supported by the UK around Lusaka and in Mumbwa district. These include seeing how the UK is strengthening the delivery of basic services such as water and sanitation, and support to small and medium enterprises to promote economic diversification,” read the statement.

Stewart’s two-day visit is his first since his appointment.

Stewart is the joint Minister for Africa for both the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development. He was elected Conservative MP for Penrith and The Border in the UK in May 2010.