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.
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.”
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.”