Peace cardinal for economic development, says Lungu


PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says he will engage with over 190 Heads of States at the ongoing United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York on the importance of maintaining peace because it is paramount to economic growth.

And President Lungu said he would also be engaging with his fellow Heads of State on the need to finding lasting solutions to the problems of refugees.

The Head of State said this on Thursday evening at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport before his departure to New York to attend the 71st Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly wherea tight programme that would also see him attend a number of high level meetings including the US-Africa Business Forum awaits him.

The theme for the meeting is: The Sustainable Development Goals: a universal push to transform our world.

President Lungu said there was a link between peace and a country’s economic growth, adding that there could only be economic growth in a country if there was political stability and peace.

President Lungu said he would also be engaging with other Heads of State on the problems of refugees because it was also Zambia’s problem for a long time now. “We know what it means to have peace and to be a refugee, so for us we will be teaching them what it means to be at peace. “Most of the countries in Europe are saying what are we going to do with the problem of refugees? But we have had this problem, all of us have grown with it so that is where we are heading to,” he said.

President Lungu said peace was paramount because without it nobody could talk about economic stability.

He said Zambia was going to teach them how paramount peace was to economic stability.

“And I hope I will have a chance to speak on the refugee problem,” President Lungu said.

He said if Zambia could show the European world that it could be at peace and hold democratic elections, the region and the world could emulate Zambia.

President Lungu said Zambia could not ignore neighbouring countries which were