ECONOMIC diplomacy has assumed great significance with leading features of global economic relations, says Economics Association of Zambia (EAZ) president Lubinda Haabazoka.
In an interview, Dr Haabazoka said economic diplomacy had become a game-changing reality which African countries should fully embrace in order to achieve sustainable and inclusive development.
It was important for Zambia, he said, to fully embrace economic diplomacy and ensure sustainable development.
The EAZ would thus be hosting a landmark National Economic Summit in the tourist capital, Livingstone under the theme, ‘The Future of Economic Diplomacy- Supporting Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development in Africa.’’
“Some of the credible solutions lie in the improvement of Africa’s key sectors such as agricultural productivity through the improvement of market access for smallholder farmers, expansion of local production of goods and services, increasing exports, strengthening service delivery.
“It is important to provide an enabling environment for businesses to thrive and create jobs which are gender-responsive and represent the needs of the young people,” he said.
The summit which will be held from July 25 to 26 this year will be graced by President Edgar Lungu.