Statement by Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Anne Wagner-Mitchell on the occasion of the Presentation of Credentials
Lusaka, 28th September 2020
Your Excellency, Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia,
When I learned with joy and humility at the beginning of this year that I was nominated to become Germany's Ambassador to Zambia I felt very privileged to play a role in further intensifying the partnership between our two countries.
I could not imagine then how the COVID-19 pandemic would affect the lives of everyone in our two countries, and indeed all around the world. It serves to remind us all of the fact that our destiny is strongly intertwined. Germany's commitment to assisting Zambia to overcome this crisis is clear and on-going: to date a contribution to the value of more than 550 million Kwacha has been made to Zambia's COVID-19 response. Like our continuous support to alleviate the effects of last year's dreadful drought, this response underlines the very strong ties Germany has with Zambia since its independence. Germany currently holds the EU Council Presidency and as part of the Team Europe we will also strongly advocate within the EU to continue to support Zambia during this crisis and beyond.
Your Excellency, we look forward to substantively reaffirm our longstanding cooperation commitment in the forthcoming bilateral development cooperation negotiations in November. Apart from our core areas of development cooperation - water and sanitation, strengthening good governance, food security and energy – I am glad we also contribute to several wildlife conservation projects. These projects support Zambia’s efforts to conserve its wonderful wildlife and natural beauty while ensuring income and employment for many Zambians. I look forward to exploring Zambia’s national parks and tourism sites together with my family and to promote them in my home country.
Zambia is an anchor of peace and stability in the region and a haven for many refugees. Germany strongly believes in regional cooperation to promote peace, security and development. We encourage you to play an important role and make your voice heard in pursuit of further regional integration.
Your Excellency, Germany's goal is also to enhance our economic relations and to further support your private sector: For example in the area of renewable energy, thus contributing to a climate-friendly and sustainable development path in Zambia. Germany will also continue to support the Zambian–German Agricultural Knowledge and Training Centre (the AKTC) which promotes a resource-saving agriculture and food industry in Zambia. We are expecting a strong German presence at the next AgriTech Exhibition in spring next year – and we hope you will again seize the opportunity to see first-hand the potential of expanding German-Zambian agro-business relations.
Your Excellency, the first posting of my career, almost twenty years ago, took me to a country in another part of Africa. I arrived at a time just after peaceful and free and fair elections. I remember vividly the pride of the people after this important democratic achievement. I will be honored to observe Zambia's next elections and to follow its journey down its own remarkable democratic path.
Even in these first few weeks here I have experienced the warm hospitality and good-heartedness of the people of Zambia. I will be honored to work towards deepening and broadening our bilateral relations.
And, hence, Your Excellency, I feel deeply privileged to now present the letters of recall of the predecessor and my letter of credence to you.