President Biden’s delegation attends inauguration of Zambia’s President-elect Hakainde Hichilema

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr’s delegation has arrived in Lusaka to attend the inauguration of Zambia’s President-elect Hakainde Hichilema which is taking place on Tuesday, August 24, 2021.

Hichilema, a veteran opposition candidate unseated Edgar Lungu whose reign was tarnished by serious human rights abuses and a severe economic crisis.

Hakainde Hichilema speaking at his home in Lusaka, the Zambian capital, on Wednesday. His victory was seen as a resounding rebuke of his rival’s shepherding of an economy that was in tatters.Credit...Patrick Meinhardt/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images 
Hakainde Hichilema speaking at his home in Lusaka, the Zambian capital, on Wednesday. His victory was seen as a resounding rebuke of his rival’s shepherding of an economy that was in tatters.Credit…Patrick Meinhardt/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The U.S. presidential delegation is led by Enoh T. Ebong, Acting Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.

“The people of Zambia exercised their political rights and voted in historic numbers in Zambia’s August 12 general elections. We congratulate them, and President-elect Hichilema, on this momentous occasion,” Ebong said in a statement on Monday. “Across the U.S. government, agencies such as USTDA look forward to building a strong bilateral relationship with Zambia as it strengthens the institutions that undergird its democracy.”

Ms. Enoh T. Ebong, Acting Director of the United States Trade and Development Agency 
Ms. Enoh T. Ebong, Acting Director of the United States Trade and Development Agency

Over the last two decades, USTDA has supported 19 projects in Zambia, including recent support for the roll-out of solar microgrids and the development of the country’s renewable energy sector, the government agency said, adding that “USTDA has a long history linking U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries such as Zambia.”

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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