Indian President Arrives In Zambia Ahead Of 3 Day State Visit
President of the Republic of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, has arrived in Zambia, for a three- day State Visit. It is the first time in three decades that a President of India has been on a state visit to Zambia.
The Presidential plane touched down at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport- KKIA at 14:26 hours Zambian time yesterday afternoon.
He was received at KKIA by President Edgar Lungu, First Lady Esther Lungu, Patriotic Front – PF Secretary General Davies Mwila, Cabinet Ministers, Service Chiefs, Senior Government officials, heads of missions accredited to Zambia and Zambia’s High Commissioner to India Judith Kapijimpanga among others.
President Kovind inspected a full guard of honour and was accorded a 21 gun salute.
Zambia has enjoyed excellent relations and cooperation with India with support accorded to Zambia on a bilateral level as well as under the framework of the India- Africa Forum Summit, in the fields of energy, health, infrastructure, capacity building, agriculture and trade among others.
Private investment in Zambia by Indian companies currently stands at over USD 5 Billion in sectors such as mining, infrastructure, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals.
There has been a steady increase in bilateral trade which stands at USD 1.2 Billion from April 2017 to January 2018.