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The Times of Zambia (Ndola)
 

 

Emmerson Muchangwe
New York

President Mwanawasa has arrived New York in the US ahead of a tight programme during this year’s regular session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.

Mr Mwanawasa, who arrived on Saturday night via London aboard a British Airways plane, was met at JFK International airport by Zambia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Lazarous Kapambwe and other senior embassy staff.

The President was driven straight to New York’s Palace Hotel where he is staying.

At the hotel, the President was received by Zambia’s Ambassador to the US, Inonge Mbikusita Lewanika, deputy permanent representative, Benard Mpundu and several other embassy staff.

The President is accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister, Kabinga Pande, Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister, Ben Kapita, Science and Technology Minister, Peter Daka, Health Minister, Brian Chituwo, Education Minister, Geoffrey Lungwanga, Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister, Felix Mutati, Secretary to the Cabinet, Joshua Kanganja and Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Tens Kapoma.

During his stay in New York, Mr Mwanawasa, who is also Southern Africa Community Development (SADC) chairperson, will take part in various discussions, prominent among which will be one on climate change.

Mr Mwanawasa will start his activities at the UN by attending a reception to be hosted by Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, for all Heads of State attending the General Assembly.

The President will the be among the other Heads of State and Government who will participate in the opening of the 62nd regular session.

Mr Mwanawasa will also make a presentation on climate where he is expected to give a general view of how the SADC region has been affected by the changes in climate and how the various countries in the region are responding to the challenges of adapting to climate change.

The President will be part of the discussants in the plenary session to look at the issue of adaptation in more detail.

In the second plenary session which will look at the mitigation aspect, the President will be represented in the discussion by ministers of Agriculture and Health, Mr Kapita and Dr Chituwo respectively while in the plenary session on technology, Mr Daka and Professor Lungwangwa ministers in charge of Science and Technology and Education respectively would be among the discussants.

Others expected to partcipate in the discussions are Mr Mutati and Dr Kanganja in the fourth plenary session on financing aspect in relation to climate change.

The President will, among other activities, on Tuesday meet with Mr Jack Grynberg of Grynberg Petroleum Company to discuss various issues pertaining to investment before taking part in the round table discussion on human rights and democracy later in the day.

Mr Mwanawasa will on Wednesday deliver another statement to the General Assembly after which he will attend a general debate on the 62nd regular session of the United Nations.

The President will on Thursday travel to Arkansas State where he will receive an award from the Harding University before returning to New York where he will have several engagements including a meeting with Zambians living in New York on Saturday, at the Zambian mission.

On Sunday, Mr Mwanawasa will travel to Seattle in Washingston State where he will attend a business forum as well as meeting with several chief executives of various companies based in the US.

The President is also expected to attend to a number of business engagements in London before returning home in the first week of October.

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