Zambia a shinning Example in the Health Sector

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August 5, 2014 - Zambia's Ambassador to the United States of America (USA) Palan Mulonda says Zambia is becoming a shining example in the area of securing desirable outcomes in the health sector in the US.

Mr. Mulonda says a lot of political will has been demonstrated by the Zambian government under the leadership of President Sata.

He says this is seen through the initiation of projects such as the construction of 650 health post and the up grading of various health centers among other projects in the country.

Speaking during an interview with ZANIS at the Zambian Embassy in Washington today Mr. Mulonda said Zambia's Vice President Dr. Guy Scott will for this reason be given the floor during a meeting on investing in health during the US-Africa summit to be held from the 4th to the 6th of August.

The Zambian Ambassador said Dr. Scott will be among other African Heads of state and government expected to attend the first ever US-Africa summit at the invitation of US President Barack Obama.

He said the Summit whose theme is , 'Investing In the Next Generation' will allow leaders to consider the decisions and joint actions they want to take to consolidate Africa's progress as well as to deepen the relationship between the United States and Africa.

''The Summit will look at three important themes which include investing in the next generation, peace and regionl stability and governing for the next generation. In some sessions leaders will be provided with an opportunity to reinforce shared commitment to inclusive sustainable development, economic growth and trade and investment as well as highlighting the progress that has been made in advancing shared development goals,'' Mr. Mulonda said.

He also said some key signature events will highlight Africa's deepening economic relationship and also offer an opportunity for high level engagement with the US and African business leaders representing small and large business who have demonstrated a keen interest in expanding their activities in Zambia.

The Ambassador further stated that under the peace and security session, leaders will also look at shared concerns regarding peace and security and including a discussion of long term solutions to regional conflicts, peace keeping challenges and combating transitional threats.

''The summit will look at the scope of challenge and steps that leaders can take to stem the sources of illicit flows including fighting corruption and promoting transparency and accountability,'' the ambassador explained.

He also said Mrs. Charlotte Scott is expected to attend among other meetings a spousal meeting hosted by the US first lady Michelle Obama, Laura Bush.

Dr. Scott who arrives on Sunday the 3rd of August in Washington DC will be accompanied by his wife Charlotte and other senior government officials.

Over 50 African Heads of state and government are expected to attend this summit.

The US and African leaders hope that they will emerge with a common agenda for collaborative efforts in the future.