PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema yesterday held a meeting at State House in Lusaka with a delegation of business leaders from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which seeks to explore opportunities in mining and other sectors.
The delegation from IRH Holdings RSC Limited was led by the UAE Ambassador to Dar-es-Salaam and accredited to Zambia Khalifa Abdulrahman Almarzooqi.
President Hichilema said through a posting on his Facebook page yesterday.
“During the discussion, we emphasized the importance of value addition, accessing quality markets with fair prices, and engaging in direct trade rather than relying on third parties.
“Like the UAE, our vision is to create wealth for our citizens while fostering an enabling environment for them to generate their own pathways to prosperity,” President Hichilema said.
President Hichilema said Zambia and the UAE maintained cordial relations built on mutual trust and cooperation.
Mr Hichilema said the ‘New Dawn’ administration was aiming to draw upon the UAE’s past experiences as it worked towards rebuilding Zambia’s economy.
“Similar to us, they had abundant natural resources but required finance and technology,” he said.
President Hichilema congratulated the UAE for effectively managing their economy and achieving exponential growth for the benefit of their people.
Mr Almarzooqi conveyed a special message from the UAE president Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.