Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Malanji announced that President Lungu would arrive in Addis Ababa on Saturday February 9, 2019.
This is contained in a statement issued by Zambia’s First Secretary for Press and Tourism in Ethiopia, Inutu Mwanza.
“Hon Malanji also announced that during his stay in Addis Ababa, President Lungu was scheduled to hold various bilateral meetings with the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, the AU Chairperson of the Commission, Mr Moussa Faki and other regional Heads of State. Hon Malanji also said this year’s Summit was extremely important as it was expected to adopt key transformative legal and structural reforms of the African Union. He said President Lungu was expected to return to Lusaka on Sunday 10th February 2019,” stated Mwanza.
“Hon Malanji was speaking in Addis Ababa on the sidelines of the AU 34th Executive Council. And the 34th Extraordinary Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union has officially opened with a call on Member States to ratify the Continental Free Trade Area Agreement CFTA. African Union Commission Chairperson Mousa Faki Mahamat who officially opened the session said Africa cannot boast of integration in the absence of the CFTA. He urged Member states to support proposed reforms that were meant to improve the efficiency of the African Union Commission.”