Zambia Keen to Learn from Leading Role of Ethiopia in Regional Matters

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Addis Ababa, 5 July 2014 (WIC) - Zambia wants to take Ethiopia as exemplary in the constructive role it has been playing in East Africa, the country’s ambassador to Ethiopia said.
In an exclusive interview with ENA, Ambassador Susan Sikaneta said she believes that Ethiopia is properly meeting its leading role in the political, economic and social spheres in East Africa.

The country is playing a big role in bringing lasting peace to the region by fighting terrorists and reconciling conflicting parties, she added.

According to the ambassador, Ethiopia is allotting a lot of fund to create a strong trade, investment and market integration of the region since it shares borders with many countries.
Zambia has the aspiration to learn from this experience and play a leading role in the Southern African Region, Ambassador Sikaneta indicated.

The ambassador noted that the diplomatic and political relationship of the two countries dates back to the establishment of the Organization of African Unity (OAU).

She recalled the close collaboration of Zambia’s first president Kenneth Kaunda and Ethiopia’s Emperor Haile Selassie in bilateral and continental issues, adding that the trade andcultural relationship of the countries is growing stronger.

Ambassador Sikaneta cited the collaboration of Addis Ababa and Zambia universities in human resource development and research as an example.

Ethiopia is exporting large amount of leather to Zambia while the latter exports to Ethiopia electric cables and other copper products, she stated, adding that trade and commodity exchanges between the countries have been continuously improving.

Ambassador Sikaneta also expressed her belief that Ethiopia's annual 10 percent economic growth would continue in the coming years.

She finally pointed out that Zambia, in its copper resource, and Ethiopia in leather and water stand among the leading countries in the world; and this will enable them to effectively strengthen their trade and investment ties. (ENA)