Emmanuel Mwamba has presented his credentials to Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde as Zambia’s new Ambassador to that country.

In a statement, Thursday, First Secretary for Press and Tourism at the Zambian Mission in Addis Ababa Inutu Mwanza said Mwamba told President Zwede that Zambia had embarked on a program to have the AU honour Zambia’s First President Dr Kenneth Kaunda for the role he played in the liberation of the continent.

Mwamba said this when he presented his letter of credence to President Zewde at her Palace, where he also informed her that Zambia was seeking cooperation in the area of investment and business.

“Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, His Excellency Emmanuel Mwamba has called for close bilateral cooperation between the two countries. Mr Mwamba said Zambia is pursuing economic diplomacy as its international policy and would seek cooperation in the area of investment and business. He also stated that the Zambia-Ethiopia Business Forum had been established for the purpose of driving investment between the two countries,” Mwanza stated.

“Mr Mwamba also informed President Sahle-Work Zewde that Zambia had embarked on a program to have liberation icon, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda to be honoured by the African Union and required support of all member of states especially Ethiopia. And Mr. Mwamba stated that Zambia was looking forward to the next Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) since the last one was last held in 2017.”

Meanwhile, President Sahle-Work Zewde said Zambia was an all weather friend of Ethiopia and she was happy to quickly accredit its ambassador.

She also said the business relations between the two countries was symbolised by the two daily flights by Ethiopian Airline.

Mwamba’s presentation of credentials was preceded by a military parade mounted by the Ethiopian Army whose Guard of Honour he later inspected.